John F. Ayers, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Sellers Ayers Dortch & Lyons P.A.
 | 301 South McDowell Street, Suite 410
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-377-5050
Fax: 704-339-0172
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney John F. Ayers III is a partner at Ayers, Whitlow & Dressler. Mr. Ayers has many years of experience representing clients throughout the Charlotte area in workers’ compensation law.

    Admitted to practice law in North Carolina since 1986, Mr. Ayers graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in political science and later earned his law degree from Campbell University School of Law. He is also licensed to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

    Before attending law school, Mr. Ayers was employed as a fire tech for a fire alarm company, encouraging him to focus his practice on personal injury law. Throughout his career, he has argued various cases in front the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

    Mr. Ayers’ work on behalf of injured clients has been recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly magazine. In 2006, he was named one of the “Top Lawyers in the State” in the area of workers’ compensation by the publication.

    Active in both professional organizations and a variety of volunteer activities, Mr. Ayers is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, the fraternity Chi Phi and the workers’ compensation section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He also previously provided pro bono legal services to a nonprofit counseling center and continues to provide pro bono legal services to his local church.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2006

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    About John Ayers, III

    Admitted: 1986, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage:


    • SuperLawyers Designation, 2006
    • Named One of the Top Lawyers in the State, Area of Workers' Compensation by North Carolina Law and Politics Magazine, 2006

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, 1987 - Present
    • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Workers’ Compensation Section, Member, 1990 - Present
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
    • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1987
    • North Carolina, 1986

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Legal Services to Local Church, 2005 - Present
    • Legal Services to Counselling Center, 2006 - 2012


    • Scarboro v. Emery Worldwide Freight Corp. (NC Ct. of Appeals) (2008)
    • Herbstreit v Spherion Corp. (NC Industrial Commission) (2010)
    • Charles Foster v Lowe's Home Improvement Centers (NC Industrial Commission) (2012)
    • Larrimore v Dillard's Dept Store (NC Industrial Commission) (2012)

    Educational Background:

    • University of North Carolina, Charlotte, B.S. in Political Science/ Criminal Justice, Dean's List, 1982
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    Office Location for John F. Ayers, III

    301 South McDowell Street
    Suite 410
    Charlotte, NC 28204

    Phone: 704-377-5050

    Fax: 704-339-0172

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