J. William Owen

Practice Areas

Catastrophic Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Dangerous and Defective Products
Auto Defects
Trucking Accidents
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
Premise Liability
Workplace Accidents
Dram Shop Liability

Bar Admissions

North Carolina
United States District Court-Eastern District of North Carolina


North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Auto Torts Section
North Carolina Bar Association
Robeson County Bar Association

Education and Professional Background

East Carolina University, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, 2011 (Summa Cum Laude)
North Carolina Central University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2014 (Magna Cum Laude)

Community Involvement and Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Star (2021, 2022)
North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly Rising Star (2019)
Former Student Body Attorney General, East Carolina University Student Conduct Board, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Former Member, National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Big Buddy Program for underprivileged youth, 2006
Red Oak Fire Department, Volunteer Firefighter, Greenville, NC 2008-2010
Ogden Fire/Rescue, Volunteer Firefighter, Wilmington, NC 2007-2008
Recipient, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club International


Joseph W. Owen, A ‘Plausible’ Future: Some State Courts Embrace Heightened Pleading After Twombly and Iqbal, 36 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 104 (2013).

Media Mentions

Families of passengers killed in plane crash settle for $15 Million

Workplace death leads to $9.13 Million Settlement

Families settle wrongful death lawsuits almost a year after fatal OBX plane crash

Lawsuit Filed in Wrightsville Beach Hit and Run Case

Lawsuit Filed in Death of Fayetteville Letter Carrier

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