Firm History

Hewlett, Collins & Allard began in 1982 as Hewlett & Collins.  Mr. Addison Hewlett, Jr., asked Mr. John Collins to be his partner.  Mr. Collins had been an Assistant District Attorney for the Fifth Prosecutorial District from 1979-1982.

  • The partnership continued until Mr. Hewlett’s passing in 1987.  Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear has named its highest award the Addison Hewlett, Jr. Pro Bono Award.
  • Mr. James “Buddy” Allard became a partner in the firm in December, 1989.  He and Mr. Collins have been partners for over 22 years.
  • Mr. Matt Collins joined the firm as an associate in September of 2010.
  • The firm specializes in the defense of Criminal Cases and Traffic Violations.  The firm has been located at 515 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC, since 1984 and moved to 110 N. 5th Ave in October of 2020.