Colon leads the Government Investigations & White Collar Group in McGuireWoods’ Raleigh office where his practice focuses on government, regulatory and criminal investigations. He concentrates on civil and criminal investigative and enforcement matters including white collar crime, state attorney general investigations, civil investigative demands, state and federal Legislative Branch inquiries, and grand jury subpoenas. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, he was a mortgage banker and served as the elected district attorney in North Carolina’s state capital for 27 years.
As one of North Carolina’s longest serving prosecutors in the seat of state government, Colon’s investigative and litigation experience handling regulatory enforcement and corruption cases allows him to provide valued and trusted counsel to clients who are the subject of action or attention by state, federal and administrative agencies. He has represented clients in environmental, healthcare, banking, public contracting and taxation matters, and has conducted internal investigations for private and public sector entities. Colon was a member of two legislative study commissions reviewing law enforcement issues and insanity verdicts, and he served on the governor’s Task Force on Racial and Religious Violence.
Colon is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and he serves as the past president of the North Carolina State Bar. He also is past president of the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers and the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys; past director of the Wake County Bar Association and the National District Attorneys Association; and a former North Carolina State Bar councilor.
Colon also is dedicated to contributing to his community. He served on the Board of Governors of Summit House Inc.; as a director of Artspace Inc.; a member of the Raleigh Rotary Club; and a director of NCLEAF. He sits on the YMCA of the Triangle’s board and is a member and elder of White Memorial Presbyterian Church.
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Named to North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020
Named to "North Carolina Super Lawyers," Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2021
Order of the Long Leaf Pine
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Peter Gilchrist Award, North Carolina Bar Association 2011
Joseph Branch Professionalism Award, Wake County Bar Association 2010
James Iredell Professionalism Award, Campbell Law School 2007
President, North Carolina State Bar, 2019-2020
Vice President, North Carolina State Bar, 2017-2019
President, Wake County Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1984-1985
Director, Wake County Bar Association, 2010-2012
Member, North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission, 2007-2012
Member, North Carolina State Bar Council
President, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, 1992-1993
Former member, Board of Directors, National District Attorney’s Association
National Honor for White Collar Team
February 13, 2020
McGuireWoods Honored as a Law360 White Collar Practice Group of the Year
January 15, 2020
McGuireWoods Partner Colon Willoughby Becomes President of North Carolina State Bar
October 30, 2019