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William Lenox Fay

also known as William Fay, Wil Fay

About me

I believe very strongly in the concept of liberty and the freedoms granted to each of us by the Constitution.  I consider the Courthouse to be the front lines of the battleground for our liberty and I'm proud to be a leader and a soldier on that front line.  My experience as a law student, including law journal editor, judicial externship and focused studies, built a solid foundation for my law career. This foundation is strengthened by working within the court system each day, defending my clients' rights.  My life experience as a husband, father and employee before I entered the legal profession all contribute to my professional ethics and values, making me a better lawyer.

I have taught courses to other practicing attorneys on effective ways to defend criminal charges, have served as a featured panelist in roundtable Q&As for practicing attorneys who want to hone their defense skills, provided private consults for attorneys who needed help with more difficult cases, and coached a high school mock trial team who took first in the State and finished second nationally (I can't take much credit for that though - those kids were rockstars in the courtroom).  Before law school, I worked for Lucent Technologies selling Optical Networking Equipment and Fiber Optic Cable.  It was a good opportunity to travel the world a bit and develop some key negotation and persuasion tools. 

I believe in providing direct, effective, and compassionate counsel to my clients and I defend their rights with integrity and professionalism.

Personal interests:

My work and family keep me busy, but I am an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams & Blues.  


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%
  5. Violent Crime: 5%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Collin Patrick Cook

    I endorse Wil Fay without hesitation. He is a highly intelligent lawyer with an extensive knowledge of the law that allows him to effectively represent his clients on a broad range of criminal matters ranging from the most serious felonies to traffic matters. He is a skilled trial advocate who does not hesitate to fight for his clients.


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  • William D. Young IV

    Wil is an outstanding litigator and advocate. He truly cares about his clients and seeks justice for them as if it was for himself.


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Contact info

Fay & Grafton

1 North Pack Sq.
Suite 403
Asheville, NC, 28801


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best DUI Lawyers in RaleighExpertise.com2016
Lead Counsel Rated - Drunk Driving DefenseLead Counsel2015
Lead Counsel Rated - Criminal Law - State Felony & Misdemeanor.Lead Counsel2015
Humanitarian of the YearNAACP2014
Clients ChoiceAvvo2012
Best Criminal Attorney in RaleighCitySpur.com2009
Academic Excellence Award: Juvenile LawSt. Louis University School of Law2005
Academic Excellence Award: Alternative Dispute ResolutionSt. Louis University School of Law2004
Academic Excellence Award: Professional ResponsibilitySt. Louis University School of Law2004
Academic Excellence Award: Criminal ProcedureSt. Louis University School of Law2004
Academic Excellence Award: Legal Research and WritingSt. Louis University School of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerFay & Grafton2005 - Present
Summer AssociateSpencer Fane Britt & Browne2004 - 2004
Judicial ExternshipU.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri Judge Catherine D. Perry2004 - 2005
Law ClerkBeech Law Firm - St. Louis, MO2003 - 2004
Sales Account ExecutiveLucent Technologies1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, CLE CommitteeCo-chair2016 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2016 - Present
Immigration AdvocatesPro Bono Resource Attorney2016 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, DWI SectionMember2016 - Present
28th Judicial District BarMember2016 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Criminal Defense SectionMember2016 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2016 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember2011 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2005 - Present
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersMember2007 - 2016
Wake County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v MNot Guilty
State v ENot Guilty
State v NNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Arizona State UniversityPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1997
Washington UniversityPolitical Scienceattended 1993-1995N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers CLEDefending a DWI2014
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers 2013 Annual CLERoadside Testing: A Controlled Drinking Exercise2013
Law Review CLE - Marriott RaleighOver the Limit: Defending a DUI Case2013
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers CLEDWI Law and Trial Practice2011
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers CLEDWI Field Sobriety Testing2009