John Skvarla joined Nexsen Pruet following two years as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. His service to that agency came following two years of service as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

John’s experience includes the areas of mergers and acquisitions; entrepreneurial and early stage company growth; operational organization, and, every facet of economic development. He also sits on a variety of company Boards of Directors.

Before working for North Carolina State Government, John was a highly successful business executive. He led an environmental mitigation firm, a manufacturer of waste management and recycling systems, one of the largest physical therapy providers in the Southeastern U.S., as well as the world's largest all-cargo airline.

In the 1970's, he founded and served as senior partner to the Raleigh-based Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton firm. His legal work at that time focused on corporate and tax matters, as well as public and private capital formations.

Community & Professional

Throughout his career, John has been a member and leader of multiple organizations, including:

  • ADFP Trust Fund Advisory Committee
  • Biotechnology Center Board of Directors
  • Board of Science Technology & Innovation
  • Clean Water Management Trust Fund
  • Coalition for Global Engagement
  • Duke Energy Community College Grant Program
  • Economic Development Accountability & Standards Committee
  • Economic Investment Committee
  • Education & Workforce Innovation Fund
  • Energy Policy Council
  • Global Transpark Authority Board
  • NC Marine Industrial Park Authority
  • NC Military Affairs Commission
  • NC Works Commission
  • Rural Infrastructure Authority
  • State Banking Commission
  • Travel & Tourism Board
  • US Railroad Board of Directors
  • USS NC Battleship Commission
  • Water Infrastructure Authority
  • Indian Affairs Commission 



  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence;Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement


John has spoken upwards of 350 times to audiences across the country on health care reform issues, as well as given hundreds of presentation on environmental and commerce matters. 

The People's Prescription for What Really Ails America's Health Care System, Signal Books, 1994.



  • Food and beverage manufacturing is an economic development sub-sector that's taking off across the Carolinas, so Nexsen Pruet is diving deeper into the subject. Why is this taking off here, and why now? Attorneys John Skvarla (Raleigh) and Julie Medich (Charleston) join The Buzz to discuss trends they are seeing, as well as to highlight NP's upcoming Food & Beverage Friday Webinars. Both sessions are *free* and *virtual,* so anyone can join from anywhere (need we say more?). 


  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court
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