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J. Robert Elster, lawyer. Bar: North Carolina 1964, North Carolina Supreme Court, United States District Court North Carolina 1964, United States Court Appeals (4th circuit) 1964, United States Tax Court, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1972.


Elster, J. Robert was born on March 10, 1938 in Houma, Louisiana, United States.


Bachelor in History, Rice University, 1959. Juris Doctor, Duke University, 1964.


Worked at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (Winston-Salem, NC) specializing in Commercial Litigation, Banking Litigation, Professional Malpractice Defense Litigation. Admitted to the bar, 1964, North Carolina. 1973, United States. Supreme Court.

Master of the Bench, Inns of Court. Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Winston-Salem. Adjunct Professional Law, Wake Forest University (Trial Practice).

Member: Forsyth County, North Carolina (Board of Governors, 1987-1990. Chairman, Professionalism Committee, 1996—) and American Bar Associations. North Carolina Association of Defense Counsel (Co-Founder, President, 1979).

North Carolina Bar Foundation (Endowment Committee). Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers (Member,: Committee on Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy).


Board directors North Carolina Stroke Association, Young Men’s Christian Association, 1978-1980, Summit School, Winston-Salem, 1978-1981, Forsyth Country Day School, Winston-Salem, 1981-1983. Board trustees Centenary United Methodist Church, 1988-1991. Member ethics committee Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Captain United States Marine Corps, 1959-1961. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers (trial computer committee 1987-1992, trial advocacy committee since 1992). Barrister Joseph Branch Inn of Court.

Member North Carolina Association Defense Attorneys (president 1978-1979), Forsyth County Bar Association (secretary 1966-1967), North Carolina Bar Association (board governors 1987-1990, member ethics and grievance committee 1986-1989, endowment committee 1990-2000, chair professionalism committee 1996-1999, vice president since 2001), Rotary (board directors 1984-1989, president 1987-1988).


Married Suzan Douglas, July 9, 1960. Children: John Robert Junior, Mary Douglas Peters.