About the DA
On January 1, 2011, R. Andrew Murray was sworn as the elected District Attorney for the 26th Prosecutorial District of North Carolina. The 26th District includes all of Mecklenburg County, including the municipalities of Charlotte, Mint Hill, Matthews, Pineville, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. A 30-year United States Coast Guardsman and a senior attorney with 22 years of practice in Mecklenburg County, Andrew has substantial knowledge and experience in leadership and criminal law.
Andrew has been an active member of the Coast Guard since he enlisted in 1980, when he completed high school. Andrew served six years on active duty as an aviation electronic technician and helicopter flight crewman. After his active duty service, Andrew attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in political science. He then received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
In 1992, Andrew began his law career in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, where he served as an Assistant District Attorney, working on several special prosecution teams. Doing so provided Andrew with a breadth of knowledge and insight on the complexities of the office, as well as firsthand knowledge of the difficult issues that must be addressed on a daily basis as the District Attorney in Mecklenburg County.
Following his service as an Assistant District Attorney, Andrew formed a two-person firm with an experienced attorney and focused his practice on criminal law. Three years later, Andrew joined the firm of Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine, Murray & Green, PA. as an equity partner and later as a managing partner. As managing partner, Andrew successfully led a 14-person office that handled an average caseload of 4,400 cases per year. Andrew focused his private practice on litigation matters affecting Charlotte and the surrounding Mecklenburg County area.
Throughout his career as an attorney, Andrew has continued to serve his country through the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in 1989, Andrew was selected for the Coast Guard Reserve Officer Candidate Program. Successfully completing the program that year, Andrew became a commissioned officer. He has served as a Coast Guard officer since 1989, and he currently holds the rank of Captain (O-6) and the position of Senior Reserve Officer for the Coast Guard sectors located on the western rivers. Over the years, he has displayed exemplary performance in a multitude of positions, including acting as Coast Guard Sector Charleston's Senior Reserve Officer. In this role, he was responsible for leading a reserve force of more than 220 members. Another assignment was in Washington, D.C., where he served as a Senior Analyst with the Coast Guard Department of Counter Terrorism and Defense Strategies. Andrew maintains a top secret clearance.
Andrew and his family are active members of Lake Norman Baptist Church (2009-present). Andrew and his wife, Pam, have been married for 28 years and have three children: Drew, Derek and Josh.