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Bill Powers

A Committed, Compassionate Champion for Clients

Bill Powers is well-known throughout North Carolina among courtroom lawyers. As the former President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, through his work teaching lawyers, and as a founding member of the Center for Legal Education and Advocacy, Bill Powers is a "Lawyer’s Lawyer."

"Make no mistake, justice is a battle. As a courtroom lawyer, my goal is to fight to the best of my abilities to help my clients, while also being courteous to my opponent. It's something I work on every day."

- Bill Powers

Diversified Practice – Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Accidents

We choose not to limit ourselves to a particular practice type or area of law. Our focus is on helping people in times of need.

Experience in one area of law can be incredibly helpful with other legal issues. We’re not just criminal defense lawyers, or personal injury attorneys, or lawyers who handle divorce cases. We’re litigators.

"Whether it’s a complicated, messy divorce, a bad car accident, or serious felony DWI charge involving allegations of murder or manslaughter, courtroom advocacy and trial skills make a difference."

- Bill Powers

The knowledge base for defending for DWI charges in North Carolina is a wonderful, powerful tool if you represent a plaintiff on a wrongful death claim for punitive damages in a car accident case.

Understanding substance abuse and mental health issues has crossover to legal problems involving child custody, domestic violence, and best-interest cases.

"The longer I practice law, the more I understand how interconnected it all is. There is no better feeling than being in the well of the bar, arguing a case, mixing it up, and realizing, ‘Good gracious, how blessed am I to do this thing I love."

- Bill Powers

North Carolina Legal Representation

"I love traveling to different jurisdictions, working with all sorts of lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and court personnel. It's a rush to walk into a new jurisdiction for the first time. I can think of no more fulfilling way to practice law."

- Bill Powers

Our lawyers travel. We go to where people need our help when we can help. Our telephone number is 704-342-HELP for a reason.

Our North Carolina law firm has convenient locations in North Carolina.

While we may focus on the Charlotte Metro region and surrounding counties like Union, Iredell, Lincoln, and Gaston, our law firm and attorneys have no problem traveling near-and-far to help people. Sometimes a fresh look and different perspective is just what's needed.

"I have practiced law and tried cases in many jurisdictions throughout North Carolina. I don't worry about local politics or personalities. I try my cases based on the law and facts. The law is the same in Murphy as it is in Manteo. I love traveling North Carolina, helping people."

- Bill Powers

** Bill Powers is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and therefore limits his practice to the Pine State. Attorney Chris Beddow is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Mr. Beddow is the sole attorney licensed in South Carolina and is the attorney at Powers Law Firm PA responsible for all legal matters and website content in the Palmetto State.

Lawyer and a Teacher

"One of the more rewarding aspects of my professional life is helping other North Carolina defense attorneys and plaintiff’s lawyers be better at what they do. I don't believe in hiding information or experiences."

- Bill Powers

Though he spends most of his time in the courtroom, Mr. Powers keeps up in the classroom too, chairing and teaching Continuing Legal Education and writing.

"The best way to learn is to teach. Helping explain the law and courtroom techniques forces me to be on the forefront of law and legal issues. There is always room to learn and become a better courtroom lawyer."

- Bill Powers

A Passion for His Clients and Their Lives

Bill Powers views his job as an opportunity to counsel clients through difficult times.

"My passion is to help people, not judge them. I take my responsibilities seriously. People trust me with their worries, concerns, and lives. I absolutely must be there for them."

- Bill Powers

Read the Bar Journal Article, "I lost a client."

A Respected Leader in the North Carolina Legal Community

"It blows me away to be selected as President of NCAJ by my peers. It was an incredible honor to serve. The wisest professional decision I ever made was to join the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. One cannot practice law in a vacuum. You must engage. Community makes for better lawyering."

- Bill Powers

He is also a founding member of the Center for Legal Education and Advocacy (CLEA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching lawyers and the advancement of trial skills.

Bill Powers is a Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/National Board of Legal Specialty Certification as well as a member of the IACP – International Association of Collaborative Professionals.

His N.C. law firm, Powers Law Firm PA, is included in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® "Best Law Firms" publication. The firm has been named a Charlotte Tier 1 "Best Law Firms" in the area of DUI-DWI Defense. For more information on the criteria for selection check out Best Lawyers.

Charlotte criminal defense attorney Bill Powers has been included in Super Lawyers North Carolina for 15 years, from 2007 to 2021. Bill is included in the publication within the 2021 "Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte" and "Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina" lists by Super Lawyers.

For more information regarding membership information and criterion for inclusion to Super Lawyers North Carolina see Super Lawyers Selection Process.

Bill Powers is the founding partner of the law firm Powers Law Firm PA, with law offices in Charlotte and North Carolina.

Bill Powers assists clients with:

  • Criminal Defense: Serious Felonies and General Misdemeanors
  • DWI – Driving While Impaired felony or misdemeanor, (some refer to that as DUI or Driving Under the Influence), or "drunk driving"
  • Family Law – Separation, Divorce, Child Custody, Support, Equitable Distribution
  • Collaborative Divorce – Mediation – Child Best Interest Litigation
  • Complex Wrongful Death and Serious Bodily Injury Claims – involving Alcohol-Related Injuries, Car Accidents and Motor Vehicle Fatalities
  • Traffic Ticket Offenses requiring Traffic Court appearances, for Speeding, Reckless Driving, DMV license suspension issues and Moving Violations

Martindale-Hubbell lists Bill Powers as an AV "Preeminent Lawyer" 2010 – 2020*

The National Trial Lawyers has included Bill Powers in "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in North Carolina in 2020. For more information on the criteria for selection to the NTL Top 100 Trial Lawyers, go to National Trial Lawyers.

After passing the North Carolina Bar exam, Bill was admitted to the NC Bar Association in 1992.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

For more information regarding Best Lawyers in America / US NEWS & WORLD REPORT see: Bill Powers' Best Lawyers profile.

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J.D., Campbell University School of Law, 1992

B.A., NC State, 1988

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice North Carolina, 1992
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

North Carolina
Member Since: 1992

Client Reviews
I am so fortunate to have had Bill Powers on my case. Upon our first meeting, Bill insisted that through the emotions of anger, sadness, confusion, and betrayal that I remain resilient. He was available to answer questions with researched, logical, truthful answers throughout our two year stretch together... J.R.
Bill Powers and his firm were a true blessing. If anyone is contacting an attorney, it's more than likely not from a positive life experience. If there was a rating for "bedside manner" for lawyers he'd get a 10/10 for that as well. The entire staff were helpful... K.C.
Bill Powers’ staff has handled several traffic citations for me over the years, and they exceeded my expectations each and every time. Would highly recommend anyone faced with a traffic citation or court case contact his office and they will handle it from there. M.C.
Bill and his staff are flat out great. I (unfortunately) was a repeat customer after a string of tickets. These guys not only took care of the initial ticket for me, but went the extra mile and reduced my problems from 3 to just 1 (very minor one) on the same day I called back! I would recommend them to anyone. A.R.