Howard S. Irvin is joining Hartsell & Williams, PA, where he will continue his real estate practice that has served the community for over 50 years. In joining the firm, Howard brings one of the longest running real estate practices in the area to the oldest continuously operating law firm in Cabarrus County. Hartsell & Williams was established in 1896 by Luther Thompson Hartsell and the firm has provided legal services to Cabarrus County and its surrounding areas ever since.
Effective September 1, 2022, Howard will move from his present offices at 43 Church St S, Concord, NC 28025 and join Hartsell & Williams, PA at its existing location at 71 McCachern Blvd SE, Concord, NC 28025. While Howard can be found at the 71 McCachern Blvd SE office for now, the 43 Church St S office will be renovated and reopened in the coming months—so stay tuned for those updates!
A Concord native, Howard graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School and began his legal career in 1965 as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps for the United States Navy, serving in duty stations in the northeast, southeast, and Washington, D.C. While in service with the Navy, Howard met and married his wife, Margaret. They have been married for over 55 years and have three adult daughters, as well as eight grandchildren.
After his service in the Navy, Howard joined the law practice of his father, E. Johnston Irvin, in July 1969. While he was a general practitioner in his early years, Howard soon limited his law practice to solely real estate related matters and has remained a prominent real estate attorney for over half a century since. Howard enjoys the real estate practice and takes pride in being “hands on”—doing his own title searches, preparing his own closing documents, and doing his own closings in his office.
Howard will be joining fellow Concord natives David C. Williams and E. Garrison White in the firm’s real estate practice group. David graduated from Duke University and then Campbell University School of Law before joining the firm in 1996. Garrison joined the firm in 2019 after graduating from Northwestern University and then University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School. Combined, the real estate practice group has over 80 years of experience and will continue serving the Concord and the greater Charlotte area doing residential and commercial real estate transactions, including purchases, refinances, 1031 tax free exchanges and commercial leases, as well as real estate litigation.
Hartsell & Williams, P.A. is pleased to announce the promotion of Austin “Dutch” Entwistle III as a partner of our firm effective January 1, 2021.
Entwistle joined Hartsell & Williams, P.A. in September 2017 after graduating from Campbell University School of Law. His practice areas at the firm includes civil litigation, estate litigation, real property disputes and appeals.
During his time at Campbell University, Entwistle was a standout mock trial participant and was among a team of students to win the Mock Trial National Championship known as the South Texas Challenge. “While in college, through many of my extracurricular activities, I learned what it felt like to be there for very worthy people who do not always get a fair shot at certain aspects of life,” stated Entwistle. “One of the reasons I became a lawyer is because I feel that it is important for someone to have an advocate on their side who is willing to fight for them and represent their interests.”
Entwistle is a Concord, North Carolina native, who is passionate about his family, friends, and community. He strives to not only serve those in need but to also offer counsel to people experiencing difficult times.
“Becoming a partner in Hartsell & Williams, P.A. is an honor,” says Entwistle. “I look forward to continuing to provide legal services to the community I call home.”
“We are delighted to promote Dutch,” stated Merritt White, Senior Partner at Hartsell & Williams, P.A. “He has shown an outstanding commitment to clients and promoting the values of our firm. We are committed to providing top quality legal work for our clients and service to Cabarrus County. With his experience and dynamic personality, we are excited that Dutch will continue the traditions of Hartsell & Williams.”
Hartsell & Williams, P.A. strives to offer a "full-practice approach" helping our community with all of your legal needs. Our attorneys specialize in different legal areas but work together to offer our clients comprehensive representation in domestic and family disputes, traffic violations and driving under the influence (DUI), civil litigation, as well as business and construction law. We are also very experienced in handling real estate, social security, estate planning and criminal law cases.
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