Our Licensed Sampson County and Duplin County Lawyers

Ludlum Law Firm attorneys have over 50 years experience handling a variety of legal issues in Duplin County, Sampson County and surrounding areas.

We are a general practice firm offering services in many areas of law including Duplin County and Sampson County traffic tickets, DWI and criminal defense. Our team of lawyers in Duplin County and Sampson are eager to assist you and answer your legal questions. Whether you need a will drafted or representation in court for a speeding ticket, Ludlum Law Firm is here to help.

J. Garrett Ludlum


Born: Wilmington, North Carolina, October 2, 1947
Practice Areas: DWI; Traffic Violations; Criminal Defense; Real Estate; Accidents; Personal Injury; Estate Administration and Planning; Local Government Law
Admitted: 1981, North Carolina
Law School: Campbell University, J.D., 1979
College: Campbell University, B.S., 1969

Duplin County (President 2016-present), Fourth Judicial District (Secretary-Treasurer, 1982-1985; Vice-President, 1992-1993; President, 1993-1994), North Carolina and American Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers; The Association of North Carolina Municipal Attorneys (Member, Board of Directors, 1985-1986); NC Bar Association Hall of Fame Inductee (2016).
J. Garrett Ludlum was born in Wilmington on Oct. 2, 1947. After completing high school at New Hanover High School, he attended Wake Forest and graduated from Campbell College in 1969. He taught 6th grade at Kenansville Elementary for one year in 1970 before entering the banking business where he worked until 1976. During this time, Garrett was also a member of the North Carolina National Guard. In 1976, he became a member of the charter class of the Campbell College School of Law. Upon completing law school and the bar exam, he moved to Warsaw in 1981 and has practiced law there ever since.

He is married to Patsy Sheffield, they have two sons, John, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Hayes, his partner in Ludlum Law Firm, P.A. He and his wife have four grandchildren.

Garrett is a general practitioner in the truest sense. He is attorney for the towns of Kenansville, Magnolia, Faison and Teachey. He is and has been an active member of the Duplin County indigent defense list throughout his career. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to real estate closings, estate planning and administration as well as civil litigation. Additionally, he is a certified Superior Court mediator. Over the course of his career, Garrett has served the Warsaw community and Duplin County in several regards. He has previously served as president of the 4th Judicial District Bar, which encompasses Duplin, Sampson, Jones, and Onslow counties. He has been an elder as well as clerk of session in Warsaw Presbyterian Church. For eight years, he volunteered to serve as athletic officer for Duplin County American Legion Post 127’s baseball program. Additionally, he has been a contributor to athletics at James Kenan High School. Lastly, he is Chairman of the board of directors of Southern Bank and Trust in Duplin County.

Garrett is a tireless worker and provides thorough and efficient representation to clients across his many practice areas. His work product reflects the time and effort he dedicates to his work as well as his legal acumen, all of which serve his clients well. Garrett truly takes pride in the work he does and is extremely proud to be a part of the legal profession. Garrett prides himself in being a mentor to young members of the Duplin County Bar. He welcomes the opportunity to mentor young lawyers regardless of the specific situation or practice area; no issue is too small.

Hayes S. Ludlum



Born: Wilmington, North Carolina, February 6, 1980
Practice Areas: Criminal Law; DWI; Traffic Violations; Accidents; Local Government Law; Personal Injury;
Admitted: 2005, North Carolina
Law School: Campbell University, J.D., 2005
College: Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., History 2002

Duplin County, 4th Judicial District (President 2008-2009; Vice-President, 2007-2008; Secretary Treasurer 2006-2007) and North Carolina Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers; Association of North Carolina Municipal Attorneys.
Hayes was born in Wilmington on February 6, 1980.  He is a 1998 graduate of James Kenan High School and 2002 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College where he majored in history and played baseball.  Hayes earned his J.D. in 2005 from Campbell University. Hayes married his wife, Emily, in 2004, they have two children, Miller and Harper Jane. Hayes enjoys jogging, fishing, duck hunting and playing golf.


In 2012, 2016 and 2017 Hayes was named a “Rising Star” by Superlawyers Magazine. Additionally, in 2012 Hayes became and remains Duplin County’s only State Bar Certified Specialist in criminal defense

Though Ludlum Law Firm is a general practice firm, 90 percent of Hayes’ practice is dedicated to criminal defense. Hayes handles all types of felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases in Duplin County and Sampson County. Hayes has served the Fourth Judicial District Bar as Vice President (2007-2008) and President (2008-2009). A small portion of Hayes’ practice is devoted to general civil litigation and municipal law. Ludlum Law Firm represents four municipalities in Duplin County.

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