Bill Powers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Powers McCartan PLLC
 | 2412 Arty Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: 704-604-8807
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

The 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine includes Bill Powers on the:

  • “TOP 100" North Carolina Super Lawyers List
  • "TOP 25" in Charlotte Super Lawyers List
  • 10 YEARS Selected to Super Lawyers 

Powers McCartan, PLLC also included in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers  ® “Best Law Firms” publication.  The firm has been named a Charlotte Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” for the area of DUI / DWI Defense.  

Bill Powers is also listed individually within the The Best Lawyers in America 2016 publication for his work in DUI / DWI Defense and Criminal Defense:  General Practice.

Bill is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy / National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.

Bill Powers is the founding partner of the law firm of Powers McCartan PLLC in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bill's helps clients with:

  • DWI DUI Impaired Driving Defense
  • Criminal Defense:  Serious Felonies and General Misdemeanors
  • Traffic Offenses / Traffic Court:  Speeding, Reckless Driving, DMV and Moving Violations
  • Complex Wrongful Death Claims - Alcohol Related Injuries, Wrecks and Fatalities 

Martindale-Hubbell lists Bill Powers as an AV "Preeminent Lawyer" 2010 - 2016*

The National Trial Lawyers has included Bill Powers in "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in North Carolina in 2016.

The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys included Mr. Powers in the "2013 Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney Award" in the field of Criminal Law.

Bill is the President Elect of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.  Attorney Powers has also been listed in Business North Carolina Magazine, Legal Elite 2016.

Bill was admitted to practice in North Carolina in 1992.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

For more information regarding membership information and criterion for inclusion to Best Lawyers in America / US NEWS & WORLD REPORT see:

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%): DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense (40%): Criminal Law, Traffic Violations

Personal Injury - General (20%)

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI: DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense: Criminal Law, Traffic Violations


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Bill Powers

Admitted 1992, North Carolina

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Honors and Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Rating, Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers (, Martindale-Hubbell, Martindale-Hubbell, 2010
  • we have the “Ebbie Awards” which recognize members who go above and beyond in their commitment, dedication and service to the NCAJ, the Order of Service is a broader recognition of members who have given generously of their time and talent to the NCAJ by serving a minimum of two areas. These areas include amicus brief writing, writing manuscripts and speaking at CLE seminars, coaching a mock trial team or otherwise significantly serving our mock trial program, actively serving on committees, writing articles for Trial Briefs, chairing educational programs, writing for various publication projects of the NCAJ, chairing sections or divisions, among other things. The goal of this recognition is to let those of you who give so much of your time, know how much we appreciate you and to encourage others to join your ranks!, Order of Service, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2010
  •, Ebbie Award, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2008
  • AVVO Client / Attorney Rating  (  "10/10 Superb"
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award
  • Delta Theta Phi Recipient

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Program Chair, Criminal Masters of Advocacy, North Carolina Advocates for Justice.  Summer Convention, Wilmington, NC, 2011
  • Wisconsin, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1992
  • North Carolina, 1992
  • Chair, Authorized Practice of Law, Committee 26th Judicial District, Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS:•Keynote Speaker - consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich•Saturday’s Luncheon Speaker – North Carolina’s own Roger Smith on Professionalism•Civil Masters in Advocacy Seminar – Hone your skills at Effective Motions Practice (morning) and An Introduction to Reptilian Trial Advocacy from the Founders with David Ball and Don Keenan (afternoon)•Criminal Masters in Advocacy Seminar - Hit & Runs: Fast-paced Multi-subject Hot Button Topics for the Everyday Practitioner, Program Chair, Criminal Masters of Advocacy, North Carolina Advocates For Justice, 2011
  • Successful District Court Practice in Eastern North Carolina - Continuing Legal Education Speaker, Cross Examination of Expert Witness - North Carolina Advocates for Justice New Bern, North Carolina April 29, 2011, Speaker, Cross Examination of Expert Witness, North Carolina Advocates For Justice, 2011
  • Presentation of Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced DWI Trial Techniques. Sponsor, Rowan County Bar. August. 2010, Program Speaker, DWI Update, Rowan County, 2010
  • Program Chair for NCAJ 2010 Summer Convention, Criminal Masters of Advocacy Program. , Program Chair, Masters in Criminal Advocacy, North Carolina Advocates Of Justice, 2010
  • Collection of Laws and Protocols for DWI DUI Impaired Driving in North Carolina Standardized Field Sobriety Tests NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Protocols Approved Breath Testing Devices, PBT Portable Breath Testing Sentencing in North Carolina for DWI DUI Impaired Driving, North Carolina DWI Quick Reference Guide
  • DWI Law "Field Dexterity Testing," Lorman CLE, 2002 - Present
  • "The Intoxilyzer 5000 and Alcosensor - Know the Technology - Help Your Client"
  • DWI Law "Alcosensor-How on Earth Does It Work," Lorman CLE, 2002 - Present
  • DWI Law "The Interlock Device," Mecklenburg Co. Bar, 2001 – Present
  • "Adventures in Fantasyland – A Traffic Law Primer"
  • "The Interlock Device – Buck Rogers meets Learned Hand"

Educational Background:

  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, 1988
Office Location for Bill Powers

2412 Arty Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Phone: 704-604-8807


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Last Updated: 6/6/2016

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