Just like Raleigh lawyer and co-founder of Kurtz & Blum founder, Howard Kurtz, Colon Willoughby received his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1973. He received his Juris Doctor at Campbell University in Buies Creek six years later. Prior to his election as District Attorney in 1986, he worked for a local law firm after finishing law school.
During his time in office, Willoughby’s team tried numerous high profile cases. For almost 30 years, he oversaw the prosecutors who handled offenses ranging from serious felonies such as murder, robbery, rape and drug trafficking, to minor offenses like shoplifting and trespassing, as well as, white collar crimes like fraud and embezzlement.