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Ernest Clarke Dummit

Ernest Clarke Dummit

also known as Clarke Dummit

 This lawyer has been disciplined by a state licensing authority.

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

I have enjoyed hard battles in the courtroom for more than 30 years.  On May 13th 2015 I celebrated 30 years since I won my first jury trial in federal court.  I routinely represents clients with issues varying from family law and divorce questions to criminal Jury trials.   I have litigated for victims in cases ranging from simple auto negligence to medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.


 


I have enjoyed focusing our Firm on actual courtroom litigation for 30 years so we can settle without trial when possible, but we are always ready willing and able to litigate each case to the fullest.  I have had extensive experience in district and superior courts, and in both State and Federal Courts.  I know that the best way to resolve a case without litigation is to be prepared and come with the reputation that you try cases to the fullest conclusion.  My grandfather taught me the phrase: “Walk softly but carry a big stick;” or as Ronald Reagan taught us all: “Peace through strength!” (on our website you can find a picture of a very young Clarke Dummit (1980) working on the campaign trail with then Governor Reagan.)


 


 


I have enjoyed staying ahead and on the cutting edge of legal issues teaching dozens of seminars to other attorneys on civil and criminal litigation. I have taught CLE seminars for The North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Wake Forest University and NBI related to the latest defenses, scientific literature, case law, and legal treatises in a wide variety of legal issues.  I have been asked to appear as a commentator for News Channel 12 on legal issues and has taught cross-examination of law enforcement at a seminar in California.


 


After I received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1983, and a J.D. from Wake Forest School of Law in 1986, I went on to found and run several business and develop real-estate prior to founding Dummit Fradin. My years as an entrepreneur have helped me advise many clients going through divorces regarding the methods of valuing businesses and searching for hidden income through forensic accounting.  I am very proud to be honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps; although the time I served our country was brief, being trained as a Marine changed my life more than any single event.   


 


Today, in addition to litigating cases, I enjoy teaching and supervising 12 lawyers in our Firm in 4 offices across the State.  We have developed a team approach which I learned in the Marines.  We are only as strong as our weakest link, so we continue to find and recruit the best and the brightest.  Our coordinated team approach to our litigation gives our clients access to great resources across the State. 


 


 


I welcome a chance to meet and discuss your legal issue and see if our team is the best fit for you.    

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    29 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    29 years, 4 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-500/hour), Contingent (25-45%), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

21 total 

  • Gavin B. Routt

    I worked for Clarke right after I graduated from law school. He taught me a great deal about the practice of law and he is without question the best DWI lawyer I've ever seen.

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    Gavin Routt Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Frederick Bertrand Adams II

    I have known Clarke for several years. He is a highly skilled DWI attorney, and he zealously advocates on behalf of his clients. I have seen him try many cases, and he does a great job for his clients.

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    Frederick Adams Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

DummitFradin - Winston-Salem

1133 W 1st St
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-3611

DummitFradin

820 North Elm Street
High Point, NC, 27262

DummitFradin - Greensboro

412 W. Market Street
Greensboro, NC, 27401

DummitFradin - Charlotte

321 West 11th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28202

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive198607/05/2015
GAResigned Dues Deficient198608/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure
    issued in NC, 2008

    updated

    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

  2. Censure
    issued in NC, 1999

    updated

    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

  3. Reprimand
    issued in NC, 1994

    updated

    Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
ModeratorModerator for the NCAJ DWI Seminar2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial AttorneyDummitFradin1986 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/A2003 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
St. v. Veazey1, 191 N.C.App. 181 (2008)Remanded to Trial level
St. v. Veazey2, 689 S.E.2d 530 (2009)Remanded to Trial level

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Advanced Trial TacticsVOIR DIRE AND JURY SELECTION STRATEGIES2012
Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to KnowEXPERT REPORTS AND SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE2011
The Criminal Defense Trial From Start to FinishCross Examination2010
Marketing Your Legal PracticeImplementing the Plan2008
Marketing For Your PracticeThe Art of Rainmaking2007

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Vanderbilt UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1983

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
"Basics of DWI"Motions Practice2013
First Annual Masters in DWIDWI - Complex Sentencing Issues2012
Advanced Trial TacticsEFFECTIVE EXHIBITS AND COURTROOM TECHNOLOGY2012
Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to KnowETHICS2011
The Criminal Defense Trial From Start to FinishCross Examination2010
Essential Law Practice ManagementEssential Law Practice Management2010
A Litigation Paralegal's Guide to Case ManagementLegal research2009
Marketing Your Legal PracticeImplementing the Plan2008
Automobile Cases From Start to FinishA Paralegal Perspective2008
The Criminal Defense Trial From Start to FinishGuerilla Cross-Examination2007
Marketing For Your PracticeThe Art of Rainmaking2007
The Criminal Defense Trial From Start to FinishVoir Dire2006
Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and AnswersTrial preparation2006
The Criminal Trial From Start to Finish in North Carolina: The DefenseAdvanced Trial Strategies2005
Plaintiff's Personal Injury From Start to Finish in North CarolinaPreparing the Demand Package2005
Overcoming Your Fears: Utilizing Technology in LitigationComputers in Court2004
The Criminal Trial From Start to Finish in North CarolinaVoir Dire2003
The Criminal Trial From Start to Finish in North CarolinaExpert Testimony2001