At Hedrick Gardner, William Whitehead is realizing his lifelong dream of being a lawyer. Even as a ninth grader, he reasoned that a law career would provide a pathway for him to better his community through politics.

“I wanted to be a politician in order to enact change, and I knew that being an attorney would be the best way to achieve that goal,” he says. “I guess you could say I’ve always wanted to be an attorney and that never has and never will change.”

The Bachelor of Science degree he earned from East Carolina University helped pave the way to fulfilling his goal and gave him the distinction of being the first person in his family to graduate from a four-year college. He majored in political science and minored in English.

William went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Elon University School of Law and while in law school, he interned for the City of Greensboro and the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office. He also served as a clerk for Judge David W. Daniels.

Today, his practice focuses on civil litigation.

Will, who was born and raised in Wilson, is firmly rooted in Eastern North Carolina, and holds tight to the values his neighbors and family instilled in him during his growing up years. He loves to write, and while he regularly turns his talent to non-fiction, he currently has a novel in the works.

Will enjoys spending most of his non-working hours playing with his energetic golden retriever Riggins. He also harbors a lifelong love of baseball and is thrilled that the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series. He played outfield for three years at North Carolina Wesleyan College and walked on at East Carolina. He acknowledges baseball has taught him what it takes to be part of a winning team and has illustrated the hard work and dedication you need to get where you want to go in life.

Experience and Involvement


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys