Born: Wilmington, North Carolina, October 2, 1947
Practice Areas: DWI; Traffic Violations; Criminal Defense; Real Estate; Family Law; Accidents; Personal Injury; Estate Planning.
Admitted: 1981, North Carolina
Law School: Campbell University, J.D., 1979
College: Campbell University, B.S., 1969
Member: Duplin County, Fourth Judicial District (Secretary-Treasurer, 1982-1985; Vice-President, 1992-1993; President, 1993-1994), North Carolina and American Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers; The Association of North Carolina Municipal Attorneys (Member, Board of Directors, 1985-1986).
Biography: J. Garrett Ludlum was born in Wilmington on Oct. 2, 1947. After completing high school at New Hanover High School, he attended Wake Forest and graduated from Campbell College in 1969. He taught 6th grade at Kenansville Elementary for one year in 1970 before entering the banking business where he worked until 1976. During this time, Garrett was also a member of the North Carolina National Guard. In 1976, he became a member of the charter class of the Campbell College School of Law. Upon completing law school and the bar exam, he moved to Warsaw in 1981 and has practiced law there ever since.
In 1971, he married Patsy Sheffield and they have two sons, John, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Hayes, his partner in Ludlum Law Firm, P.A. Additionally, he is "Bunky" to John's daughter Leona and Hayes' son Miller.
Garrett is a general practitioner in the truest sense. He is attorney for the towns of Kenansville, Magnolia, Faison and Teachey. He is and has been an active member of the Duplin County indigent defense list throughout his career. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to real estate closings, estate planning and administration as well as civil litigation. Additionally, he is a certified Superior Court mediator. Over the course of his career, Garrett has served the Warsaw community and Duplin County in several regards. He has previously served as president of the 4th Judicial District Bar, which encompasses Duplin, Sampson, Jones, and Onslow counties. He has been an elder as well as clerk of session in Warsaw Presbyterian Church. For eight years, he volunteered to serve as athletic officer for Duplin County American Legion Post 127's baseball program. Additionally, he has been a contributor to athletics at James Kenan High School. Lastly, he serves on the board of directors of Southern Bank and Trust in Warsaw.
Garrett is a tireless worker and provides thorough yet efficient representation to clients across his many practice areas. His work product reflects the time and effort he dedicates to his work as well as his legal acumen, all of which serve his clients well. Garrett truly takes pride in the work he does and is extremely proud to be a part of the legal profession, which has become a lost art amongst attorneys. Garrett prides himself in being a mentor to young members of the Duplin County Bar. He welcomes the opportunity to mentor young lawyers regardless of the specific situation or practice area; no issue is too small or trite.