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Howard Clay Hodges Jr.

Defective and dangerous products Attorney at Raleigh, NC

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Learn Howard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Defective and dangerous products
    I handle cases involving failed artificial hips, artificial knees, other medical devices, and harmful drugs.

  2. Personal injury
    I handle personal injury cases: product liability, car accidents, other negligence.

  3. Litigation
    I practice civil litigation, mainly plaintiffs' personal injury and product liability.

Clay Hodges was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990. He wrote his undergraduate honors thesis on the Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education school desegregation case.  After graduating from college, Mr. Hodges spent a year teaching English, bartending, and waiting tables in Europe.  He returned to the United States, lived on a houseboat, wrote a novel, earned a masters degree in English literature, and taught for three years at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

In 2000, Mr. Hodges graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he won the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy, as well as Best Overall in the Holderness Moot Court Invitational Team Competition.  Following a two-year judicial clerkship with Judge John C. Martin, later Chief Judge, at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Mr. Hodges joined the law firm of Tharrington Smith.  While at Tharrington Smith he represented school boards in complex litigation in state and federal court.

Mr. Hodges joined Harris & Winfield, LLP in 2004 to focus his practice on civil litigation and personal injury. He represents clients in products liability, personal injury, and other civil litigation. He became a partner in the firm in 2006.
In 2010, Mr. Hodges was designated a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer.

Mr. Hodges is a member of the 2003-2005 class of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. Mr. Hodges has taught law in the graduate studies program at Meredith College. He also served as Chair of the Wake County Schools’ Superintendent’s Parents Advisory Council. He has been a volunteer at the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen for twelve years.

Mr. Hodges is married with two children.  As a third grader, his son served as defense counsel for the Big Bad Wolf and obtained an acquittal on charges of the murder of two little pigs.

Licensed for 22 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Harris, Sarratt & Hodges, LLP
1620 Hillsborough St.
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC, 27605-1661


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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Partner
  • Harris Sarratt & Hodges, LLP
  • 2004 - Present


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000


  • William Friday Fellowship
  • Friday Fellow
  • 2003 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010


  • Medical Device Law News
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Howard
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Howard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Clay Hodges for over ten years. I've, on numerous occasions, worked with him side-by-side in the trenches. He is, without question, one of the best lawyers I know. Clay has that unique combination of skills - excellent writing, powerful oral advocacy, and ability to appeal to almost any personality - that makes him a powerful ally. If you have him as your lawyer, consider yourself lucky. If you have him as your opponent, good luck. You'll need it."
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Raleigh Defective and dangerous products Lawyer Howard Clay Hodges Jr.
Howard Clay Hodges Jr.
Defective and dangerous products Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 22 years