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James K Coward Jr. - Sylva, NC

Sylva Municipal Law Lawyer
705 W. Main StreetSylva, NC 28779
Accepts Credit Cards
James K Coward Jr.Lawyer 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. Coward was admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association in 1984 and is licensed to practice in...

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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

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Practice Areas
Municipal LawNative Peoples & Indian Law
Litigation
50%
Current Employment Position(s)
Attorney, Coward, Hicks & Siler, since 1984
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
North Carolina, 1984U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1986U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
Other Affiliations
JayceesBoy Scouts of AmericaSouthwestern Community College Foundation (Board Chairman) Jackson County Board of ElectionsEconomic Development CommissionWestcare Regional HospitalWebster Enterprises (Chair) Jackson County Chamber of CommerceThe 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, 1977
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Honors in English
Major: English
University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 1976
Pro Bono Activities
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Baptist Childrens’ Home of North Carolina
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Honors
Elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners , 1994 - 1998
Representative Clients
Nantahola Tower & LightSmoky Mountain Area Mental Health
References
Great Smoky Mountain RailwayJackson Insurance Agency
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Office Information
Address
705 W. Main StreetSylva, NC 28779
Phone
828-743-2401 (Cashiers)828-524-6475 (Franklin, Asheville)828-586-2147 (Sylva)
Accepts Credit Cards
Yes
Office Hours
By appointment only
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828-586-2147 (Sylva)
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