About John Wait





John Wait is a partner at Martin & Gifford, PLLC, and the owner of Wait Law, PLLC, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. John is also the mayor of Clemmons, North Carolina. He focuses his practice on real estate brokerage, but he also handles traffic tickets, trial and appellate litigation, and simple estate planning. Since starting private practice, John has litigated cases in every North Carolina State Court, federal court, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and even the United States Supreme Court.

In his free time, John enjoys playing soccer, golfing, running, cycling, reading novels, and spending time with his family. Having grown up on a farm, John brings a small town, client-focused approach to cases, and he is dedicated to making sure clients get results.




  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, with honors
  • Huntington University (IN), B.A. in philosophy and mathematics
  • Mayor of Clemmons, North Carolina
  • Martin & Gifford, PLLC | Partner
  • Wait Law, P.L.L.C. | Owner
  • The Honorable Cressie Thigpen | North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Robert N. Hunter, Jr. | North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave, and Peek
  • The Honorable Rick Elmore | North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Wanda Bryant | North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Jim Roberson | Alamance County District Court
  • Oak Ridge Military Academy | Math Teacher and Soccer Coach
  • Western Guilford High School | Math Teacher
  • Lee County High School | Math Teacher and Track Coach
  • Eckerd Youth Alternatives | Master Counselor
  • Campbell Law Review | Another “Straightforward Application”: The Impact of Melendez-Diaz on Forensic Testing and Expert Testimony in Controlled Substance Cases. | Author  [Click HERE to Read]
  • Plea Bargaining, Edition Update | Author: G. Nicholas Herman | Researcher [Click HERE for Overview]
  • University of Glouchestershire, 38th Annual Marketing Conference | The Peacock’s tail and the case of the stolen shoes: unexamined materialism revisited by virtuous marketing and servant leadership. | Co-author [Click HERE for Abstract]
Work Product
  • Farm Bureau v. Cully’s Motocross Park, Inc., et al., Amicus Brief [Click HERE to Read]
  • State of North Carolina v. Roger Dale Davis, Jr., Appellant Brief [Click HERE to Read]
Bar Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Federal District Court, Middle District North Carolina
  • United States Federal District Court, Eastern District North Carolina
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina Superior Court
  • North Carolina District Court
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • NCBA Real Estate Section
  • Forsyth County Bar Association


Another “Straightforward Application”: The impact of Melendez-Diazon Forensic Testing and Expert Testimony in Controlled Substance Cases.

Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 129 S. Ct. 2527, 2533 (2009).