Emily J. Arnold Joins Hartsell & Williams

Hartsell & Williams, PA is pleased to introduce its newest associate attorney, Emily J. Arnold. Emily worked for Hartsell & Williams as an intern following her graduation from Elon University School of Law. After passing the North Carolina Bar Exam in July, Emily now brings her exceptional degree of determination, intelligence, and work-ethic to the firm.
Emily received her undergraduate degree in Sociology, cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018 after makings the Chancellor’s List in two consecutive years. Emily did not waste time in law school, and she took it upon herself to learn practical, efficient skills from lawyers in the Charlotte area during various internships. After spending the last several months working for Hartsell & Williams while she awaited the results of the bar exam, she is now poised to immediately begin helping clients in a meaningful way.
We hope you will join us in congratulating Emily as she joins our firm in our mission to provide our clients with elite, cost-effective representation in a large variety of practice areas. We look forward to continuing to serve you with Emily in our ranks.

Howard S. Irvin Joins Hartsell & Williams

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.

Austin "Dutch" Entwistle Becomes Partner in Hartsell & Williams, P.A.

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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call H. Jay White, Sr. at 704-786-5161, or email at

Attorney Jay White Receives 2016 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award

Attorney Jay White of Hartsell & Williams, P.A. recently received the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award. This is the second year in a row that White has earned this recognition from his clients. Client Choice Awards are given to legal professionals who receive five or more 4 or 5 star client reviews on Avvo within a year.

Avvo is an online legal service marketplace that offers legal advice and showcases ratings of legal professionals. About 97% of U.S. lawyers are rated by Avvo, which allows prospective clients to research attorneys based on their reviews and ratings. Click here to see more of White's Avvo reviews.

What His Clients Have to Say

The great thing about this particular award is that it is solely based off of client reviews; clients who took the time to share their experience and positive reviews about Jay’s service and professionalism.

"Both Jay and his team were a pleasure to work with and I received quick results. He not only was able to get me the best possible outcome, but he was successful in keeping my insurance from increasing and receiving any DMV points." - Rick S, Avvo Review

"Mr. White is a very professional lawyer that adds the personal touch. I can't say enough good things. I would recommend him to anyone, including family." - Maria, Avvo Review

"[Jay] is thorough, professional, and provides positive results. He is the first name I go to if someone asks for a referral and has always met or exceeded my expectations.” - Tony, Avvo Review

“Mr. White was able to establish a very good rapport with our teen. He was honest and upfront with her and treated her with respect. He was thorough in his work, but very reasonable in his fees." – Annette, Avvo Review

About H. Jay White, Sr.

Jay is a partner in the firm of Hartsell & Williams, P.A. and has been practicing with the firm since 1998. He handles an array of legal matters in many different areas such as speeding tickets, traffic violations, DWIs, drug cases, misdemeanors and felonies. Jay also handles matters in the civil arena from personal injury to domestic/family matters.

Jay takes pride in working with clients and understanding their individual needs. He strives to help them understand what they are facing and provide them with the options and education to make informed decisions. Click here to read Jay's full bio and learn more about his practice areas.

About Hartsell & Williams, P.A.

Hartsell & Williams, P.A. is the oldest continuously operating law firm in Cabarrus County. The firm was established in 1896 by Luther Thompson Hartsell who was later joined by his son Luther Thompson, Jr. and later by John Sharpe Hartsell. John Hugh Williams founded the firm Williams, Willeford & Boger in 1962. In 2002, the Hartsell firm merged with the Williams firm, creating the present firm of Hartsell & Williams, P.A. Hartsell & Williams has added additional partners over the years but has always maintained the names of its original founders.

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