State bar association honors Banzet

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 09:45 PM

WARRENTON — Jules Banzet III of Warrenton was presented the North Carolina State Bar’s John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the 9th Judicial District Bar on Dec. 5.

In making the presentation, Ronald L. Gibson, president-elect of the state bar, cited Banzet’s 50 years of service to the profession and the state of North Carolina. He cited his integrity and ethics, calling him a model example.

The award is presented to members of the state bar who have demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession.

District Attorney Sam Currin said, “I’m happy for Jules and his wife. He has been a longstanding attorney who has served the profession well. He is very deserving of the award.”

Henderson attorney John Zollicoffer said, “I’ve known Jules since high school. He is one of the most ethical lawyers I’ve been associated with. The John McMillan award is the highest award the bar association can make. He certainly deserves it.”

Commenting on the award, Banzet said, “It’s the nicest thing that has happened to me professionally, except winning a few court cases.”

Although he is officially retired, Banzet said he goes to work two or three days a week in the 1783 building, the historic Peter Davis Tavern, which he restored and converted into his law office.

“I still get some folks who want me to do to things,” he said.

Having grown up in Warren County, he said he knows where to find things that younger attorneys have trouble locating.

That is consistent with the description Clerk of Court Richard Hunter, who said Banzet is very knowledgeable of real estate legal issues and records.

“He’s been a constant source of help to attorneys, real estate people and other people who have to navigate public records,” Hunter said.

A native of Warrenton, Banzet graduated from John Graham High School and received a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 1962, he joined the law firm established by his father and uncle and practiced there until his retirement a year ago.

Banzet was active with the state bar, serving as councilor of the 9th Judicial District and on numerous committees during his career.

Banzet is married to the former Harriet Daniel of Warrenton and they have two adult children and two grandsons.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.