Ayana Parker prides herself on her client-first mentality. She enjoys analyzing legal problems from many angles to find the best solution for her clients.

As a young girl, Ayana saw few black women in non-homemaking roles. She idolized the character of Clair Huxtable, an African American character in the Cosby Show who was a successful attorney, wife, and mother. This inspiration led her to set her sights on a career in law and she never looked back.

During law school, Ayana served the Race & Social Justice Law Review as the Writing Competitions Editor and Articles Submission Editor. She received the Black Law Students Association Student of the Year award three times and received the HOPE Commitment Community Service Award.

Before joining Hedrick Gardner, Ayana served as a summer associate at a firm in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. She completed two clerkships and served as a Research Assistant during law school.

A dancer for most of her life, Ayana continues to enjoy practicing dance. Otherwise, you will likely find her watching sports. College football is her favorite, but she also enjoys the NFL, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, cheerleading, and baseball. If there is no game on, she enjoys playing with her dog, spending time with her mother, or traveling.

Experience and Involvement


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation
    • Young Lawyers Division Committee
    • McMillan Committee
  • University of Miami School of Law
    • University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review, Writing Competition Editor
    • Student Bar Association
      • American Bar Association Representative, 2019-20
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
      • Justice, 2018-19
    • Black Law Students Association
      • Vice-President, 2018-19
      • 1L Representative Chair, 2017-18
    • Miami Law Ambassador
    • The Honor Society of Bar and Gavel


  • University of Miami School of Law
    • Dean’s Merit Scholarship Recipient
    • Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association Book Award