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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Legal Elite 2023: Business

BUSINESS

JOHN M. CROSS, JR.
Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard, Greensboro

Hometown: Marion

Undergraduate: UNC Chapel Hill

Law: UNC School of Law

Practiced law: 22 years

Family: Wife, Jennifer Van Zant; Kids, George, 20, Caroline,18 and Sam,16

High school group: Floater. My friends and I were not limited to one clique, but most of us would qualify as floaters.

Karaoke night song: “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi.

One meal to eat forever: Bagels and baguettes

Bucket list item: Build a lake house.

Random impulse buy: Whatever is near the entrance at Costco on a random Saturday.

Most used emoji: Thumbs up

Last show binge-watched: “Heels”

Movie you could quote by heart: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I discovered it about the time I was in middle school, just watching TV on a Sunday afternoon. Most of my family groans at the possibility of watching at least part of it each Christmas. What I enjoy most is that George transforms from thinking his life was never worth living to celebrating and loving his life. Nothing about his life changed in the time of that transformation, however. The only thing that changed was his perspective, which was life-changing. His investment in other people comes back to him. It’s a “what goes around, comes around” in the best of terms.

Favorite winter activity: Skiing

Favorite SNACK: Dry cereal. Cheerios, Grape Nuts and granola are probably the most common.

Definition of success: Happiness grounded in gratefulness and positively impacting others. 

 

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