Reagan entered the practice of law convinced that alternatives to litigation were an important direction for the development of our justice system. In 1984, he joined the NC Bar Association’s Task Force on Alternatives to Litigation as a Reporter for its Court-based alternatives subcommittee. The subcommittee was chaired by James G. Exum, then Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, who was very interested in alternative dispute resolution. That Task Force ended up leading lawyers into the new century with the institutionalization of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes in our court system.
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1984 - 2015
Practicing attorney with a civil litigation practice emphasizing employment and negligence law.
1992 - present
Certification as Superior Court Mediator from the Supreme Court of North Carolina
2003 - present
Administrative Law Judge for North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
1986 - 1995
Assistant Team Leader and Faculty member for National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Negotiations Course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School.
1974 - 1980
Executive director and mediator/conciliator of individual and group conflicts in High Point, NC with special emphasis on conflicts arising out of race, gender, or religious prejudice.
BA - International Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
Primary Discipline: Economics
International Law Courses Abroad
Cambridge University, England, 1982
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984
Arbitration and Mediation Training
Reagan has participated in four biannual (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) Advanced Training Seminars sponsored by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and has taken numerous courses sponsored by the American Arbitration Association. In addition he has taken many other courses sponsored by other legal providers in particular subject areas of the law or in reference to Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Memberships and Admissions
• Admitted to practice in all state courts of North Carolina and Eastern and Middle Districts of United States District Court as well as the Federal and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals
• North Carolina Bar Association, Chair and Vice-Chair, Dispute Resolution Section, 1993-1995
• Wake County Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• North Carolina State Bar
• Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers (AV rating)
• North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009
• National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
• North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators
• Raleigh Rotary Club, President, 2014-2015; member since 1986
Reagan has assisted faculty at his law school, UNC-Chapel Hill, to teach either negotiation, dispute resolution, or interviewing and counseling skills practically every year since his graduation in 1984. He has helped plan programs concerning dispute resolution after having been a participant in the NC Bar Association’s earliest Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution in 1984-1985. In 1983 he wrote a paper on the topic, “Orders of Reference: Ready and Waiting for Imaginative Lawyers?” which received an award from the Center for Public Resources. Reagan also published a paper in 1980, “Interracial and Cross Cultural Relations” which appeared in the Journal of Intergroup Relations.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, August 29, 1951. Reagan has been married to Ardath Goldstein Weaver since 1981. They have two grown children, Jacob and Janna. Ardath is on the staff of the North Carolina Arts Council. They live in a c. 1914 house in Cameron Park near downtown Raleigh.