John G. (Jay) Vannoy Jr.

  • Managing Partner

North Wilkesboro, North Carolina


Jay was born and raised in Wilkes County. After completing his education, he returned to Wilkes County to go into practice with his Dad and other partners. Throughout his years of practice he has been involved in many types of criminal and civil litigation. He enjoys being in the courtroom and trying cases.

While he still enjoys litigating all types of cases, the primary focus of his practice is now criminal defense. He handles all criminal cases from serious felonies to traffic offenses and has tried to jury verdict more than 70 cases. He is a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Jay Vannoy has been selected to Super Lawyers for criminal defense in North Carolina for more than ten consecutive years from 2008 through 2020.  He has also lectured on criminal defense topics and taught trial skills at Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by the UNC School of Government, NC Indigent Defense Services and the NC Bar Association. 

He has served on the Board of Directors of several local organizations. He was on the Board and served as counsel to Rainbow Center Children and Family Services for over 10 years. He served on the Board of Community Health Connection for four (4) years and is counsel to the Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation.  Currently serves on the WCC Board of Trustees of Wilkes Community College and Vice Chairman for the 2020-2021 year.

Jay is married to the former Beth Holland. They live in Wilkesboro and have two sons.  Away from the office, Jay enjoys all kinds of sports and outdoor activities including golf, and hunting.


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Violations
  • Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina
    • B.S. - 1989
    • Major: Justice and Policy

Honors and Awards

  • Order of Old Kivett
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Criminal Defense

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Twenty-Third Judicial District Bar, Member
  • Wilkes County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member


  • Phi Alpha Delta

Our attorneys take a hands-on approach to law, working with clients personally to help them achieve their legal goals. We understand that no two legal problems are alike. We will work with you personally to gain a full understanding of your situation, and to help you explore the options available to you.

The choices are yours. We will give you the information you need to make sound, informed choices about your critical legal matters.

Office Location

Vannoy, Colvard, Triplett & Vannoy, P.L.L.C.

P.O. Box 1388
922 C Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Office Phone: 336-667-7201
Fax: 336-667-0878
Secondary Fax: 336-838-7250

825 W King St.
Boone, NC 28607

Office Phone: 828-600-7576
Fax: 828-265-0441

John G. "Jay" Vannoy, Jr.
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