Howard Cummings Joins Tharrington Smith's Criminal Defense Practice

We are pleased and excited to announce that Howard Cummings has joined the firm’s criminal defense practice, following nearly three decades of service as a Wake County District Attorney.

Licensed to practice in North Carolina in 1980, Howard was a private practice lawyer in Pitt for several years before moving to Raleigh and joining the DA’s office. During his tenure, he saw the DA’s office expand from 15 attorneys to several dozens. Through thousands of criminal matters, Howard has been known for fairness and compassion, which he displayed to victims and offenders alike. Upon his retirement from the District Attorney’s office in late 2018, Governor Roy Cooper bestowed to him fellowship in the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in recognition of his service to the state. He brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the criminal defense team at Tharrington Smith.