Phone: (336) 714-0333
301 N. Main Street, Suite 2200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

About Attorney John Wait

Tel: (336) 714-0333
Fax: (336) 714-0334

John joined Martin & Gifford after founding his own firm and clerking for several judges at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He focuses his practice on real estate litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, and has extensive experience drafting contracts and forms for real estate transactions. John is part of our team that handles disciplinary cases before the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, and he also has broad experience litigating cases in all of North Carolina’s courts, federal court, and the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

In his free time, John enjoys playing soccer, golfing, running, cycling, reading novels, and spending time with his family. He is also the mayor of Clemmons, North Carolina. Having grown up on a farm, John brings a small town, client-focused approach to cases, and he is dedicated to making sure his clients get results.


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, with honors
  • Huntington University (IN), B.A. in philosophy and mathematics


  • Wait Law, P.L.L.C. | Owner
  • The Honorable Cressie Thigpen | NC Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Robert N. Hunter, Jr. | NC Court of Appeals
  • Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave, and Peek
  • The Honorable Rick Elmore | NC Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Wanda Bryant | NC Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Jim Roberson | Alamance District Court
  • Oak Ridge Military Acad. | Math Teacher and Soccer Coach
  • Western Guilford High School | Math Teacher
  • Lee County High School | Math Teacher and Track Coach
  • Eckerd Youth Alternatives | Master Counselor


  • Campbell Law Review | Another “Straightforward Application”: The Impact of Melendez-Diaz on Forensic Testing and Expert Testimony in Controlled Substance Cases. | Author  [Click HERE to Read]
  • Plea Bargaining, Edition Update | Author: G. Nicholas Herman | Researcher [Click HERE for Overview]
  • University of Glouchestershire, 38th Annual Marketing Conference | The Peacock’s tail and the case of the stolen shoes: unexamined materialism revisited by virtuous marketing and servant leadership. | Co-author [Click HERE for Abstract]

Work Product

  • Farm Bureau v. Cully’s Motocross Park, Inc., et al., Amicus Brief [Click HERE to Read]
  • State of North Carolina v. Roger Dale Davis, Jr., Appellant Brief [Click HERE to Read]

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Middle District North Carolina
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Eastern District North Carolina
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina Superior Court
  • North Carolina District Court


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • NCBA Appellate Rules Committee
  • NCBA Real Estate Section
  • Forsyth County Bar Association

T: (336) 714-0333
F: (336) 714-0334

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101