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James K Coward Jr. - Sylva, NC

705 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779

Updated: 10/05/2021


James Kent (“Jay”) Coward, Jr. was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and has been practicing law in Sylva since 1984. He attended the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, received his B.A.with honors in English from Davidson College in 1977, and earned his law degree from Campbell University in 1984, where he was a member of the Campbell Law Observer.


About James K Coward Jr.


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Representative Clients

  • Nantahola Tower & Light
  • Smoky Mountain Area Mental Health


Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Other Affiliations

  • Jaycees
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Southwestern Community College Foundation (Board Chairman)
  • Jackson County Board of Elections
  • Economic Development Commission
  • Westcare Regional Hospital
  • Webster Enterprises (Chair)
  • Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
  • The Pinnacle Park Foundation
  • Sylva First Baptist Church Board of Deacons


  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina, 1984
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: Member of the Campbell Law Observer
  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: Honors in English
    Major: English
  • University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Pro Bono Activities

  • North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Baptist Childrens’ Home of North Carolina



  • Elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners , 1994 - 1998



Office Information


705 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779


  • (828) 524-9833

Accepts Credit Cards


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