Harbinson, Joel C.
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Joel C. Harbinson

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Biography

Joel C. Harbinson attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1977 with an A.B. degree and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1979 with a J.D. degree. He has been self-employed since 1979 as a criminal, domestic, and personal injury attorney in Taylorsville. In addition, Joel is a certified mediator in Superior Court cases, receiving accreditation from the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission in 1998, and is a certified arbitrator in District Court cases.

Mr. Harbinson is the former President of the 22nd Judicial District Bar Association (1987-1988, 1999-2000) and a member of the American Bar Association, the N.C. Bar Association, the N.C. Advocates for Justice, and the Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity. He has received an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, giving him the highest possible ranking by his fellow attorneys and judges in both competence and ethics. He has also been recognized as one of the Outstanding Lawyers in America and is listed on the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • A.B. - 1977
    • Honors: Broyhill Industries Scholar

Pro-Bono Activities

  • UNC Educational Foundation, Inc. (a Big Ram since 1990)
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Alexander Community Hospital, 1993 to 1997

Past Positions

  • Alexander County Board of Education, School Board Attorney, 1981 to 1998
  • Town of Taylorsville, Town Attorney, 1987 to 1989
  • Alexander County Board of County Commissioners, Alexander County Attorney, 1982 to 1986
  • Alexander County Board of County Commissioners, Alexander County Attorney, 1992 to 1994

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Family Law section)
  • District 22A Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Family Law section), County Captain
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Alexander County Board of Commissioners, Elected Office, 1998 to 2002
  • Alexander County Board of Commissioners, Elected Office, 2003 to 2004
  • Alexander County Board of Commissioners, Chairman, 1998 to 1999
  • Alexander County Board of Commissioners, Chairman, 2001 to 2002
  • 22nd Judicial District Bar Association, President
  • N.C. Bar Association, Member
  • Superior Court Mediator, N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission, 1998

Current Employment Position

  • Senior Partner

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1982

Honors

  • "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale‑Hubbell every year since 2000
  • Selected by NC Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2018 North Carolina "Leaders in the Law," 2018
  • 2019 recipients of the Citizen Lawyer Award
  • "The Order of The Long Leaf Pine," by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, 2018
  • "Super Lawyer" in the area of Criminal Defense by Thomson Reuters, 2021
  • One of the Top 100 lawyers in the State of North Carolina
  • 2021 Thomson Reuters “NC Super Lawyer”
  • 2018 NC Lawyers Weekly “Leader in the Law”