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H.P. Williams, Jr.

Phone: (252) 338-4151
Fax: (252) 338-8546

Since joining The Twiford Law Firm in 1994, Mr. H.P. Williams Jr. has focused his practice on the defense of those individuals who have come in contact with the Criminal Justice System as a result of having been charged with a criminal offense. His practice is focused primarily on DWI, traffic, drug offenses and other serious misdemeanor and felony charges including homicide, assault, sex crimes and domestic abuse. He believes that each client deserves the best representation possible and will work diligently on their behalf.

He defends those accused of state and federal crimes. He has served in the federal justice system as a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney since 1995.

Prior to joining The Twiford Law Firm in 1994, he served as the elected District Attorney for the First Prosecutorial District of North Carolina for twelve years. Prior to that, he served four years as an Assistant District Attorney. The First Prosecutorial District includes the counties of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans. While serving as the District Attorney, he aggressively prosecuted those individuals charged. Since joining The Twiford Law Firm, he has defended his clients with equal vigor and determination.

Since 2012 he has been selected by The National Trial Lawyers as one of its Top Trial Lawyers.


  • Guilford College (B.A., 1972)
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., 1978)

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law, Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Traffic Violations


  • North Carolina State Bar, 1978
  • Virginia State Bar, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina Superior and District Courts

Legal Associations

  • President North Carolina Conference of District Attorney's 1989-1990
  • President North Carolina District Attorney's Association 1989-1990
  • President First District Bar 1993-1994
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Civic Associations

  • River City Community Development Corporation 2004-2014
  • River City Community Development Corporation Board Chairman 2010-2011
  • Board of Directors Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce 2008-2011
  • Elizabeth City-Pasquotank School Foundation 1994-2003
  • Elizabeth City-Pasquotank School Foundation President 1999-2000 & 2002-2003
  • Elizabeth City-Pasquotank School Foundation Advisory Board 2012
  • Past Member of Gateway Bank Advisory Board
  • Past Member of Elizabeth City Noon Rotary Club
  • Charter and Past Member of Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club
  • Past Member of Elizabeth City Lion's Club
  • Member of Corinth Baptist Church, Sunday School Teacher
  • East Carolina School of Dental Medicine, Elizabeth City CSLC Advisory Board 2013-Present

Public Offices Held

  • District Attorney First Prosecutorial District of North Carolina, 1982-1994
  • Assistant District Attorney First Prosecutorial District of North Carolina, 1978-1982


  • 2009 AND 2010 Daily Advance Readers Choice Award for Best Lawyer


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