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John is a partner at Bagwell Holt Smith and manages the firm's Family Law department.  His practice includes all aspects of Family Law, including separation and divorce, premarital and postmarital agreements, custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, adoptions and termination of parental rights.  While John primarily practices in Orange, Durham, Wake and Chatham Counties, he has represented clients from Burgaw to Boone.  

John resides in Cary with his wife and young daughter.  He is proud sponsor of the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill where he leads a free divorce workshop each month and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Family: 50%



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Barbara M. Szombatfalvy

    John Miskey is an accomplished attorney who works hard for his clients. As opposing counsel he is always seeking ways to resolve disputes without litigation, but is a fierce litigator when he needs to be. John is an excellent addition to our legal community.


    Barbara Szombatfalvy Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • James F. Lovett Jr.

    John is a highly intelligent family law attorney. He also has a terrific personality - an intriguing combination. I have worked with John as my co counsel on family law cases. He works tirelessly (nights / week ends / whatever it takes to get the best results for the client). He understands the domestic client and what it takes to get the job done - with excellence. John is a great attorney and a great human being.


    James Lovett Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Bagwell Holt Smith P.A.

111 Cloister Ct., Ste. 200
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514-2296


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
National MembershipThe Order of the Barristers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBagwell Holt Smith P.A.2006 - Present
Law ClerkLipsitz Green Schime Cambria2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Family BarCo-chair2014 - Present
Compass Center for Woman and FamiliesBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Family Law Council - Adoption CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Durham County Family BarMember2008 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
North Carolina Judicial District 15B Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Orange County Family Law AssociationMember2006 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Durham County Family BarCo-chair2010 - 2012
Family Law Council - Child Issues CommitteeMember2010 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Carsanaro v. Colvin, 716 S.E.2d 40 (2011)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Niagara UniversityThe Specialty Court Movement: A Western New York Perspective2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Niagara UniversityCriminology and Criminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly Family Law WorkshopSeparation and Divorce2015
Monthly Family Law WorkshopSeparation and Divorce2014
Monthly Family Law WorkshopSeparation and Divorce2013
Monthly Family Law WorkshopSeparation and Divorce2012
Monthly Family Law WorkshopSeparation and Divorce2011