Austin “Dutch” Entwistle III
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 in some of the most significant times of their life. While in college, through many of my extra-curricular 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.
"In college, I found my passion. In law school, I learned tools through which to channel that passion. Now, at Hartsell & Williams, I once again find myself surrounded by passionate role models, and I am honored to emulate the great attorneys here as we all serve to make this community better."
Growing up in Concord, North Carolina, I always heard about the exceptional reputation of Hartsell & Williams. This firm made its name, and continues to make its name, by offering second-to-none representation for the members of this community. As a younger man, I looked up to the members of this firm for their stature in the community. Now, as their fellow attorney, I look up to the members of this firm because of all that they accomplish in a day. The attorneys here will wake up early, spend their whole day representing their clients and providing exceptional services, and then when they get home they still make time for their families, friends, and community organizations.
Finding a Calling
Austin first realized that he wanted to be a lawyer in his sophomore year of college at UNC Chapel Hill. Like a lot of sophomores, he found himself undecided on what future he wanted to pursue. He was very fortunate to have older friends who were already interested in going to law school, and those friends told him how becoming a lawyer seemed like such a natural path for him to follow.
Leading by example, those friends motivated him to go out and help others. In particular, working with people with disabilities in the Orange County community. Whether it was organizing 5K race fundaisers, raising awareness on campus for using more appropriate language, or just having the local branch of Extraordinary Ventures over for dinner, they made it a point to be advocates and friends witht their brothers and sisters born with disabilities.
Mock Trial Experience
Entwistle was a standout mock trial participant while in college. During his second year of law school his team won a Mock Trial National Championship known as the South Texas Challenge upsetting Stetson, a school historically ranked #1 in the nation for advocacy programs. Law schools do not have football or basketball teams to send to the NCAA tournament, but law schools do have Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Negotiation teams that go out and compete against teams from other schools. Only the best-of-the-best make it onto the teams, and only the best-of-the-best come out as champions. With him giving the closing argument and being crowned champions, it was reminiscent to him of the Miracle on Ice. The only thing we were missing was the “USA” chants.
I really enjoy spending time with family and close friends. Whether it is playing basketball at the YMCA, getting my friends together to play a board game, or travelling with my fiancé to see new parts of the world, I am happiest when I am active. I am also a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings and San Antonio Spurs, so any day I get to watch either of those teams play is a good day to me.
Professional & Civic
Cabarrus County Bar Association
Winner of the Mock Trial National Championship (South Texas Challenge)
Phone: 704.786.5161 ext. 7460