McGuireWoods Raleigh partner
Colon Willoughby was installed as president of the North Carolina State Bar on Oct. 24 at
the organization’s annual dinner. He was sworn in by North Carolina Supreme
Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley.
Willoughby, a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations & White
Collar Litigation Department, has been a state bar officer since 2017 and
previously was a member of the organization’s governing council. While
serving on the council, he chaired the Authorized Practice Committee and
was vice chairman of the Grievance Committee.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as president of the state
bar and to work with colleagues across North Carolina to ensure we maintain
a fair and ethical system of justice,” Willoughby said.
Willoughby joined McGuireWoods in 2014 after a 27-year career as Wake
County’s district attorney. He has served as president of the Wake County
Academy of Trial Lawyers, director of the Wake County Bar Association,
president of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, and a
member of the National District Attorney’s Association board of directors.
Willoughby is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
“Colon has made important contributions to the legal community throughout
his career in public service and private practice and his leadership will
be a tremendous asset for the North Carolina State Bar,” said
J. Tracy Walker IV, McGuireWoods’ managing partner.