John Malone’s practice focuses on complex insurance coverage and liability matters, with a particular emphasis on construction. He represents carriers in a variety of first- and third-party coverage disputes related to the defense of general contractors/subcontractors on large multi-family construction projects involving defective components/products and installation errors.

John's experience includes breach of contract, bad faith, unfair claims handling, and extra-contractual claims directed at insurers. In the areas of property damage and third-party liability, he handles disputes involving toxic torts that include chemical exposures, lead paint poisoning, mold, and property site contaminations, spills, and remediation. In addition to his construction and environmental work, John advises clients on reinsurance, the drafting and implementation of new policy forms, and representation of insurers on coverage claims for trademarks, copyrights, and other personal and advertising matters.

By maintaining a sound understanding of developing issues in the construction field and the potential implications to the insurance industry, John assists clients with current matters while advising them on forward-looking strategies to achieve desired results. He has also presented on a broad range of issues, including construction defect, UM/UIM claims, and bad faith.

  • Business North Carolina, “Legal Elite Young Guns (Best Under 40),” 2007
  • Certified Litigation Management Professional, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Certified Claims Professional, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Professional Affiliations
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • CLM Claims College School of Property, Level I and II: Executive Committee and Faculty
Admitted to Practice
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1990
  • Co-Presenter, "Additional Insured Claims," Builders Mutual Lunch and Learn, Charlotte, NC, June 21, 2018 
  • Co-Presenter, "Construction Defect Coverage Issues, GS Construction Webinar, February 20, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Hurricane Season — Preparing the Insurance Industry for What to Expect in the Aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria," GIS Webinar, October 25, 2017
  • Author, “State of Affairs: Weighing Choice of Law Questions When Assessing a Claim or Loss,” CLM Magazine, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Resolving Property Claims,” CLM Claims Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Why Do We Call it Bad Faith? Carolina Claim Practice Trends,” Joint North Carolina/South Carolina Bar Associations CLE, April 10, 2013
  • Speaker, “Navigating the Carolinas’ Court System,” February 27, 2013