Michael L. Wilson Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte
I have a photograph of myself and Bonnie E. Cone from 1990. She took over a post-World War II extension program in the basement of old Central High School and transformed it into what’s now UNC Charlotte. I needed a scholarship to attend college, and UNC Charlotte made that possible. I intended to go there two years and transfer, but Ms. Cone — who had been retired for 27 years — sat me down over lunch and convinced me that my future was at UNC Charlotte.
Vita: Born Oct. 3, 1969, in Richmond, Va.; bachelor’s from UNC Charlotte and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; wife and two sons. Why he chose this field: I cannot build anything, so the men and women who can have always fascinated me. The problem-solving and coordination that happen on a daily basis on a construction site are truly amazing. Memorable case: I represented a general contractor from the Midwest who was a defendant in a multiprime construction project involving a large jail. The case was like a who’s who of North and South Carolina construction-law attorneys. What he’d be if not a lawyer: Probably a history professor. Heroes: Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Bonnie Cone. Passions: My family, golf, college basketball and snow skiing, in that order. Recent reading: I’m rereading The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris and his second volume, Theodore Rex, and I just finished Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Don’t ask him to: Pull for the Tar Heels against the 49ers or to pull for Duke basketball against another ACC school.
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