Peter J. Juran

When faced with a legal dispute, you need to know that your attorney has the experience and confidence to see it through. A lawyer who hasn’t sat next to his client, awaiting a jury’s verdict, cannot advise on the full range of options, the risks, and the ramifications of a decision to settle or to fight. Peter’s extensive background of trying cases through to jury verdicts, bench judgments, and arbitration awards means that he can provide experience-based advice on the crucial issues in legal disputes. These include: whether and when to settle, and when and how to aggressively pursue claims to the point where the best possible outcome for you or your business is achieved. In over thirty years of litigating, Peter has tried dozens of cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators. He hasn’t won them all, but he learned invaluable lessons from each of them.

When, as is usually the case, your best outcome is a negotiated settlement, Peter has the skills and knowledge to ensure that the agreement is beneficial to you, and avoids a relapse into dispute through poor drafting or lack of clarity. When it is necessary to litigate, he is comfortable in that role, also.

This experience in the trenches informs the advice Peter provides on a daily basis to his clients who need guidance on decisions involving contracts of all kinds, employee rights and duties, company control and management disputes, real property and construction law issues, trust and estate litigation, and all manner of civil litigation.

Peter is married with three girls, including surprise twins. He is an active community volunteer, having served as Chair of the Boards of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Leadership Winston-Salem, the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, the Trustees of Maple Springs United Methodist Church, and Piedmont Chamber Singers. He currently serves on the boards of Hospice and Palliative Care Center, SECCA, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation.

Peter has especially extensive experience in several areas:

  • Employment Law, including the enforcement of covenants against competition
  • Construction Law, including lien claims and arbitrations
  • Intellectual Property Litigation, including Patent, Copyright, and Trade Dress litigation in Federal Courts

In addition to his litigation practice, Peter is also certified by the Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conferences. As a mediator, he focuses in the areas of commercial, real estate, corporate, and intellectual property disputes.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Outside General Counsel Services


  • B.A. Colgate University, 1983, cum laude, Philosophy and Religion
  • J.D. Duke University, 1986
  • M.A. Duke University, 1986, Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1986
  • NC Districts of US District Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and Federal Circuit
  • United States Tax Court

Areas of Focus

  • Employment law
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Commercial and corporate disputes
  • Construction law
  • Real estate disputes
  • Mediations

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • UNCSA – Board of Trustees, (Board Vice Chair – Current)
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Center, (Board Chair – Current)
  • Continuing Legal Education course speaker, “Complex Construction Law Issues”
  • Continuing Legal Education course speaker, “Intellectual Property Law Issues”
  • UNCSA – Foundation Board of Directors (former), (Board Chair 2019)
  • Leadership Winston-Salem, Board of Directors (former), (Board Chair 2013-2014)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Board of Directors (former), (Board Chair 2014-2015)
  • SECCA (former), Board of Directors
  • Piedmont Chamber Singers, Board of Directors (former), (Board Chair)
  • Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, Board Member (former), (Board Chair)

Awards & Civic Certifications

  • Certified to Conduct Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conferences, Dispute Resolution Commission
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, since 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, since 2019