Judge Tyson served as a statewide elected Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2001 until 2009. He continues to serve as a Recall Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as an Emergency Superior Court Judge.
From January 2013 through August 2014, Judge Tyson served as Chair of the North Carolina State Ethics Commission.
Judge Tyson has taught law at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law since 1987, and serves as a frequent continuing legal education author and presenter, having published numerous scholarly law review and journal articles and presented thirty-seven comprehensive legal education manuscripts and seminars.
As a consistent advocate of life long learning, Judge Tyson earned a Master of Laws in Judicial Process (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia School of Law (2004); a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Duke University (1988); a Juris Doctor (J.D.) with honors from Campbell University School of Law (1979--Member of the Charter Class); and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Secondary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1974).
Judge Tyson also earned the designation of Board Certified Specialist--Real Property Law--Business, Commercial, and Industrial Transactions by the North Carolina State Bar in 2001 (re-certified in 2007 & 2012), and is the only North Carolina judge so certified. The North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization honored Judge Tyson with the 2013 James E. Cross, Jr. Leadership Award “in recognition of outstanding leadership as a Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law” in Raleigh, NC on April 5, 2013. Also last year, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Cumberland County Bar Association & 12th Judicial District Bar presented Judge Tyson with the 2013 Centennial Award, for “Outstanding and Exemplary Community Service” in Fayetteville, NC on April 19, 2013.
Judge Tyson is admitted to practice before and is a member of the North Carolina and Virginia State Bars, the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals and United States District Court bars. He holds the highest AV Pre-Eminent peer reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell–Lexis/Nexis. He also serves as a Federal and State Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.
Judge Tyson’s more than thirty-five years of other professional experience includes the private practice of law, senior level corporate real estate development and counsel positions with three national corporations, and service as a North Carolina Probation/Parole Officer and Public School Teacher. He is married to his wife, Kirby, since 1975. They are proud parents of four children and three grandchildren.