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John Grover Hutchens, III

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2412 Arty Ave
Charlotte, North Carolina 28208


John “Johnny” Hutchens is a Criminal Defense and Family Law Associate Attorney with Powers Law Firm, PA. Johnny was born and raised in Charlotte where he attended Charlotte Latin School. Johnny also attended the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate studies and Campbell University School of Law.

During law school, Johnny pursued opportunities where he could improve his writing and advocacy skills. Johnny was a senior staff writer for the legal periodical, the Campbell Law Observer and published nineteen articles, he excelled in mock trial competitions, and served as a Legal Research and Writing Assistant for the current North Carolina Appellate Judge, the Honorable Allegra Collins.

Read Johnny’s articles here.

After graduating from law school, Johnny accepted a position with a general practice law firm in the Asheville area where he litigated a variety of cases ranging from domestic disputes, criminal offenses, and other civil litigation matters. A passion for courtroom advocacy led him to a position with the inaugural Public Defender’s Office in Judicial District 29a. In that role Johnny was responsible for defending a variety of cases ranging from low level misdemeanors to upper-level felonies gaining significant trial experience throughout his tenure. Upon moving back to Charlotte, Johnny briefly served as an attorney with an employment law firm primarily assisting with wrongful terminations as well as wage-and-hour disputes. Armed with a diverse professional background, Johnny brings a blend of litigation experience to help all our clients navigate the justice system.

Why are You a Lawyer?

I’ve known since I was a kid that I wanted to be a lawyer. True, I did not fully comprehend all the facets of being a lawyer but recognized that I was an outspoken advocate for what I believed was right. In addition, being a lawyer and advocate runs in my blood and I am a third-generation lawyer in the state of North Carolina.

As I continued through college, I knew I wanted to go to law school. Initially, I was seeking the thrill of the courtroom. While I still have the same passion for the courtroom, the thrill of a contested case is nowhere as satisfying as the feeling from helping clients.

All cases can be emotional and exhausting. While I may see similar cases every day, I never lose sight of the fact that chances are the client has never been through a situation like this before. Oftentimes, the cases I handle are stressful for the client, and I value taking the time to keep the client involved as much as possible and making sure that they feel like they have the best representation in their corner.

Lifelong Learner

"Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it."

- Albert Einstein

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

- Henry Ford

Not only does the practice of law require an attorney to stay up to date on developments in the law and the field, but continued education is fuel for the mind and an asset not only for myself, but also for the client. I think it is important to remain humble and seek as much information as possible before making a move in a case. Whether that includes seeking additional facts, re-reading caselaw, or diving into foreign subject matter, I take pride in being an eager student willing to put in the extra effort to better prepare myself and provide the best representation possible for the client.


Johnny moved back to Charlotte in late 2020 and currently resides in south Charlotte with his wife. Johnny is a self-proclaimed animal lover who has a dog and a cat as well. Johnny is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching the South Carolina Gamecocks, Carolina Panthers, and the Charlotte Hornets. He also enjoys playing golf and basketball whenever he can find the time.


J.D., Campbell University School of Law, 2017

B.A., University of South Carolina, 2012

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice North Carolina, 2017
U.S. District Court for the Western District N.C., 2021
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Mecklenburg County Bar

North Carolina State Bar

Powers Law Firm PA Practice Groups

Criminal Defense – Drug Crimes, Domestic Violence, Assault, Felonies and Misdemeanors

DUI Charges – Driving While Impaired “DUI” in Charlotte, Union County NC, Iredell, Gaston, Lincoln, and Rowan County, North Carolina

Charlotte Divorce – Child Custody, Child Support, Equitable Distribution

Alienation of Affection - Criminal Conversation, Interference with Marriage, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Punitive Damages

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. I went to any lengths for my case because he won my trust almost immediately... J.R.
My daughter had a second DUI and when it all seemed hopeless, Bill was able to get the charges dropped. This is a man who is extremely knowledgeable, yet still keeps his integrity which was impressive to me. He handles himself with dignity. If you hire him, you will have the best of the best, along with his expansive intellect and wisdom about the law. Lisa
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.