Resident Superior Court Judge
10th Judicial District (Wake County)
Campbell Law, 1986
The Honorable Paul Ridgeway is a Resident Superior Court Judge of the 10th Judicial District (Wake County), North Carolina. As a superior court judge, Judge Ridgeway presides over felony criminal trials, civil matters where the amount in controversy exceeds $25,000, and administrative appeals arising from various state agencies. He has presided in courts in over 40 counties in North Carolina, and has been appointed by the Chief Justice to adjudicate exceptional and complex commercial and constitutional matters throughout the State.
Judge Ridgeway earned his B.S. degree (’82) and a Masters of Public Administration (’90) from North Carolina State University (NCSU). Judge Ridgeway earned his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Campbell University School of Law (’86), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Judge Ridgeway received a fellowship to study the law of the European Community at the University of Amsterdam, and was awarded a degree from that institution (’87).
For two decades, Judge Ridgeway was engaged in the private practice of law. His practice consisted of a wide variety of commercial litigation, commercial transactions, and administrative law matters. In November 2006, Judge Ridgeway was elected to the Superior Court and he began his duties as a judge in January 2007. For more than 20 years, Judge Ridgeway has also been an adjunct professor of law at Campbell University School of Law, where he currently teaches a seminar in Law and Public Policy and a seminar on International Commercial Litigation.