Ty Hands

District Court Judge District 26 (Hands)

Ty Hands


Legal Experience:


Mecklenburg County District Court Judge (March 2009 - December 2010; March 2011 - present) - appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue.



Clerkship, Chief Justice Frye, North Carolina Supreme Court;

Clerkship, Justice Becker, Nevada Supreme Court;

Associate, Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore, Charlotte - complex commercial litigation (firm became Helms Mulliss & Wicker and is now McGuire Woods);

Associate, The Dummit Law Firm, Winston-Salem  - personal injury, workers compensation and district court criminal cases;

Founder/Partner, Baker & Blake LLP, Charlotte - general district court practice;

Partner, Hands Law Office, Charlotte - general district court practice.


Bar and Court Admissions:

North Carolina State Bar (1999);

Western District of North Carolina Bar (2001);

United States Supreme Court (2004



Winston-Salem State University, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude;

University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill School of Law, Juris Doctor;

Forester Instituto Internacional, (Costa Rica), fluent in Spanish


Professional Involvement:

·         Member, Rotary of Charlotte

·         Member, Bar Leadership Institute committee

·         NC Association of Women Attorneys

·         North Carolina Bar Association Member

·         Former Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors Member

·         North Carolina Bar Association, Pathways to Leadership Scholar, 2008

·         Bar 2010 Committee, 2006-08 " John S. Leary, Jr. Bar Assoc., 2007 Chair

·         Student Defense Project, Volunteer

·         Lawyer Referral Service, 2006-07 Chair

·         Bar Leadership Institute, 2006 Graduate

·         Student Defense Project Scales of Justice Award: 2006 Law Firm of the Year

·         Mecklenburg County Bar Association 2007 Small Firm Pro Bono Award


Civic and Community Involvement:

·         2012 Women of Justice Award winner (Lawyers Weekly) " Winston-Salem State University Board of Visitors Member since 2008

·         Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Member since 2006

·         The International House Board of Directors/ Advisory Board member since 2005

·         Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer 1994-2010

·         Charlotte-Mecklenburg Domestic Violence Advisory Board, 2006-08

·         Mecklenburg County Bar Lunch with a Lawyer program Volunteer, 2007-09

·         2007 Woman of the Year, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Western North Carolina Chapter

·         North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service Graduate, 2008

·         Fellowship Home Board of Directors Member, 2004-08

·         NAACP Lifetime Member

·          Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated


Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position:                        

I am the best candidate for the Hands seat because of my proven experience.  After two Supreme Court clerkships, I practiced law for a large and small firm before I opened my own law firm.  Before I became a judge, I practiced law in every area of district court and appeared in state and federal court in over fifteen counties on a daily basis.  I have a commitment to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community from volunteering countless hours on domestic violence initiatives and boards and mentoring law students and young attorneys to serving on bar committees and boards. As a sitting district court judge, I have presided over thousands of district court cases.  It is proven experience because I maintain a solid reputation for making knowledgeable and impartial decisions. My hard work and service are further exemplified by being the second-highest rated judge in Mecklenburg County in the NCBA judicial performance evaluation.


Campaign telephone number:  704-353-5000                                                                                       


Campaign email address:  info@judgehands.com                                                                                


Campaign web site:  www.judgehands.com