colon willoughby Colon Willoughby, Jr. District Attorney




Wake County District Attorney C. Colon Willoughby, Jr. received his B.S. in  Business Administration in 1973 at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Business Administration in 1975 at East Carolina University, and his Juris Doctor in 1979 at Campbell University. He worked for Cameron Brown as a loan administrator from 1975 - 1976, and was a member of the business faculty at Peace College from 1977 - 1983. He was a partner of Bass, Willoughby & Haywood from 1979 - 1986. He was appointed Acting District Attorney by Governor Hunt in 1983, and was elected District Attorney in 1986 - present.

His professional activities include being past president, Wake County Academy of Trial Lawyers, Past director of the Wake County Bar Association, N.C. State Bar Council, Past president of North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, Board of Directors of the National District Attorney’s Association. He was a member of two legislative study commissions reviewing law enforcement issues and insanity verdicts, he has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Racial and Religious Violence and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

His Civic Activities include Past Board of Governors of Summit House, Inc., Past Director of Artspace, Inc., former member of the Raleigh Rotary Club, member of the Raleigh YMCA, and served on the Board of Directors for NCLEAF.

He is a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an Elder.

He is married to the former Tricia Nickens and has two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary Graham.

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