Managing Partner, Poyner Spruill LLP


Joseph Dempster became managing partner in 2006 and is also a member of Poyner Spruill’s diversity committee. He has 20 years of experience in a variety of practice areas and industries. Joseph has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and Business Leader Magazine. Poyner Spruill’s diversity efforts include sponsoring conferences for minority law organizations and active participation in LCLD and local minority bar organizations. The firm was a founding member of Women Gives of Nash/Rocky Mount, a philanthropic group of women supporting women. 

Joined LCLD 2013

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2017: Saad Gul; 2014: Deborah E. Sperati

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2017: Marsha Ambroise, Maurizo Lewis-Streit; 2016: Travonte Warren; 2015: Gabriel Wright; 2014: Cheslie Kryst

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Annual Meeting (2015, 2014)

Member: Joseph Dempster

Diversity Professional: Nina M. Long

Communications: Brandi Hobbs