About Us

Our firm began as a single lawyer operation under founding Partner, Charles S. Lanier, who was joined by Partner, Keith E. Fountain, in 1980. We have since become one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Jacksonville, a small town that has seen unprecedented growth and development over the past ten years. As Onslow County’s economy and our clients’ businesses have grown, we have remained constant in our core values. Our professional values, unwavering commitment to client service, excellence in research and preparation, skill as litigators, integrity, and community service distinguish us from other firms. We strive to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients and currently utilize eight attorneys to do so.

Understanding that our clients have unique needs, we strive to recognize those needs and deliver a professional product that is tailored to meet them. To aide in building our attorney-client relationships, one or more of our attorneys meet with each prospective client and will take the time to explain the legal issues at hand, our plan for each client’s success, our policies and fee schedule. All fee arrangements will be confirmed by an initial engagement letter, by contract, or by discussing our fee with the client personally. Understanding that our clients’ success and satisfaction are paramount, our attorneys work hard to develop strong attorney-client relationships. We recognize that part of our clients’ success and satisfaction is tied to our firm utilizing the latest in computer and legal research technology.

Our dedication to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients has led to the expansion of our office with three conference rooms and state of the art computer system which allows our experienced staff and attorneys to utilize their knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure that all our clients’ needs are met. We make every effort to keep our clients up to date on the status of their matters. Our clients are encouraged to call their attorney whenever they have questions or concerns. The attorneys at Lanier, Fountain & Ceruzzi are committed to being aggressive litigators and are, therefore, often in court trying cases, regardless, we are never farther than a phone call or e-mail away, and do our best to respond to any inquiries within twenty-four hours.


Main Office
114 Old Bridge Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540

By Appointment Only
219 South Water Street
Swansboro, NC 28584