David W. Hands

Managing Attorney

David W. Hands


After graduating from Fayetteville State University, David earned his juris doctorate with high honors, magna cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law (“NCCU”). While at NCCU, he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar, NCCU Foundation Scholar, and Senior Editor of the prestigious NCCU Law Review. David also worked brief stints as a summer associate with the following legal employers: (1) Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, LLP; (2) Moore & Van Allen; and (3) First Union’s legal department, which is now Wells Fargo.

After passing the North Carolina Bar Examination on his first attempt, David gained invaluable experience as an antitrust Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.  While there, he worked with a team of attorneys and economists evaluating the competitive effects of multi-million dollar mergers/acquisitions in the petroleum and pipeline industries.

David founded Hands Law Office, PLLC in early 2004. Since its founding, the firm has advocated for thousands of clients in North Carolina. David and his wife, Judge Ty Hands, are the proud parents of two sons: David Jr. and Devin. They are members of St. Paul Baptist Church


Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, May 2002

Honors: Thurgood Marshall Scholar, NCCU Foundation Scholar,
Activities:   NCCU Law Journal (Senior Editor),
Contracts Teaching Assistant
Susie M. Sharp Inn of Court

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, May 1995


  • Former Chair and Current Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Referral Board of Directors
  • Former Parliamentarian and Current Member, John S. Leary, Jr. Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Groove Phi Groove, SFI
  • 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte


  • North Carolina State Bar, 2002
  • United States District Court,
  • Western District, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2005
  • Recipient;2002 Anne Duncan Award for academic achievement in the face of significant obstacles


HANDS LAW OFFICE, PLLC, Charlotte, NC, Managing Attorney

Practice Areas:  Bankruptcy, Real Estate Closings (Residential & Commercial),  Criminal & Traffic Law, Personal Injury, Contract Review & Business Start-up.

CHARLOTTE SCHOOL OF LAW, Charlotte, NC, Adjunct Professor

Instructed 2nd & 3rd year law students on the basics of bankruptcy law and the application of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, Washington, DC, Staff Antitrust Attorney

Evaluated and litigated the competitive effects of various multi-million dollar mergers/acquisitions in the petroleum and pipeline industry.

MOORE & VAN ALLEN, PLLC, Charlotte, NC, Summer Associate

Conducted research and drafted memoranda regarding the Revised Article 9, limited partnerships, Regulation S-P, synthetic leases and the Attorney-Client Privilege.

PARKER, POE, ADAMS & BERNSTEIN, LLP, Charlotte, NC, Summer Associate

Conducted research and drafted memoranda regarding Sovereign Immunity.  Organized and drafted the appropriate documents for a Bankruptcy Remote Entity.

FIRST UNION / LEGAL DIVISION, Charlotte, NC, Summer Associate

Rotated through the bank’s litigation, corporate regulatory and capital markets practice groups. Conducted research and drafted memoranda regarding corporate attorney-client privilege, non-compete covenants, arbitration clauses, securities act of 1933 and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.



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