Representing Professional Athletes

Mr. Jernigan is one of the few attorneys in the United States authorized by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to represent its members. He also represents players in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA) as well as other professional athletes.

Professor of Law

Mr. Jernigan is an adjunct professor of Workers’ Compensation Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he has taught for well over a decade. Many lawyers practicing in this field have studied under Mr. Jernigan.

Author of Workers Comp Text

Mr. Jernigan is the author of North Carolina Workers' Compensation Law and Practice. Now in its 4th edition, it is considered the definitive text on the subject.

Nationally Recognized

The Jernigan Law Firm is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, US News Best Law Firms, Superlawyers and many others.


The Jernigan Law firm is a highly experienced workers’ compensation law firm in North Carolina representing injured workers (teachers, firefighters, professional athletes, construction workers, plant employees, nurses, law enforcement officers, truck drivers, executives) all over the state. The firm also handles civil matters involving jury trials. Senior attorney, Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr., has been in practice as a workers' compensation attorney for over thirty years and is a board certified specialist. He is a founder and past president of WILG, a national organization of workers’ compensation lawyers and currently serves on the Industrial Commission's Advisory Council. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.