• J.T. Crook

John T. Crook

John "J.T." Crook is an attorney in the firm’s litigation section, regularly representing businesses, financial institutions, municipal police departments, insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of civil litigation matters.  His practice focuses in the areas of financial services litigation, commercial litigation, general tort liability, constructive defect litigation, personal injury litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.  J.T. has defended multiple cases to a verdict, and regularly appears on behalf of his clients in state and federal courts across North Carolina. 

In 2013, 2014, 2015 and again in 2016, J.T. was selected as a North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (a category for attorneys 40 years old or younger) by peer evaluation in the business litigation practice area.  No more than 2.5 percent of North Carolina attorneys are named to the Rising Stars list.

J.T. has served as the President, Secretary, Treasurer and Social Chair for the Young Lawyers Division of the Wake County Bar Association, and served a year by virtue of those positions on the Wake County Bar Associate Board of Directors.  He is annual contributor to the A.M. Best Company Digest of Insurance Law for North Carolina.

Some of J.T.’s representative experience includes the following:

  • Defended municipal police department against claims of racial discrimination, and helped obtain summary judgment in favor of department on all of plaintiffs’ claims
  • Defended property preservation and inspection company in multiple legal actions against claims of trespass and conversion in connection with claims against mortgage lenders and loan servicers
  • Defended utility inspection company in personal injury action alleging negligence of utility and inspection company in the maintenance and inspection of in-service wooden power poles
  • Defended financial institution against claims of conversion and breach of fiduciary duty brought by a depositor and account holder and helped obtain a dismissal in favor of the institution
  • Defended construction company and grading contractor against claims of negligence and negligence per se in civil action arising out of the burial of grading and clearing debris in the development of residential subdivision in eastern North Carolina

J.T. joined Bailey & Dixon in the fall of 2006, after graduating from the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.  Before law school, he received his undergraduate degree in History from North Carolina State University. 

J.T. and his wife, Jill, live in Raleigh with their three young sons, Henry, Elijah and Silas.


  • North Carolina State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2003
  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 2006

Jurisdictions Licensed

  • All North Carolina State Courts
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Reported Cases

  • Thornton v. Stuckey No. COA 11-508, 721 S.E.2d 763, 2012 N.C. App. LEXIS 157 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Edgewater Services, Inc. v. EPIC Logistics, Inc. No. COA 11-176, 720 S.E.2d 30, 2011 N.C. App. LEXIS 2494 (N.C. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Ford v. Paddock 196 N.C. App. 133, 674 S.E.2d 689 (2009)
  • Goodman v. Holmes & McLaurin 192 N.C. App. 467, 665 S.E.2d 526 (2008)
  • Magnolia Mfg. of N.C., Inc. v. Erie Ins. Exch. 361 N.C. 213, 639 S.E.2d 443 (2007)
  • Webb v. Brawn No. 15-6332, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16315 (4th Cir. 2015)
  • Vinal v. Federal National Mortgage Ass'n No. 7:13-CV-159, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125052 (E.D.N.C. 2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association