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Jay is a partner in the firm of Hartsell and Williams PA and has been practicing with the firm since 1998. Jay handles an array of legal matters in many different areas such as speeding tickets, traffic violations, DWIs, drug cases, misdemeanors and felonies. Jay also handles matters in the civil arena from personal injury to domestic/family matters.

Jay takes pride in working with clients and understanding their individual needs and strives to help them understand what they are facing and provide them with the options and education to make informed decisions.

“Practicing law allows me to serve others and my community. Years ago, I was blessed to have people in my life willing to stand up and speak for me when I was unable. I am glad that I can now do the same for others.”  

Jay has handled matters both as a prosecutor in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office and as a defense attorney in private practice.  This unique experience of handling matters provides him with an insight that few others are provided.

Jay successfully handles and tries cases involving traffic violations/mattersDWIs, misdemeanors, felonies ranging from low level felonies such as drug charges to First Degree Capital Murder.  In the civil courts his success includes matters involving personal injury, breach of contract, domestic and family matters and other civil litigation issues in District and Superior Court. His experience in worker’s compensation cases include trials and hearings before the Deputy Commissioners.

Jay successfully represents the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services in the areas of child protection services, adult protections services and the establishment and enforcement of child support.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
    24 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    21 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 15%
    24 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    21 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (25-33%), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Kenneth A. Swain

    Jay is a superb attorney. The jurisdiction where he works is one of the toughest and most conservative in the State of North Carolina yet he always manages to maneuver his clients around its perils with the greatest of skill and legal advice. Thorough, knowledgeable and aggressive are just a few of the traits Jay possesses and utilizes to the advantage of his clients. Whenever any of my clients or own family members find themselves with a ticket or a charge in his area he is ALWAYS the man I refer them to. Period.


    Kenneth Swain Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Austin Davis II

    I endorse this lawyer. Jay is a supremely skilled advocate.


    James Davis DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hartsell & Williams, P.A.

P. O. Box 368
71 McCachern Blvd. S.E.
Concord, NC, 28026-0368


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Avvo Clients ChoiceAvvo2016
Paul Harris FellowshipRotary International2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHartsell & Williams, P.A.2002 - Present
PartnerHartsell, Hartsell & White, P.A.1998 - 2002
PartnerGerdes, Mason, Simpson & White, LLC1995 - 1998
AssociateGerdes, Mason, & Simpson LLC1993 - 1995
Assistant District AttorneyMecklenburg County District Attorney's Office1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Rotary Club of Cabarrus CountyPresident2011 - 2012
Cabarrus County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2003 - 2004
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2003 - 2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Guilford CollegeBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1986