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Salena J. Davis-Woods

Family Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Salena J. Davis

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2008
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​ATTORNEY DAVIS-WOODS graduated from high school Summa Cum Laude in 2001. Her education continued at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC on a full academic scholarship. She studied abroad at the Universidad Internacional Centre de Bilingue in Cuernavaca, Mexico in the summer of 2003. Attorney Davis-Woods received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement in 2005, both Summa Cum Laude. While attending NCCU, she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Alpha Lambda Chapter) in the Spring of 2004.

Attorney Davis-Woods was on the Dean's list and performed over 250 hours of community service while at NCCU. She worked at the NCCU Academic Community Service Learning Program and the Office of Public Relations. She joined in with different organizations, sororities and fraternities in organizing a 2 mile walk to the poles for the national, state and local elections in the fall of 2004. She was a member of the NCCU branch of the NAACP, Student Government Association Senior Class Treasurer, Political Science Club, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Criminal Justice club and was Miss NCCU NABCJ (National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice) 2004-2005.

Attorney Davis-Woods attended NCCU School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor in 2008. During her matriculation at NCCU SOL, she interned for Monks Law Firm, Hardison and Associates, Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office and the Durham County Public Defender’s Office. She was a member of the Public Interest Law Organization, Black Law Student Association, Native American Law Student Association, the Innocence Project, Criminal Litigation Clinic, General Externship Clinic, Small Business Clinic, Pro bono Law Clinic, North Carolina Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic, Trial Advocacy Board, Student Bar Association Representative for Law School Relations and External Affairs Committee and Class of 2008 Vice President. She volunteered at the Durham Rescue Mission, Pettigrew Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and as a Christmas Interviewer for the Salvation Army. Through the Street Law Course in conjunction with the Future Lawyers and Leaders of America organization, Attorney Davis-Woods coached two teams from Lowe’s Grove and Shepard Middle School for a Mock Trial Competition between the two schools.

Attorney Davis-Woods was an Assistant Public Defender for two years and is currently in private practice with her own law firm for 12+ years.  She is a Notary Public and a member of the NC State Bar, Federal Western District of North Carolina, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the John S. Leary Bar Association, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association.

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Davis Woods Law, PLLC
1001 Elizabeth Avenue
Suite 1B
Charlotte, NC, 28204


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Posted by Bobby | April 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She really cares about you and your case!
I was facing a speeding ticket that had the potential to take away my license. Attorney Davis-Woods took the time to listen to my concerns and got to work on my case immediately. She told me what strategy she was going to use and she was able to get my ticket dismissed. It was such a relief! I highly recommend this attorney for her compassion and professionalism!
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Posted by Samuel | April 23, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, Professional & Informed
Attorney Davis is professional and well informed. She let's you know what to expect, what to be prepared for and gives you honest straight forward answers. When it is your money, your time, your family, your rights you want someone who cares and makes you a priority. Attorney Davis checks all the boxes.


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Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Managing Attorney
  • Davis Woods Law, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Darlington Davis, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Mecklenburg County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2010


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • North Carolina Central University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • North Carolina Central University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005


  • John S. Leary Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • 2008 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Salena. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely experienced and knowledgeable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense