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John Szymankiewicz is a licensed Professional Engineer and Attorney in North Carolina. Embarking on a second career, John went to law school at night while juggling a demanding full time job, a family, and teaching at a local martial arts school.


While launching his law practice, John saw the need for trained, understanding attorneys focused on their clients needs in some key areas. Most importantly, this means developing an ongoing relationship, becoming a business partner, with clients  instead of being merely a supplier of services. As such, in this law office, we strive to find the right solution for the client  now and in the future. We look for opportunities to work collaboratively and keep costs down for our clients, principally individuals and small businesses.


In addition to his legal training, John brings experience from nearly 15 years of operations, processing engineering, and project management in the food and pharmaceutical industries. John has worked in quality and compliance, engineering, manufacturing, and R&D. John received his JD from North Carolina Central University and also holds an MBA and a BS in Chemical Engineering.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 60%
    6 years
  2. Corporate: 15%
    6 years
  3. Trademark Application: 15%
    6 years
  4. Mediation: 5%
    6 years
  5. Animal Law: 5%
    6 years



Hourly ($150-200/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Anthony James Cuticchia Jr.

    John is a driven professional. He is a leader in the area for legal matters in the Craft Beer Industry, but does not limit himself to that area. He is also active in many bar association committees and overall an excellent attorney.


    Anthony Cuticchia Patent application Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Douglas L. McClanahan

    Working with John is great. I endorse him because he is highly professional and his work product/ legal competence is excellent. John is reasonable and fair.


    Douglas McClanahan Contracts and agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

16 W Martin Street.
Raleigh, NC, 27601


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Presidents Award of ExcellenceWake County Bar Association2014
Presidents Award of ExcellenceWake County Bar Association2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Project ManagerBayer / Talecris / Grifols2000 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Brewers GuildAffiliate Member2012 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
North Carolina Central University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)Chemical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting CLEBeer and Trademarks2015
CLEBeer and Distillery Law in NC2015
CLEBeer Law2015
ALDF MeetingAnimal Law2015
CLEBeer Law2014