Federal Defense Lawyer Jay-Ferguson
B.S., 1986, Appalachian State University; J.D., 1989, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Moot Court; Law Review); LL.M. (Master of Laws in Litigation), 1990, Emory University.
Jay has practiced law in North Carolina since 1990, navigating clients through all aspects of litigation in both state and federal court. Throughout his career, Jay has been a staunch advocate for people in need of help, whether they are landowners whose property is in jeopardy of condemnation, or people accused of crimes.
Areas of Practice
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Honors and Awards
Jay has been voted by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” (eminent domain/land condemnation) which is considered to be a singular honor conferred on a lawyer by his peers. He also was selected as a “Best Lawyer in North Carolina” (eminent domain/land condemnation) by NC Magazine, is considered one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina magazine (criminal defense), named a Top 10 Attorney by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and was named to the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina” by the American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2014, he was named ‘Lawyer of the Year for Eminent Domain (Raleigh/Durham). Jay is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (personal injury), one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. He was honored by North Carolina’s Super Lawyers® Magazine. Only 5% of the state’s lawyers are named by Super Lawyers®. He also has the highest peer rating available for legal skills and ethics (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named the ACLU-NC Paul Green Award winner for his work on death penalty defense.
Professional Activities
Jay is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of North Carolina, the United States District Court for the Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Jay is a frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education seminars throughout North Carolina, training other attorneys in many areas of litigation, including eminent domain, criminal defense, personal injury and legal ethics. He is actively engaged in efforts to abolish the death penalty with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and the North Carolina Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.​
Extensive Litigation Experience
Jay H. Ferguson's over three decades of legal practice in North Carolina equip him with a profound understanding of litigation intricacies, ensuring adept handling of diverse legal challenges with seasoned expertise.
Compassionate Advocacy
Jay is not just a lawyer but a dedicated advocate who stands by individuals in their toughest times, whether they face property condemnation or criminal accusations, demonstrating unwavering support and commitment to their rights and well-being.
Proven Excellence and Trustworthiness
Jay Ferguson's recognition as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" and other prestigious awards underscores his consistent delivery of top-notch legal services and his clients' trust in his abilities to achieve favorable outcomes.
Commitment to Knowledge and Social Justice
Jay's active involvement in legal education seminars and efforts to address societal issues like the death penalty not only showcases his dedication to continuous learning but also highlights his broader commitment to promoting justice and equity in society.
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