David Joyner

An excellent communicator and well qualified attorney. You will know where you stand at each step in the process.

David Joyner

David Joyner is a lifelong eastern North Carolinian dedicated to a results-driven practice of law.  David joined The Lea/Schultz Law Firm, P.C., in the fall of 2021 and handles a variety of cases including all aspects of family law as well as general civil litigation.  Having been selected for a coveted teaching assistant role while in law school for torts classes (including negligence and defamation), David has the skills to explain, guide, and navigate folks who feel overwhelmed by complex legal doctrines through every stage of litigation.  David’s clients know exactly where their cases stand at each critical stage.  Prepared to handle your case from start to finish, he’ll also make sure you understand what’s happening at each legal juncture and why.

Before joining The Lea/Schultz Law Firm, P.C., David served as a criminal prosecutor in the Office of District Attorney Jon David, handling cases in Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus Counties of North Carolina.  By the time David stepped down as an Assistant District Attorney, he was a felony level prosecutor with a case load that included sexual battery, domestic violence, property offenses, wildlife violations, and violent firearms offenses.  His time as an ADA provided him with a uniquely high level of jury trial experience for a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.

David graduated ahead of schedule from Campbell Law School in December 2019.  At Campbell he was an articles editor for the Campbell Law Review.  He completed the school’s study abroad program set at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where his coursework included International Human Rights Law, Law of the European Union, and Comparative United Kingdom/European Union Law.  His student comment was unanimously selected for publication: David B. Joyner, “If Doubt Arises”: How the Department of State’s Interpretation of The Immigration and Naturalization Act Invites Discrimination Against the Children of Gay and Lesbian Americans, 42 CAMPBELL L. REV. 119 (2020).

When he’s not in court or at the office, you can find David at the beach, competing with his trivia team at breweries around Wilmington, or spending time with his (newly retired!) parents.

Bar admissions

  • North Carolina, 2020


  • Campbell University School of Law | Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Juris Doctor, Dec. 2019
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English, Minor in Public Policy, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division cochair for Foundation & Development Committee
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • Brunswick County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Eagle Scout and Fellow of the World Scout
  • Foundation’s Baden-Powell Fellowship
  • St. James Episcopal Church
  • Stonewall Sports Wilmington

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