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James K Coward Jr. - Sylva, NC

705 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779

Updated: 02/18/2024

Overview

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.

Mr...

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.

Mr. Coward was admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association in 1984 and is licensed to practice in United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (1986), United States Supreme Court (1986, The Cherokee Supreme Court (2002), and United States Tax Court (2007). His areas of practice include Real Estate, Business, Government, Eminent Domain, and Civil Litigation. He has represented clients such as Smoky Mountain Area Mental Health, Duke Energy, Village of Forest Hills (1999-2006), County of Jackson (2010–), and the Town of Highlands (2013–).

Mr. Coward focuses part of his practice on Native American Indian Law and works to successfully represent both enrolled members and non-Indians in matters occurring on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians lands. He studied the Cherokee language at Kituwah Language Academy.

Mr. Coward has been active in civic affairs his entire career and has served on the boards of Southwestern Community College Foundation, Jackson County Arts Council, the Economic Development Commission, the Westcare Regional Hospital, the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Baptist Childrens’ Home of North Carolina. He has chaired the boards of Webster Enterprises, Jackson County Board of Elections, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, The Pinnacle Park Foundation and the Sylva First Baptist Church Board of Deacons. In 1994, he was elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and served until 1998.

Office: Franklin | Phone: 828-524-6475 | Facsimile: 828-524-9833 | Email: jkcoward@chspa.com

About James K Coward Jr.

Litigation

  • 50%

Representative Clients

  • Nantahola Tower & Light
  • Smoky Mountain Area Mental Health

Qualifications

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

Education

  • 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

Achievements

Honors

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

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Office Information

Address

705 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779

Fax

  • (828) 524-9833

Accepts Credit Cards

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