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Charles L. McLawhorn, Jr., Founder

IMG_1553-Edit.jpgMr. McLawhorn grew up on a tobacco and dairy farm in the quiet community of Renston, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  He studied law at Oklahoma City University, where he was ranked number one in a class of 200 and was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Oklahoma City University Law Review.  After receiving his Juris Doctor degree, he was awarded a Kenneson Fellowship to study at New York University, and he obtained a Master of Laws degree in May 1977.

Immediately he returned to Pitt County, North Carolina, where he opened a law office in Greenville.

Mr. McLawhorn and his wife, Lisa, attend Bethany Free Will Baptist Church.  He teaches an adult Sunday School class at Bethany.

Lisa is self-employed as a financial planner, with offices in Greenville, North Carolina.

Currently, Mr. McLawhorn serves as a board member and vice president of the North Carolina Foundation for Christian Ministries and on the local advisory board for Albemarle Bank and Trust Company.  In the past, he has served as a trustee for the University of Mount Olive and a member of the boards for the Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County, the Pitt County Development Commission, the Greenville Community Shelter, the Greenville Choral Society and the Greenville Museum of Art.

He has been a guest speaker at East Carolina University, as well as a lecturer in the School of Business and the Department of Communications.  During the past 38 years, he has presented more than 200 programs to various professional organizations and civic groups.

Mr. McLawhorn has three children.  His oldest daughter is an attorney living in Norman, Oklahoma and is the chief of staff for the Oklahoma Attorney General.  His son works as assistant general counsel and corporate secretary for Samson Resources, a large natural resource company in Tulsa, Oklahoma while his youngest daughter is a graduate of North Carolina State University and currently attends Campbell University Law School.


  • New York University School of Law; 8/76 - 6/77 LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law; 8/74 - 8/76 J.D. (with Highest Honors)
  • East Carolina University; 10/65 - 2/71 A.B. in Political Science, minor in Broadcasting

Teaching Experience

  • East Carolina University, “Legal Environment of Business”
  • East Carolina University, “Legal Environment of Professional Accounting”
  • East Carolina University, “Media Law”
  • Pitt Community College, “Taxation”
  • American Institute of Banking, “Law and Banking”