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 senior attorney with 18 years of practice in Mecklenburg County, Andrew has substantial knowledge and experience in criminal law. In 1992 Andrew began his law career in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney for four years. Serving in a variety of positions and on several special prosecution teams within the District Attorney's Office provided Andrew with a breadth of knowledge and insights on the complexities of the office.
Working in the District Attorney's Office provided Andrew with first hand knowledge of the difficult issues that must be addressed on a daily basis as a District Attorney in Mecklenburg County.
Following his service as an Assistant District Attorney, Andrew partnered with Joe Ledford to form Ledford & Murray, P.C. 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 fourteen person office that handled an average caseload of 4400 cases a year. Andrew focused his private practice on litigation matters affecting Charlotte and the surrounding Mecklenburg County area.
Andrew has served his country with distinction as a 30 year member of the United States Coast Guard Active and Reserve forces. Andrew enlisted in the Coast Guard upon completing high school in 1980 and has been an active member of the Coast Guard since 1980. Andrew Served 6 years on active duty as an Aviation Electronic Technician and Helicopter Flight Crewman. Upon completing 6 years of active duty, Andrew entered the Coast Guard Reserve Program, where he continued his career as a flight crewman. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in 1989, Andrew was selected for the Coast Guard Reserve Officer Candidate Program. Successfully completing the program in the summer of 1989, Andrew became a Coast Guard Commissioned Officer. He has served as a Coast Guard Officer since 1989 and presently holds the rank of Captain (O-6). Over the years, he has displayed exemplary performance in a multitude of positions, including acting as Coast Guard Sector Charleston's Senior Reserve Officer, where he is responsible for leading a 220+ member reserve force. A prior 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 graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in political science and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) School of Law.
Andrew and his family are active members of Lake Norman Baptist Church (2009-present). Previously, they were members of Hickory Grove Baptist Church from 1989 to 2009. Andrew and his wife Pam have been married for 28 years and have three children: Drew (25) a graduate of Appalachian State; Derek (19) a freshman at the University of North Carolina; Josh (17) a sophomore at Lake Norman Christian School.
Andrew also believes in active community participation. Service to our community is important in that it keeps our community together, makes us collectively stronger, and allows us to give back. Andrew has served as President/Vice-President of The Hampton's at Northcross Homeowner's Association (2000-2006). He is presently on the active Board of Lake Norman Christian School (2008-present). Lake Norman Christian is a non-denominational school that presently educates children from kindergarten through tenth grade (180+ students) with plans for expansion and growth.