Campbell School of Law alumnus Brandon L. McPherson ’11 is the recipient of the 2021 North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award, according to the NCBA. The award was presented as part of the NCBA’s Annual Meeting on June 17-18.
The award was established in 2010 in memory of the former Duke Law professor and chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces who died in 2009. The award is presented each year to an attorney whose involvement in civic, bar service, law school education and community service activities inspire others.
McPherson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2007 with a B.A. in political science, with honors and a minor in philosophy. Afterwards, he attended Campbell Law, where he was a member of the NCBA’s Advocates for Justice, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Old Kivett Advocacy Council. He also served a research assistant for Professors Johnny Chriscoe and Lisa Lukasik. After graduation he joined the law firm of Schwartz & Shaw, where he is now a partner.
McPherson exclusively practices Education Law, providing legal assistance to public and private schools throughout North Carolina. He has extensive experience helping clients with litigation and as-needed legal counsel for education clients on employment, contractual, regulatory, privacy, construction and appellate matters.
McPherson is a member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys. In addition, he served as the chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section for the 2020-2021 year and currently serves as a co-chair of the Disaster Legal Services Committee. He also volunteers at GCF of Eastern North Carolina’s Community Farm, Neighbor2Neighbor and Healing Transitions. McPherson is also on the staff-parish relations committee at his church and is an assistant coach at i9 Sports.