Ditz Edwards & Beam in Shelby, NC, has a top-notch team of attorneys working hard to resolve every client’s case in a satisfactory manner.
Paul J. Ditz
Paul was born in Syracuse, NY, the youngest of seven children born to John and Virginia Ditz. He attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. After moving to and working in the Washington, DC area for a year, Paul moved to North Carolina to attend the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1994. He graduated from Wake Forest in 1997 with a Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar later that same year.
After passing the bar, Paul moved to Shelby to begin his career practicing law. In 1998, he began work at the firm that would later become Flowers, Martin, Moore & Ditz, P.A., practicing law with Fred Flowers, Tom Martin, and Tim Moore. Paul eventually became a full partner at FMMD and practiced with his partners there for 12 years focusing on criminal defense, Social Security disability, civil litigation, and business law.
In 2009, Paul decided to shift his career, leaving private practice and accepting a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the 27-B Prosecutorial District covering Cleveland and Lincoln Counties. In his four and a half years with the DA’s office, Paul handled mostly violent felonies including armed robberies, serious assaults, murder cases, and offenses involving defendants who were certified as gang members. In his time as an Assistant District Attorney, Paul tried dozens of jury trials, gaining an invaluable insight into the process by which criminal trials are approached by the State.
In late 2013, Paul re-entered private practice forming his own firm, the Law Office of Paul J. Ditz, PLLC. Immediately he put his experience to work on behalf of his clients successfully defending clients charged with serious felonies, drug offenses, and gang related offenses. Paul’s clients benefit from his insight gained as a prosecutor and his extensive history of trying cases before a jury both as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
Paul, along with his colleagues at Ditz Edwards & Beam have a strong commitment to serving their community. Paul is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Adventure House. Paul was a long-time member of the Cleveland County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council both as a representative of the defense bar and the District Attorney’s office. Paul is also a past member of the board of directors of both the Abuse Prevention Council, and the Cleveland County Arts Council, and a past member of the Cleveland County Planning Board. In addition to his involvement with various non-profit boards and community groups, Paul is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Shelby, North Carolina, currently serving as a member of its Vestry. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Diocese of Western North Carolina of the Episcopal Church.
Paul focuses in the areas of Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, and Business Law.
H. Jamaal Edwards
Jamaal Edwards is a Cleveland County native, the youngest of two children born to Howard and Elizabeth “Queen” Edwards. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with Highest Honors in 2004. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2007 from Wake Forest University.
Rather than pursuing a legal career immediately, Jamaal instead followed the calling of the Ministry. In 2006, while still in law school in Winston-Salem, he was called as Pastor of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Forest City, NC, a position he still holds today. In addition to his work as an ordained minister, Jamaal has taught classes in both religion and law at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, and Cleveland Community College in Shelby. In 2014, Jamaal was awarded a Masters in Divinity Degree from Gardner-Webb’s School of Divinity.
In 2014, Jamaal studied for the Bar Examination and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar. He opened the H. J. Edwards Law Firm. During this time, Jamaal shared office space with his mentor, the legendary Cleveland County Attorney John Church. In 2015, after Mr. Church retired, Jamaal along with Paul Ditz and Lacey Beam began the law firm Ditz Edwards & Beam.
Jamaal practices in the areas of Wills and Estates, Personal Injury Litigation, Social Security Disability, Real Estate, and Criminal Defense.
Lacey is the oldest of two children of Gary and Vickie Beam. A Cleveland County native, Lacey graduated from Kings Mountain High School.
She graduated in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dual degree in History and Sports Science.
She graduated from Charlotte School of Law in 2013 and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar the same year.
While at UNC, Lacey worked with the Durham Bulls baseball team as well as the UNC Athletic Department. She was a longtime employee of the Gaston County YMCA first as a lifeguard and later as a trainer and CPR instructor.
Lacey is a member of the Cleveland County Arts Council Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Shelby Rotary Club.
Lacey’s practice focuses on Criminal Defense and Domestic and Family Law.