James R. Hawes

James Ryan Hawes

James R. Hawes

(828) 322-4663
Fax (828) 322-2023

Family Law
Criminal Trial Defense
Corporate Law
Civil Litigation


Jim’s practice focuses on family law, criminal trial defense in both state and federal court, corporate law and general civil litigation. His experience includes successfully arguing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Jim has represented businesses and entrepreneurs from large national companies to small local businesses.

 Jim joined Young, Morphis, Bach & Taylor in 2014 after moving to Hickory from Raleigh, where he had practiced since 2007.  When not practicing law, Jim enjoys spending time with his family.

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2007
  • US Federal District Courts for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2007; Middle District of North Carolina 2012; Western District of North Carolina, 2013
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2012


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2007
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2004

Professional and Community Activities

  • North Carolina State Bar, Bar Candidate Committee Member
  • Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, Chairman & Executive Leadership Team Member
  • Pete Keel Foundation, Secretary-Treasurer & Organizer for Pete Keel Classic
  • Rock Barn Country Club & Spa Social Committee
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Member



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