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John M. McCabe

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From the time John was 8 years old, he wanted to be a lawyer. After living in San Francisco and New York, John spent most of his childhood growing up in North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Campbell University School of Law. While at Campbell, John was named to two national moot court teams, and the law school's faculty recognized him as one of the nation's best, up-and-coming lawyers. After graduating from Campbell with honors, John initially worked for a law firm that defended claims filed by injured people. After seeing from the inside how insurance companies and big business attempt to work the legal system to maximize their own profits, John quickly realized that accident victims needed a strong and aggressive advocate to stand up and fight for them. So, in 1995, he changed firms and since then, he has focused exclusively on representing people throughout the country who have been injured by trucking collisions, medical negligence, defective products, and on-the-job accidents.


Known for his strong work ethic and attention to detail, one of John's most notable achievements occurred in 2000 when he represented a young mother and her daughter in a case against the State of North Carolina for serious injuries that they suffered when their mini-van was struck head-on by a Department of Transportation dump truck. At that time, a damages cap limited the amount of damages that could be recovered from the State of North Carolina to a maximum of $150,000, which was less than half of the mother's medical bills. Through John's efforts and against considerable odds, he was not only able to persuade the General Assembly to increase the cap to $500,000, but he also instituted ground-breaking lawsuits that resulted in the family recovering a settlement that was more than 10 times the amount initially offered by the State.

John is licensed to practice law in all North Carolina federal and state courts, and he is a very active member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. John devotes a considerable amount of his time to teaching legal concepts and advocacy skills to other attorneys and law students, and his articles are frequently published throughout the State.

In his free time, John coaches a youth basketball team, and he serves as an extraordinary minister, lecturer, and mass coordinator at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.  He enjoys basketball, softball, running, biking, music, and traveling with his wife, Rebecca. 



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Practice areas


  1. Dog Bite: 16%
    22 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 16%
    22 years
  3. Trucking Accident: 16%
    22 years
  4. Car Accident: 16%
    22 years
  5. Other: 36%
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  • Sean Cleary

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.


    Sean Cleary Car accident Attorney
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  • Christopher James Day

    I fully endorse Mr. McCabe. It is very clear from reading his answers to various questions of Avvo that he has a deep understanding of the law, particularly in the area of Personal Injury.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Attorneys in North CarolinaBest Lawyers2013
North Carolina Top Rated LawyerALM2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2013
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2012
Best Attorneys in North CarolinaBest Lawyers2012
North Carolina Top Rated LawyerALM2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100 Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2011
Top 100 Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2010
Top 100 Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top 100 Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Assocation2009
Platinum AwardThe Verdict Group2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A.2008 - Present
PartnerDavis & McCabe, P.A.1999 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaN/A2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A1999 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeAuto Torts Executive Committee1995 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeChair, Auto Torts Executive Committee2013 - 2014
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeVice-Chair, AutoTorts Executive Committee2012 - 2013
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeEthics Committee2012 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Crabtree v. The State of NC$1,750,000 settlement
Jackson v. Logging Company$1,300,000 settlement
Jones v. ABC Crane Company$2,000,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Personal Injury Practice in North CarolinaThe Analysis & Investigation of Personal Injury Cases2011
North Carolina Advocates for Justice“Emerging Issues in Personal Injury Law”2010
Trial Briefs (NCAJ)“The Rules of the Road – Understanding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations”2004
Campbell Law Review“Examining DiDonato’s Damage Limitations And Mandatory Joinder Requirements – Greer v. Parsons"1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillEconomicsA.B.1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Tort Claims Act CLEDemystifying the State Tort Claims Act2012
NCAJ Annual ConventionSuccessful Depositions2012
Trucking Litigation CLEThe Rules of the Road in Trucking Cases2011
Nuts & Bolts of Personal Injury CasesThe Investigation and Handling of Personal Injury Cases2010
Putting The Hammer Down on Unsafe TruckersThe Rules of the Road -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations2008
Interstate Trucking LitigationTrucking Litigation and D.O.T. Regulations2007
Practical Skills CourseThe Investigation & Handling of Personal Injury Cases2006
Personal Injury Law in North CarolinaAchieving Favorable Settlements in North Carolina2005
American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation GroupThe Doctrine of Statutory Employment: Holding Motor Carries Liable for The Negligence of Leased Vehicles & Drivers2005
Mountain MagicThe In’s and Out’s of Civil Discovery2004
Personal Injury Law for ParalegalsThe Rules of Civil Discovery2002
Advanced Personal Injury LitigationSetting Up The Winning Deposition2002
Sixth Annual North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational ConferenceRepresenting Psychological Injured Workers In Workers’ Compensation Claims2001
Mountain MagicEffective Use of Exhibits and Experts in Auto Torts Cases2000
Third Annual North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational ConferenceEffective Representation of Parties to Form 24 Informal Hearings1998