Exciting News!

As of April 1, 2023, Nexsen Pruet will merge with
Maynard Cooper & Gale. 

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We look forward to serving our clients from 23 offices and with 550 attorneys coast-to-coast.


John Skvarla passed away on July 19, 2022.  He 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.

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 was 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 




  • 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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