Andrew C. Buckner
Litigator, Certified Superior Court Mediator

Practice Focus: Mediation and Dispute Resolution, General Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Commercial and Business Litigation, Creditor Rights and Debt Collection, Personal Injury, Appellate Representation

Andrew C. (“Andy”) Buckner’s practice focuses in the areas of mediation, appellate representation, and all areas of civil litigation, including disputes relating to construction, business, real estate, debt collection and personal injury. He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, and is certified as a Superior Court Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.

Andy was born and raised in Sylva. He graduated cum laude from Morehead State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music Education and returned to Sylva as the band director at Smoky Mountain High School. Andy left teaching to go to law school and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1999, where he served as an associate editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and was elected to The Order of the Coif, an honor society for law school graduates.

Having practiced with large law firms in Winston-Salem and Raleigh, and as a former partner in Coward, Hicks, & Siler, Andy brings a unique perspective to each of his client’s needs. He has represented individuals and companies in a very broad range of cases ranging from boundary line disputes to multi-million dollar fraud claims. Andy views each case as a valuable opportunity to assist clients by providing accurate and thoughtful legal advice, exploring possible resolutions, and if necessary, fighting for their rights in court.

Andy returned to Coward, Hicks & Siler in 2016, after practicing in Raleigh for five years in the areas of legal and medical malpractice, complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy. During this time, he also taught legal research and writing for the paralegal program at Meredith College. His time in Raleigh led to him meeting and marrying his wife Shelli, who is also an attorney here in Sylva. Andy is thrilled to be back in his hometown and practicing again with Coward, Hicks & Siler.

Andy has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1999. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the 30th Judicial District Bar.

Office: Sylva | Phone: 828-586-2147 | Facsimile: 828-586-2605 | Email:

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Morehead State University

  • Bachelor of Music Education., cum laude, 1992

University of Kentucky School of Law

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 1999
  • Elected to the Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor, Kentucky Law Journal
  • Member, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team


  • North Carolina State Bar 1999
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation


COWARD, HICKS & SILER, PA, Sylva, North Carolina, 2005-2010 and 2016-present

YATES, MCLAMB & WEYHER, L.L.P., Raleigh, North Carolina (2011 – 2016)

RAGSDALE LIGGETT PLLC, Raleigh, North Carolina (2001 – 2005)

WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE PLLC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1999 – 2001)


Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, Paralegal Program, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina (2011)

Director of Bands, Smoky Mountain High School, Sylva, North Carolina (1992 – 1996)


  • North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”, 2009
  • Certified Superior Court Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission


  • North Carolina State Bar, Member, since 1999
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, since 1999
  • American Bar Association, Member, since 1999
  • 30th Judicial District Bar, Member, 2005-2010; 2016-present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Member, 2001-2005; 2011-2015
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member, 2001-2005; 2010-2015
  • Defense Research Institute, Member 2001-2005; 2011-2016
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys,, Member 2001-2005; 2011-2016


  • Full Spectrum Farms, Inc., Cullowhee, North Carolina, Director, 2006-2010
  • Sylva Rotary Club, Member, 2005-2010
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Carolina, Director & Legal Counsel, 2003-2005


  • Wright v. WakeMed, 767 S.E.2d 408 (N.C. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Nicholson v. Thom, 773 S.E.2nd 762 (N.C. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Bryant/Sutphin Properties, LLC v. Hale, 233 N.C. App. 598, 758 S.E.2d 902 (2014)
  • Estate of Williams ex rel. Overton v. Pasquotank County Parks & Recreation Dept., 366 N.C. 195, 732 S.E.2d 137 (2012)
  • Hanson v. Legasus of North Carolina, 205 N.C. App. 296, 695 S.E.2d 499 (2010)
  • Jones v. Coward, 193 N.C. App. 231, 666 S.E.2d 877 (2008)
  • Harris v. Tri-Arc Food Systems, Inc., 165 N.C. App. 495, 598 S.E.2d 644 (2004)
  • Universal Underwriters Company v. Baker, 158 N.C. App. 747, 582 S.E.2d 82 (2003)
  • Oakley v. Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc., 154 N.C. App. 742, 572 S.E.2d 874 (2002)
  • Vares v. Vares, 154 N.C. App. 83, 571 S.E.2d 612 (2002)
  • Sellers v. Rodriguez, 149 N.C. App. 619, 561 S.E.2d 336 (2002)
  • Multimedia Publishing of North Carolina v. Henderson County, 145 N.C. App. 365, 550 S.E.2d 846 (2001)


  • Julian v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2012 NCBC 30, 2012 WL 1857611 (N.C.Super. 2012)
  • Frazier v. Angel Medical Center, 308 F.Supp.2d 671 (W.D.N.C. 2004)

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    705 W. Main Street
    Sylva, NC 28779
    Phone: 828-586-2147
    Facsimile: 828-586-2605


    211 Cashiers School Road
    P.O. Box 1918
    Cashiers, NC 28717
    Phone: 828-743-2401
    Facsimile: 828-743-2403


    43 West Main Street
    Franklin, NC 28734
    Phone: ]828-524-6475
    Facsimile: 828-524-9833