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Woody E. White

Criminal defense Attorney at Wilmington, NC

5.0   28 reviews

also known as Haywood E. White III, Woody White

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About Woody

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  As a lifelong resident of Southeastern North Carolina, Woody White has devoted his professional career to serving in his community, and working tirelessly for his clients.  As a former North Carolina State Senator, he understands the legislative process, and the real impact the laws have on the day to day lives of people.  Woody spend almost every day in court, fighting for the rights and liberties we cherish as Americans.  

  He is also active in the local community, serving as a New Hanover County Commissioner from 2012-2020.  Woody was re-elected in 2016 receiving the most votes in a 6 way race for a second 4 year term.  Serving in local government has given him a unique perspective on the needs of our community and it helps him understand his clients individual circumstances.

  He is also a Board Certified Specialist in State AND Federal Criminal Law.  Let Woody White help you navigate the uncertain waters of the criminal justice system.

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Woody White Law PLLC
2004 Eastwood Road
Suite #201
Wilmington, NC, 28403

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Posted by Jess | January 8, 2022
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Excellent services
Woody and John Phillips were a fantastic help in resolving a legal issue that came up. Woody's secretary, Jan, was prompt to answer all concerns and my case outcome greatly exceeded my expectations. Overall very pleased with my experience and would recommend Woody & John to anyone who needs expert law services.
Posted by Noah | June 4, 2020
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Personal Injury
My wife, her parents, and I were hit by a drunk driver. The accident resulted in the death of my mother-in-law, the premature birth of my son, and serious injuries to the rest of us. We hired Mr. White to handle our insurance claims. He was professional and compassionate, even showing up to support us at hearings for the criminal case against the other driver. Mr. White negotiated with five different insurance companies to get us the maximum settlement. Our medical bills amounted to over $150,000, but he was able to settle with our insurance for around $12,000. On top of that, he also secured a settlement for our minor child that was over and above the limits of our policy. Throughout our case Woody kept us informed of what was going on and always answered any questions we had. I highly recommend Mr. White.
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Response from Woody White June 10, 2020
Noah. Your family's case was one of the most heart-breaking of all that I have handled in my career but it was a humbling experience and an honor for me to be with you guys during every step of the case. I hope your family is doing well and on behalf of our entire staff who grow to know you guys so well, we want to thank you for your supportive words. My God's blessings be with you guys.
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Posted by Summer | December 7, 2018
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An Attorney who cares
As a mother who has been in the trenches both professionally and a mother fighting the war on drugs, found herself with a son who for over a decade fighting prison and addiction. As a last ditch effort (after all went wrong) my son again was on the wrong side. I have had society telling me to walk away. As a mother it is not easy. It took me almost a month trying to say, "walk away", throw the keys away, be done!! Then one morning early I got up and said no!! I will find someone for once who will support me!! I did just exactly that!! I was scared to death!!! But this time I knew I could not do it alone!!! I found Woody White. I thought he would be just like all the others in the past! Get it done and over with, put my son in prison, let me take your monies and then be done with you and your addict son! This is a decade of a sick young man who is good when sober. If you are reading this, you know that I speak the truth. This was in fact the total opposite of Mr. White. He knew the pain in my eyes, on my face, as well as his staff. They felt the tears and heartache! They treated me and my son like we were family. Mr. White and his staff never judged my son nor myself. They knew he came from a good home. And if he did not, they did not care! My recommendations to all family members who are need of legal defense for family members who are in trouble with the Judicial System (especially while young or decades of addiction) Please call Mr. White and his staff today. I write this from the heart! Thank you. There is hope............
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2018
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Business Owner
My corporate office is in another state, however the complaint against my company was in NC and I had to hire someone from there. Not knowing anyone from there or which direction to turn, I read the reviews and called Woody and flew down to meet him. Within the first 10 minutes I knew I had chosen the right person to represent my company. Professional, knowledgeable, thorough, are all understatements. My business is not common and Woody did everything to learn my business so that he could represent me in the best way possible. Everything was done via phone or email to prepare for the case, but it was as smooth as if I was there. I highly recommend Woody to an individual or business.
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Posted by Lee | December 8, 2017
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Woody was a professional and extremely competent attorney
We found Woody when time was of the essence, he immediately responded and hiring him was a godsend. He was empathetic, professional, very competent and most of all, trustworthy. Our outcome was very positive and we are grateful for the work he performed.
Response from Woody White January 3, 2018
Sir: thank you for these nice words. We work hard for our clients and fight for them every step along the way.
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2017
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Relieved, and Very Appreciative to Have Had Mr. White on Our Side...
Our son was faced with a charge that seemed to not quite connect to the actual traffic stop that occurred in the fall of 2016. Mr. White met with us to discuss the situation and explained the options, as well as, the potential upcoming court proceedings so that we fully understood the process. Mr. White reviewed the affidavit and the traffic report that was submitted by the officer and confirmed that there were inconsistencies in the actions that brought about the charge. Ultimately, the case was dismissed based on violations of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution. Although young adults, very often, make bad decisions, we were hopeful that Mr. White would help to clear the charges brought against our son so that he could have a second chance. During the entire process, Mr. White was honest and professional with us and provided communication that was timely and informational. In the courtroom, we were very anxious about the potential outcome, however, the manner in which Mr. White defended our son and presented our case left us feeling relieved that our son’s name was cleared, and he was justified, in relation to the manner in which the officer came to conduct the traffic stop. Hopefully, we will never require additional legal counsel, but if we do, we will certainly call on Mr. White, once again. – Apex, NC
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Posted by Steve | August 22, 2017
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One of the Finest Attorneys in Eastern NC.
There are only a few people whom I meet or work with these days that I'd toss my uniform back on and do battle in foreign lands on their behalf... I'd go to hell and back for Woody I have known Mr. White for six years now, from the time I first engaged his firm to assist with a particular portion of a corporate case to working with him during his campaign for the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina. Mr. White has always been the consummate professional, always staying on the right side of the line and always as a Southern Gentlemen. Since retiring from the Marine Corps and working in corporate America I have seen legal staff from all walks of life, I consider Mr. White among the best of the best. He's a true Patriotic American who knows the law, and its application sometimes even better than the very folks who wrote it. Anyone seeking the finest legal professional to assist with any legal matter should contact Mr. White.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2016
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Perfect outcome
I recently used Mr. White's legal services involving a car accident I was in last year. I found Woody and his team to be extremely professional and on their game. They were very clear in what they needed from me, and took care of the rest. Woody provided timely updates as they became available and I felt comfortable knowing that he was handling my situation. Lastly, I was extremely pleased with the outcome of my situation. I would recommend Woody White and his team to my family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2016
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personal injury
Mr White responds to all my requests in a timely and professional manner. I trust his expertise related to my case and feel comfortable with his advice/recommendations. His staff is also helpful and professional. I have hired him as my attorney multiple times and if needed, will certainly do so again.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2016
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Excellent Attorney!!
His preparation and listening skills pared with a relentless attention to detail makes him the perfect attorney. I felt comforted in my situation due to his experience.
Posted by D | January 21, 2016
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A miracle
I am so thankful to have hired Mr. Woody White. I would recommend him to anyone and I know he is my lawyer for life now. In the beginning of the court process, Mr. White was very comforting and reassuring. He gave both me and my family advice on what steps to take before trial for not only a better outcome in court, but also for my wellbeing. He stressed that my wellbeing was more important than my charge and that he would take care of the legal issues. He asked me for updates on how I was doing and told me to call him if I needed help or anything. Feeling like I had someone on my side, was a great help to me in this very low point in my life. I do think if any other lawyer had seen my case, he/she would have just went for a guilty plea. On the day of my trial, the 3 other people charged with the same crime as me pleased guilty with their lawyers. If you had seen my case, you would definitely say I was guilty. I did not think I had a chance. I wanted to plead guilty and get it over with. Mr. White convinced me to take it to trial. We had nothing to lose he said and it wouldn't cost extra so my family and I went with it. During my trial, I was amazed at how well Mr. White was at his job. He defended me against the prosecution and facts of the case like something out of a movie. His skill level was clearly much higher compared to the other lawyers I had seen. I was given a "not guilty" sentence. My father and I both agreed that it was nothing short of a miracle. I was ecstatic. I know this review is probably too long, but I could honestly say more things that impressed me about this attorney. If you are reading this Mr. White, thank you so much for representing me and winning my case. I am so happy that this burden is off my chest.
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Posted by Buster | September 29, 2015
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Legal representation regarding allegations of Felony Conversion and Fraud
Mr. White was retained to represent our son regarding allegations of felony conversion and forgery. The climate that Mr. White established from the onset and during our first meeting was indicative of the kind of legal representation that one should expect and receive from their attorney. Mr. White's representation and personal interaction with us far exceeded what we could have ever expected or hoped for. Not only was Mr. White very attentive when discussing our son's legal matters, he was straightforward and very honest with him in his assessment of the situation throughout. At every turn..., Mr. White kept us up to date and informed. Fully understanding that he was a very engaged with other other cases and civic responsibilities, he was timely and responsive to any and every questions or concerns we posed by emails and phone calls. In fact, we can not recall ever not receiving an immediate response to any emails nor followup phone calls. Noteworthy, Mr. White's understanding and genuine concern for how young people sometimes na'ively get themselves into dumb situations, coupled with his compassion and his efforts, our son's legal matter was resolved favorably. More importantly, Mr. White's direct approach in discussing the matter throughout with him has proven to be an invaluable lesson learnt. Words cannot describe the immense gratitude and appreciation that we feel for Mr. White and his team. We thank you again for all that you've done, and I personally thank you for reaffirming a code that I've tried to live by and instill in our son as well as others, "Droit et Avant" (Be Right and Go Forward).
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
Great Result by a Great Attorney
I was arrested for a misdemeanor. As an attorney, a conviction would have had horrible repercussions for me both personally and professionally. I considered representing myself, but fortunately retained Mr. White instead. His knowledge of the law and his familiarity with the people at the courthouse were instrumental in getting the case dismissed. He was always responsive and his professionalism and confidence helped put me at ease during this difficult time. If you find yourself arrested, I highly recommend that you hire an experienced local criminal attorney with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the courtroom and people involved (judges, DA, police officers, etc.) If it happens to be in Wilmington, I believe that attorney should be Woody White.
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Posted by Dave | July 17, 2015
Would Recommend
Very experienced & knowledgeable attorney. Extremely good at communication to let you know what is going on with your case. His fee was reasonable & worth every penny. Hopefully I will never need his services ever again but if I need to, he would be the person I call first.
Posted by Jeff | May 16, 2015
Personal injury
Time of filing to check in my hand was 6 months. Woody was communicative and fair and offered balanced guidance throughout while leaving all decisions to me without any pressure from him...
Posted by Penny | December 13, 2014
The Best You Will Find !!!
I found Mr. White on AVVO and called him. The first time I spoke with him, he treated me with respect and dignity. My case was a very serious accident resulting in the death of the other driver. Woody brought our two families together and with the graciousness of the victims family and other factors, he was able to obtain a Prayer for Judgement for me. I was able to keep my drivers license and therefore my job and home. As a result of Woody's compassion and professionalism, my family has been invited to the victims family reunion. My faith has been restored in the goodness of others and the compassion of the heart. Thank you Woody for all that you have done for me and the victims family. I would have been lost without you. Penny D.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2013
Woody White is an excellent lawyer and made our situation as painless as possible. I highly recommend him for any situation.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2012
During this past summer, I received a citation for a misdemeanor offense while in downtown Wilmington. The officer who wrote me the ticket told me that because I was military, sober/DD, & apparently had seen me wait until any remaining people had walked by, if I accepted being guilty, all that would be required would be to get online and pay a $25 fine. After being unable to make the payment online, I called the Clerk of Court who informed me that since it was a misdemeanor I would still have to appear in front of a judge before paying a fine. I appeared in court early, unrepresented, thinking I was simply going to pay my fine and leave. When the judge asked if I had anything I wanted to explain, again based on recommendation from the officer I replied “No ma’am,” and was promptly sentenced to perform community service, pay a significant fine, and 10 months of supervised probation. Before that day, I had a totally clean record, and had never even seen the inside of a court room so I was completely shocked at the outcome; especially considering the information I had been given. Mr. White was recommended to me by another family member, and within 6 hours of my contacting him, giving him a short biography and event synopsis, he had spoken with the DA gotten the charges dropped completely…my only regret was not seeking his representation sooner. DON’T GO IN FRONT OF A JUDGE UNREPRESENTED. Mr. White and his staff where courteous, professional, & prompt. They treated my case with the same attitude I would have had I been able to do so on my own. I HIGHLY recommend their services to anyone seeking representation in the Wilmington area!!! - OC
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2012
Professional, knowledgeable and caring. Great attention to detail.
Our family was referred to Woody White for some personal legal issues. We were extremely pleased with all aspects of his service . Woody White was very professional, yet caring, honest and open. He and his staff always treated us with the utmost respect. Woody White is a very intelligent and effective attorney. We were more than pleased with the results of his efforts. Based on the experience our family observed, we would strongly recommend Woody White and the entire staff at White & Hearne.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2011
Trustworthy and dependable lawyer in Woody White
Woody was beyond helpful during a stressful time when I was given a traffic citation. I didn't have to worry about a thing as he handled my situation quickly and professionally. I will always go to Woody should I ever need a lawyer in the future.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • WoodyWhite Law PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Chairman, New Hanover County Commissioin
  • New Hanover County Commissioner
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Chairman, N.H. County Commission
  • New Hanover County - Elected Official
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Senator
  • North Carolina State Senate
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Partner
  • White & Hearne
  • 2000 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Lineberry & White LLP
  • 1995 - 1999
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  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Southern College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • D.B. vs. Crowell
  • settled - $307,500
  • Feb 2015 - $500,000
  • Setteld - $500,000
  • Feb 2014 - J.Chace Estate v. McKeithen
  • $450,000.00
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  • University Of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Trustee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Cape Fear Museum Board of Trustees
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • member
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1996 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • New Hanover County Port, Waterway and Beach Commission
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Cape Fear Community College Board of Directors
  • Board of Trustees Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Wilmington Business Development
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • New Hanover County Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Board Member
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Criminal Justice Act - Panel Attorney
  • member
  • 1997 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Superlawyers of North Carolina - 2019
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Superlawyers of North Carolina - 2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • SuperLawyers of North Carolina, 2017
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • 2012 Superlawyers of North Carolina
  • SUPERLAWYERS of North Carolina
  • 2012
  • "Legal Elite"
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2010
  • Board Certified Specialist in Federal Criminal Law
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2009
  • Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law
  • NC State Bar
  • 2009
  • "Legal Elite"
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • NC Association of Bail Bondsmen
  • NC Bail Bond Reform Legislation
  • 2003
  • DWI and District Court Practice
  • DWI law and District Court Practice
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

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Given (28)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Woody White in his capacity as an attorney in our community for several years. Recently I had the pleasure of working with him to defend a mutual client against unfounded allegations in a domestic violence and family law matter. He is extremely hard-working, thorough, organized and articulate and understands the art of courtroom decorum. I recommend Woody as a criminal defense attorney without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Woody is a fine person and fine attorney. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable and diligent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Woody is an outstanding lawyer with an impeccable reputation in the area. He is a tireless advocate for his clients, and is results oriented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Woody is an excellent trial lawyer and advocates zealously for all of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Mr. White to anyone needing prompt and effective service to resolve their legal issues."
Federal crime Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. White has an excellent reputation in the community and I gladly give him my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Woody for almost 20 years. He is a highly skilled and knowledgeable litigator who cares about his clients. You are in "excellent hands" with Woody and his firm of superb attorneys. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly recommend Woody for anyone in need of a criminal defense or personal injury attorney. His knowledge and experience with the law allow him to achieve excellent results for his clients. Outside of the courtroom, he takes the time to sit down with his clients and thoroughly explain every aspect of their case. I consider him one of the best attorney's in the Wilmington area."
Federal crime Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. White is an outstanding attorney and highly respected by fellow lawyers in our area. It is with pleasure that I recommend Woody."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Haywood. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I consider Woody to be an excellent attorney and an asset to the bar. The times we have worked together I have been impressed by his expertise and integrity. I recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Woody is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in New Hanover County. He is knowledgeable, effective and works hard for the people he represents."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Woody White is an extremely professional, intelligent, distinguished, and well-respected attorney in the Wilmington community. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Woody White. We have been partners for over ten years. Woody focuses his practice on criminal and civil litigation. He is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. Woody is experienced, dedicated, prepared and fair. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Woody is a highly professional, knowledgeable and honorable lawyer. I have the utmost confidence in his abilities and integrity and refer cases to him without a second thought."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Woody is a knowledgable and hard-working advocate for his clients."
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Wilmington Criminal defense Lawyer Woody E. White
Woody E. White
Criminal defense Attorney
Wilmington, NC
Licensed for 29 years
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