John N. (Nick) Fountain received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award at the February 4, 2020, Wake County Bar Association Luncheon. North Carolina State Bar President Colon Willoughby Jr. presented the award.
Mr. Fountain obtained his law degree from Wake Forest Law School in 1968. Upon graduation, he served as law clerk to Judge David M. Britt on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Mr. Fountain practiced law with Bailey, Dixon & Wooten for 20 years. In 1990 he began working at Young, Moore, where he continues to serve as “of counsel.” Throughout his career, Mr. Fountain developed a niche in administrative law, particularly occupational licensing boards. He has been involved in more than 75 published case in the North Carolina Supreme Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Business Court, the US District Court, and the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Fountain has appeared in 80 of the 100 courthouses in North Carolina.
Mr. Fountain has served as president of the Wake County Bar Association. He has been chair of the Bar Candidate Committee and has been organizing the interviews of bar candidates for many years. Mr. Fountain helped start the Wake County Bar Endowment/Scholarship Committee, served as its chair, and has continued to serve on its board. As a reflection of Mr. Fountain’s invaluable service to the Wake County Bar, he has been awarded the Wake County Bar President’s Award of Excellence as well as the Wake County Bar Association’s Joseph Branch Professionalism Award.
Mr. Fountain served on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors from 1985 to 1988. He has been active on numerous NCBA committees and commissions, and served as chair of five committees. The NCBA awarded Mr. Fountain the Administrative Law Award for Excellence in 2019.
Mr. Fountain served nine years as a State Bar councilor representing the Tenth Judicial District. During his time on the counsel, he served on the Authorized Practice Committee, the Grievance Committee, and the Legislative Committee. After his third term expired, Mr. Fountain continued to serve as an advisory member to those committees.
Mr. Fountain said, “I have been blessed to be able to demonstrate my pride in the legal profession by giving back to it. I am optimistic about the future for lawyers because young lawyers I meet still possess integrity, still take pride in their work, and still give back to the community. If I have had a part in passing down that tradition, consider me satisfied with the results of the past 50 years.”
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