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John F. Ayers III

About Me

John grew up in Charlotte attending High School here and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC 1982) where he majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He played on the Varsity Soccer team for UNCC. After College, John worked for a year as a Fire Tech for a alarm company before going to law school. He saw how hard people work for their money only to lose it all when a workplace injury happened.  It was there that he decided to go to law school so he could help injured workers who he saw being treated unfairly.  He attended and graduated from Campbell University School of Law (now in Raleigh, NC) and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986.  John has been practicing Worker's Compensation since that time and practices in the area 100% of his time.  He was recognized as a NC Worker's Compensation SuperLawyer in 2006.  SuperLawyer's are outstanding lawyers in their field chosen by independent research.  A SuperLawyer has been designated as someone with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He is dedicated to helping those injured worker's who find they cannot get fair treatment from large insurance companies. Having been hurt himself at the alarm company he knows first hand the challenges that exist for injured workers.  Most people have no idea what their rights are in the face of an injury.  And the Company doesn't seem very interested in helping many times. After an injury on the job, it seems the Company starts treating workers differently. He is committed to making sure injured worker's rights are protected.  And he enjoys helping out the hard working people of North Carolina.

John has extensive experience advancing worker's rights before the Industrial Commission in Raleigh, both at the initial Hearing level and before the Full Commission.  He has argued cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court in worker's compensation.


John has concentrated knowledge of the special needs of handicapped individuals and what the law provides for protection of such people. He has been successful securing handicapped accessible housing for his clients when the insurance companies denied those rights to his clients.  He also has extensive experience representing those with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Disorder (RSD) and knows how to get clients specialized medical treatment for such clients. Some of those are cutting edge treatments many physicians don't provide and most insurance companies routinely deny.  John has fought big insurance companies and successfully obtained these treatments for CRPS patients for 15 years.  If you have a injury that develops into CRPS or RSD, John can assist you in obtaining medical treatment which has a fighting chance of alleviating the problems you experience and making your life more livable.  You can find out more information about this disease at




Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 100%
    29 years



Contingent (25%)

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Nicholas P. Valaoras

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. John is dilligent, ethical and dedicated to representing his clients to the best of his abilities. He has always been very professional and courteous in my dealings with him and is an excellent representative of the legal community.


    Nicholas Valaoras Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Lynn G. Gullick

    I endorse this lawyer.I have had the chance to work with John on numerous occasions. Not only is he extremely well prepared but also he has excellent communication skills. He is very well respected in the entire legal community.


    Lynn Gullick Arbitration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Sellers Hinshaw Ayers Dortch & Lyons, P.A.

410 Cameron Brown Bldg.
301 S McDowell St
Charlotte, NC, 28204-2623



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Ranked Law Firm 2015American Lawyer Magazine2015
Top Contributoravvo2015
Nations Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
BV Distinguished RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Recognized in the Area of Workers' CompensationNorth Carolina Law and Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAyers, Whitlow & Dressler2000 - Present
PartnerDeLaney & Sellers, P.A.1988 - 1999
Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Carolina Advocates For Justice, Workers' Compensation SectionMember1989 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Scarboro v. Emery Worldwide Freight Corp. (NC Ct. of Appeals)Plaintiff prevailed on Costs of Life Care Plan
Herbstreit v Spherion Corp. (NC Industrial Commission)Plaintiff awarded handicapped accessible housing
Larrimore v Dillard's Dept Store (NC Industrial Commission)Employee awarded increase in weekly benefits
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of North Carolina at CharlottePolitical Science / Criminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Workers Compensation Mini-SeminarWorkers Compensation issues for Nurse Case Managers2009
HOA Planned Community Seminar for Mecklenburg County AssociationsHOA planned communities remedies for violations of restrictions1994