Ronald P. Johnson
Ronald P. Johnson is a Partner in the law firm of Johnson, Peddrick & McDonald, PLLC, in Greensboro, North Carolina. His practice focuses in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Business Law and Non-Profit Corporations. He has practiced law in Greensboro, North Carolina since 1974. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and has been Board Certified since 1987.
He has been elected by his peers to appear in “Legal Elite” as one the best lawyers in North Carolina in Business North Carolina magazine numerous times in the category of “Taxes/Estate Planning” (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and was voted, again by his peers, to be included in Charlotte Magazine in “North Carolina’s Super Lawyers” for 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the category “Estate Planning and Probate.”
He served on the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Estate Planning Council from 1995 through 2004 and served as its President for the year 2002-2003. He is a member of the Greensboro Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association and is a member of the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section of the Bar Associations.
He has been extremely active in civic affairs, serving on the Board of Directors of numerous community organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro from 2001 through 2007 and was a member of the Executive Committee of that Board and Chair of the Professional Advisors Committee for 2004-2007. He was a founder of Women’s Aide: Services for Abused Women, now a part of Family Service of the Piedmont and is past President of the Board of Directors of Family and Children’s Service of Greensboro, predecessor to Family Services of the Piedmont. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Family Service of Greensboro Foundation and has served as Vice President and Secretary of that Board. He served on the Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women from 1976-1982 and was the first man elected to serve as the Chair of that organization. He was a founding Board member of Planned Parenthood in Greensboro and served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of the Triad from 1982-1988. He was also a founder of the Triad Health Project in 1986-1987 and served on the Board of Directors of the Triad Health Project from 1988 through 2005 and is a past President of the Board of Directors of that organization. Additionally, he was a founder of the Guilford Green Foundation and served on its Board of Directors for numerous years and also on its Advisory Committee.
He also has been active in the Arts community, serving on the Board of Directors of Triad Stage from 2006-2012. He also served on the Board of Directors of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro from 2007 through 2013, serving as Chair of the Donor Relations and Cultivation Committee for several years. In 2014, he helped found the Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro, a new fundraising arm for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, and was elected to serve as the first Chair of the Board of that organization for 2014-2016. He has also been active with the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro, serving as the Chef Chair for its signature fundraiser, Men Can Cook, from 2006-2015 and serving on the Board of Directors of that organization from 2007 until 2013.
In 1986, he was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. In 1995, Family and Children’s Service of Greensboro awarded him the James T. Isler Friend of Family and Children’s Service Award for outstanding contribution to that agency. Triad Health Project has honored him on several occasions, in 1995 with their Founder’s Award, in 1997 with the Mrs. Leon Award for his leadership with the Winter Walks for AIDS, in 2007 and again in 2011 by naming him as the honorary chair of Winter Walk for AIDS, and then in 2014 by naming their inaugural 5-K run “The Ron Johnson 5-K Run.” The Greensboro Bar Association honored him in 2004 for “Outstanding Pro-Bono Service.” In 2005, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro awarded him the Thornton Brooks Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in the community. In 2013, Planned Parenthood honored him as a recipient of the Sally S. Cone Health Hero award for his role in the founding of the Greensboro Planned Parenthood clinic in 1983. In 2014, the Human Rights Campaign awarded him the 2014 Equality Award for outstanding service to the LGBT community in North and South Carolina. Also in 2014, the readers of the Greensboro News and Record voted him “Best Attorney” in the Greensboro area in the Readers’ Choice Best of the Triad. In 2015 Guilford Green Foundation presented him with the Visionary Award, the highest award they give to a community member. He also received the 2015 Centennial Award presented by the North Carolina Bar Association in conjunction with the Greensboro Bar Association for his “outstanding and exemplary community service.”
- University of South Carolina; B.A. 1971 (Magna Cum Laude)
- Law School: University of South Carolina; J.D. 1974 (Cum Laude)
- Born Clinton, South Carolina; July 28, 1949
- Estate Planning
- Estate Administration
- Business Law
- Non-Profit Corporations
- 1974 North Carolina and U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
Martha T. Peddrick
Martha T. Peddrick has been designated by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate and concentrates her work in those areas. She graduated with honors from the University of Delaware. She obtained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and spent eight years as a social worker in Greensboro, NC. During that time, she was very active in what was later to become Clara House, a shelter for abused women. She earned her Juris doctorate degree from Wake Forest University, where she was a member of the Moot Court. She is a member of the Greensboro, North Carolina and America Bar Associations and treasurer of the Greensboro Bar Association. She is also a member of the Greensboro Estate Planning Council and past Secretary of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Martha has served on numerous community boards, including the Board of the Carolina Theatre during a time when it was undergoing massive renovations. She has been a member of the Women’s Professional Forum since 1984 and has served on its Board of Directors as well as on the Board of directors of the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation. She was on the initial Board of Friends You Can Count On, now known as Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test. She served six years on the Board of the Greensboro Day School. Martha is currently serving on the Board of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. She is also active at Elon Law School where she served as a preceptor for first year law students. She is a frequent speaker on estate planning, probate and trusts to professional groups and the community at large.
Although originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Martha and her husband, Rob Peddrick, have lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for 39 years. They are now empty nesters, with son, Jonathan, 31 years of age, living and working in Greensboro, North Carolina and daughter, Allison, 21 years of age attending the University of South Carolina.
Bar Admission: 1984, North Carolina
Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts; Estate Administration; Guardianship; Business Law
Member: Greensboro, North Carolina and American Bar Associations; Greensboro Estate Planning Council
Born: Wilmington, Delaware, June 7, 1950
Davis McDonald practices in the areas of corporate law and estate planning and probate. He counsels businesses and individuals on a range of topics, including organization of business entities, purchase and sale of assets and stock, contract preparation and review, wills, trusts and powers of attorney. He received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and MBA and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. McDonald is a member of the Greensboro Estate Planning Council.
Bar Admission: 1986, North Carolina
Practice Areas: Business Law; Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts; Estate Administration
Bar Admissions: Greensboro, North Carolina and American Bar Associations; Greensboro Estate Planning Council; Society of Financial Service Professionals
Born: Houston, Texas, October 4, 1957
Justin R. Ervin, III
Justin joined Johnson, Peddrick & McDonald PLLC in September 2011 and practices estate administration, estate planning and tax planning.
Though born in Japan, Justin is a native North Carolinian who grew up in Rockingham and has called the Triad home for two decades. He attended UNC Greensboro, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and completed a double-major in Business and French. Justin worked in the IT department of the University Libraries at UNCG and served as a precinct official with the Guilford County Board of Elections.
Justin earned his J.D. at Elon University School of Law in downtown Greensboro, from which he graduated cum laude in the School's second graduating class. He went on to earn an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from the University of Florida, one of the top such programs in the United States.
While at Elon Law, Justin practiced estate planning in the Wills Clinic, was an admissions ambassador, and externed for District Court Judge Sue Burch in her chambers in Greensboro and High Point. Justin founded and served as President and Treasurer of OutLaw, a social and educational organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered law students at Elon. He served as treasurer of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity and the Elon Law Democrats, was solicitor (investigator and prosecutor) for the Honor Council, and was a member of the Jewish Law Students Association. During his summers away from Elon Law, he interned for the District Attorney in Rockingham and for the Public Defender in Charlotte, as well as studied Chinese business law in Beijing and Spanish language and culture in Madrid. Justin was also an active member of OutLaw at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Bar Admission: North Carolina, 2010; Florida, 2012
Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Tax Planning
Professional Associations: State Bar of NC, American Bar Association, NC Bar Association, Greensboro Bar Association, Greensboro Estate Planning Council, Society of Financial Service Professionals
Born: Yokosuka, Kanagawa-ken, Japan; 1971.
Margaret Robison Kantlehner, Of Counsel