Edward T. Hinson, Jr.

Ed Hinson began his practice as an Assistant District Attorney in Charlotte. In just over four years as a prosecutor, he was lead counsel for the state in a number of jury trials, including several capital murder prosecutions, embezzlements, rapes, armed robberies and other serious crimes.

In 1981, Ed joined James, McElroy & Diehl, where his trial practice comprises both civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts. His practice also includes frequent representation of lawyers and law firms, physicians and other medical professionals, as well as business leaders and their companies before regulatory bodies, arbitration panels and the FINRA. Ed appreciates the importance of his clients’ privacy and, due to his discretion in handling sensitive matters, his cases often have escaped public attention.

Ed is a member of numerous bar organizations, and was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2003. He is active in his community and currently serves on the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission, the board of directors of the McLeod Center, the Advisory Board of the UNCC Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, and is a life deacon in his church, having served as chair of the board of deacons.

Academic Background

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1977
  • B.A., Wofford College, 1974

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • North Carolina Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the 2009-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© by Best Lawyers® – Bet-The-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation
  • Named to the 2015-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© by Best Lawyers® – Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Named to the “North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 100″ 2013, 2014, and 2018 editions – General Litigation
  • Named to the “North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 25” 2018 – General Litigation
  • Named to the “North Carolina Super Lawyers” 2009-2020 editions – General Litigation
  • Business North Carolina “Legal Elite” 2009-2011, 2018 editions – Criminal and Litigation
  • Received the North Carolina Chief Justice’s LAP award in 2006
  • Received the Mecklenburg Medical Society Alliances’s James Gray Cannon Award in 2005
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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