The Most Powerful Attorney In The World

About The Book

Jay Reeves grew up in the small town of Kingstree, South Carolina, in a small house a few blocks from the little league ballfield, the Carnegie Library and the Anderson Theater. Even closer on Main Street was the historic Robert Mills-designed courthouse.

Those elements – books, movies, baseball and the law – pop up often in The Most Powerful Attorney in the World.

For more than 35 years, the author practiced law in South Carolina and North Carolina, working variously as a trial attorney, Legal Aid lawyer, solo practitioner, corporate counsel, and insurance Vice-President and Risk Manager. Off hours, he was married with four children and dealing with the usual Stuff of Life.

At night he wrote these stories.

They first appeared in a corporate newsletter that came out each month. The stories kept coming, the months added up, the seasons passed.

And a strange and wonderful thing happened. The stories became less and less about law and legal liability, and more and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life’s lasting luminescence.

About The Author

Jay Reeves was born and raised in Kingstree, South Carolina. He practiced law in South Carolina and North Carolina for nearly 35 years. He has been a sole practitioner, Legal Aid lawyer, corporate counsel and insurance risk manager. His fiction and short stories have won awards from the NC Writer’s Network, The State Magazine, the NC State Bar Journal, Spectator Magazine, and other publications. He is married with four children and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he runs Your Law Life LLC.

Book Reviews

“I’ve enjoyed Jay’s stories for years, and each seems better than the last.  He narrates real-life experiences with a combination of witty humor, unique perspective, and exceptional insight—and never disappoints the reader.”

— Kim Shaftner, MD JD FCLM, Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine, Knott Boyle PLLC, Raleigh, NC


“I always look forward to Jay’s columns. They never disappoint. They may be funny or poignant, but always pack a punch and an important life lesson. I’m so glad this book is being published, so others will have a chance to enjoy his words of wisdom.”

— Patricia W. Nystrom, Attorney, Henderson, Nystrom, Fletcher & Tydings, PLLC, Charlotte, NC 


“Jay’s stories are quick, humorous, light-hearted reads that contain deep insights into the foibles—not just in him—but in all of us. Each story is a gentle homily without any preaching. And best of all, at the end of each story you will have both a smile and a lesson in living a full and rewarding life. The Art of Sliding, in particular, is a home run.  It touches all the aforementioned bases!”

— Kim R. Bauman, Executive Partner, Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, High Point, NC


“Jay is a talented writer with a gift of telling heartwarming stories about many subjects, especially: baseball, lawyering, North Carolinians and children. Buy his book!”

— C. David Benbow, Attorney, Benbow & Martin, PC, Statesville, NC


“I look forward to Jay Reeves’ stories and often copy them to share with others. Jay’s sense of humor has a twist, and his stories of the vagaries of life are always well told.”

— Auley (Lee) Crouch III, Attorney, Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed, LLP, Wilmington, NC


“Jay’s stories remind me of the British TV series Rumpole of the Bailey. His clients are often unpredictable, and Jay has to come up with an unexpected solution. These stories should comfort young lawyers as well as old that the difficulties they are facing are not unique.”

— Ash Pipkin, Attorney, Raleigh, NC


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