Campbell Law School

Judge John Marsh Tyson

Judge John M. Tyson was elected statewide in 2014 and presently serves on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Previously, he served as Chairman of the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. He also served as an elected Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2001 until 2008 and as a Recall Judge from 2009 to 2014.  

Judge Tyson holds the highest AV Pre-Eminent peer reviewed professional rating from Martindale Hubbell–Lexis/Nexis. He holds the designation of Board Certified Specialist--Real Property Law--Business, Commercial, and Industrial Transactions by the North Carolina State Bar in 2001 (re-certified in 2007 and 2012), and is the only North Carolina judge so certified.

An advocate of life-long learning, Judge Tyson earned a Master of Laws in Judicial Process (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia School of Law (2004); a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Duke University (1988); a Juris Doctor (J.D.) with honors from Campbell University School of Law (1979--Member of the Charter Class); and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1974).

Judge Tyson has been teaching law at Campbell Law School since 1987. Judge Tyson is a member of both the North Carolina and Virginia State Bars, a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator, a past member of the North Carolina Property Tax Commission, and past elected Chairman of both the Cumberland County Joint Planning Board and the Cumberland Soil and Water Conservation District. Judge Tyson’s more than thirty-five years of other professional experience includes the private practice of law and senior level corporate real estate development and counsel positions with three national corporations. Judge Tyson is also a frequent continuing legal education author and presenter.


LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law
M.B.A., Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
J.D. (cum laude), Campbell University School of Law
B.A. (English and Secondary Education), University of North Carolina-Wilmington