North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently appointed Macon County attorney William (Bill) Coward as Superior Court Judge for the Judicial District 30A.
Prior to his appointment, Coward worked as an attorney with the firm Coward, Hicks & Siler for more than 25 years. He has also served for 15 years as the town attorney for Highlands. Coward is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Coward has practiced law in Western North Carolina continuously since his graduation from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1987. His practice has been devoted exclusively to civil litigation and criminal law, with cases involving corporate disputes, defense against condemnation of land by the Department of Transportation, personal injury and car wreck cases, family law and construction law.
Coward has served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Highlands since 1999. He was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in 1988. After graduating from Sylva- Webster High School, Coward obtained his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in 1981. Coward is admitted to practice in all courts in North Carolina and the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
During his tenure, Coward has prosecuted approximately 1,000 jury and non-jury civil cases and approximately 1,000 jury and non-jury criminal cases in all counties of Judicial District 30A and several other counties of the Eight Division, and Federal Court, for both plaintiffs and defendants.