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Andrew T. Cornelius

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Practice Areas

Construction Law >Personal Injury >Business Litigation >Commercial Landlord/Tenant >Civil Litigation >
Collections - Debtor / Creditor Claims
Condemnation and Land Use Law
In Andrew's own words:

“I became a lawyer because I wanted a career where I could help people in a way that they could not help themselves. Clients come to us with issues that are very serious to them, and we can help make their situation better."
Andrew is a partner in the firm of Hartsell & Williams, P.A. and has been practicing with the firm since 2006. He offers full service legal representation for businesses and individuals from planning and contract preparation through litigation and the appellate courts. Andrew actively seeks out solutions to resolve disputes in the best interests of his clients with an eye towards avoiding the costs and stress of court when possible. However, he is an experienced litigator, having tried numerous jury trials, and represents clients at all levels of the court system in North Carolina.

From an early age, Andrew was taught the importance of serving others, a value that was further engrained during his days as a Boy Scout becoming an Eagle Scout. Andrew has carried those values over into his law practice, making it a habit to always look out for his client’s best interests. Even when a client may not want to hear the advice Andrew has to give, he tends to tell it like it is so that his clients always know where they stand with a case. Although not all cases can be settled without going to court, Andrew has found that by being clear with a client up front about the litigation process and all the possible outcomes, he can manage his client’s expectations in a way that usually allows for a case to be resolved in a more efficient and cost productive manner for the client.

Andrew began his legal career practicing construction law after growing up working summers for his dad, who is a general contractor. It was then that he vowed to find a vocation where he never had to work outside in the heat of the south. However, Andrew found that when it came to construction law, he has acquired knowledge and experience in the construction industry that most attorneys lack. He represents all parties in the construction industry, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers. He is member of the Forum on the Construction Industry through the American Bar Association, and the Construction Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. In 2009, Andrew was recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Construction Litigation, and again received that honor in 2018 and 2019.

In addition to construction law, Andrew maintains a diverse practice. Andrew represents businesses, assisting with contract preparation and negotiation and handling civil disputes. Andrew also practices personal injury law, representing individuals who have been injured by the negligence of others. Andrew is counsel for the Cabarrus County Board of Education for all construction-related matters, and he represents local municipalities, the State of North Carolina, and individual property owners in condemnation actions involving disputes over the taking of land by a public entity.

Andrew and his wife have four children, and when he is not working, he spends much of his time wrangling children and coaching their sports teams. Adhering to the adage, “work hard, play harder,” Andrew relishes taking trips with his family, whether it’s catching waves at the beach, hiking in the NC mountains, or riding the newest attraction at Disney World. Andrew is an avid reader, and when he does get a moment of down time, he delights in reading a good book with a steaming cup of black coffee.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. with honors 2001
  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D. 2004


  • “North Carolina Lien Law,” Business Credit Magazine, National Association of Credit Managers 2006
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Cabarrus County Bar Association, Past President 2010
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Construction Law Section
  • American Bar Association – Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Cabarrus County Building Industry Association
  • Board Member, J. Fred Corriher, Jr. YMCA
  • Volunteer Coach, YMCA

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