Womble Carlyle attorney Jeff Hay is the latest recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s most prestigious civilian honor. North Carolina’s top elected official, Governor Pat McCrory surprised the 300 people attending the British American Business Council North Carolina’s holiday luncheon on December 4th by personally awarding Hay the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Hay is the outgoing President of the BABC North Carolina, a position he has held for the past three years, and he was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in large part for his efforts to strengthen business and cultural ties between North Carolina and the United Kingdom. BABC is the world’s largest transatlantic business network, with 23 chapters and 2,500 member companies, including many of the world's largest multinational corporations, based in major business centers throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The council promotes cross-border trade and investment between these nations, and provides global networking opportunities for its members.

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine honors North Carolinians who have given extraordinary service to the state throughout their careers. Past recipients of the honor include Charles Kuralt, Michael Jordan, Rev. Billy Graham and Maya Angelou.

Jeff Hay has more than 30 years of experience and is based in Womble Carlyle’s Charlotte office where he represents both private equity investors and US and foreign corporate clients. Hay has also served as in-house general counsel and a member of the board of a privately held consumer products company. This combination of legal and business experience has given him an understanding of corporate operational needs that allows him to help clients make informed business decisions.