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Howard J. Cummings - Raleigh, NC

150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800P.O. Box 1151 Raleigh, NC 27602

Updated: 12/10/2019

Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer


Howard Cummings is a tenured criminal litigator who served as Deputy Assistant District Attorney for Wake County for nearly three decades. He brings a wealth of knowledge, resources, and insight to the criminal defense team at Tharrington Smith.

Licensed to practice in North Carolina in 1979, Howard was a private practice lawyer in Pitt for several years before moving to Raleigh and joining the DA’s office. During his tenure, he saw the DA’s office expand from 15 attorneys to several dozens...

About Howard J. Cummings

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI & Traffic Matters
  • Drug Crimes
  • Domestic Violence Offenses
  • Criminal Law And Business Crimes Defense
  • Larceny & Property Crimes

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney


Other Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1999
  • Wake County Bar Association, 1999
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, 1999
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section (Member)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Attorneys, 2017 - Present (Fellow)


  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina, 1979
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
    B.S., Bachelor of Science

Past Positions

  • Wake County District Attorney’s Office, Raleigh, NC, 1989-2018
  • Private Practice, Pitt, County NC, 1983-1989
  • Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial Bar Board of Directors – 2 Terms
  • Justice Complex Design Team Leader

Pro Bono Activities

  • NCSU University Club Board of Directors
  • NCSU University Club Pool Committee
  • NCSU University Club Audit Committee
  • City of Greenville NC Board of Adjustments – Past Chairman

Classes and Seminars

  • N. C. Conference of District Attorney’s – Presenter at annual conference CLE training on substantive topics, ethics and mental health.



  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine, 2018
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Attorneys, 2017
  • Gilchrist Award, North Carolina Bar Association, 2016

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Office Information


150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800P.O. Box 1151 Raleigh, NC 27602


  • 919-829-1583

Accepts Credit Cards


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