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Maitri Klinkosum

Maitri Klinkosum

also known as Mike Klinkosum

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Violent Crime, White Collar Crime

About Me

A good lawyer represents clients; a great lawyer fights for people.  With nearly 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, Mike Klinkosum has fought for thousands of people; from those charged with minor infractions to those charged with capital murder.  Mike's philosophy is that everyone who stands accused of a crime deserves to have a lawyer who will wage war to protect them.


 


Mike Klinkosum is a member of the law firm of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He has been certified as a Specialist in State Criminal Law by the NC Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2004 and as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2007.  Mike's practice focuses exclusively on criminal defense at the trial, appellate, and post-conviction levels in both State and Federal courts.


 


Mike obtained his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1992) and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law (1995). He began his career as an Assistant Public Defender in the State of Illinois, first with the Office of the Kane County Public Defender in St. Charles and then with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago. In 1998, he returned to Wilkesboro,NC and entered private practice. In 2002, Mike joined North Carolina’s Office of the Capital Defender, where his work focused exclusively on death penalty trials. He joined the Wake County Public Defender’s Office in 2007, where he worked in the felony unit of that office handling major felony cases until he joined Cheshire, Parker, Schneider, Bryan & Vitale in June, 2010.  In January 2015, he joined the law offices of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC.


 


In October, 2007, Mike, along with his co-counsel, Kelley DeAngelus, were successful in obtaining the freedom for Floyd Brown, a mentally retarded man from Anson County, NC who had been wrongfully charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery and who was confined to a state mental institution for 14 years due to his incapacity to stand trial. For their successful four-year legal battle, in 2008, Mike and Kelley were awarded the ACLU of North Carolina Award, as well as the Kellie Crabtree Award, presented by the NC Advocates for Justice.


 


On February 17, 2010, Mike, along with attorney Joe Cheshire, and Christine Mumma of the NC Center on Actual Innocence won the freedom of Gregory F. Taylor, who had been wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder and incarcerated for 16 years. Mike and the team won a declaration of innocence from a three-judge panel convened via the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission. It is believed that the three-judge panel’s ruling is the first time in U.S. legal history that a court of law has declared a person “innocent” of the crimes with which he/she was convicted.


 


In June, 2010, Mike was again awarded the Kellie Crabtree Award by the NC Advocates for Justice for his work in the Gregory Taylor case, thus achieving the distinction of being the only attorney to have received the Kellie Crabtree Award more than once.  The cases of Floyd Brown and Gregory Taylor were featured in the CNN Presents documentary “Rogue Justice,” which aired in January, 2011 and Gregory Taylor's case was the subject of a documentary, "6,149 Days:   The True Story of Greg Taylor," which aired on WRALTV in April, 2012.  The WRAL documentary can be viewed at WRAL.com.


 


Mike constantly strives to become better at defending people accused of crimes and he does this by both attending and teaching at continuing legal education seminars in North Carolina and around the U.S.  Mike has served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Government’s NC Defender Trial School, the NC New Felony Defender Program, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Southeastern Regional Trial Skills program, and has presented at numerous lectures and seminars on topics relating to criminal defense and criminal trials throughout the State of North Carolina.  In May, 2011, the North Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense Services presented Mike with The Professor John H. Rubin Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Indigent Defense Training Programs


 


As a criminal defense attorney, Mike has also fought for the accused through professional organizations and the legislative process.  Hehas served two terms as Chair of the Criminal Defense Section (2004 – 2006) of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) and was a member of that association’s Board of Governors from 2004 to 2007.Due to his work with the forensic science issues in the case of State v. Gregory F. Taylor, Mike was asked by the NCAJ to chair the NCAJ SBI Crime Lab Task Force, a position which he held from 2010 to 2011.He has worked with NCAJ to lobby the North Carolina General Assembly for increased funding for the Office of Indigent Defense Services and for discovery reform.Mike has also served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Law Enforcement/Prosecutorial Misconduct of the NACDL.


 


Mike has authored several articles on criminal defense related topics for both state and national publications.  He is also the author of the North Carolina Criminal Defense Motions Manual, a 700 plus page manual, published by LEXIS and the NC Advocates for Justice, which is now in its 2nd Edition.


 


 


 


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    20 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Violent Crime: 30%
  3. White Collar Crime: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($200-300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Kevin Matthew Marcilliat

    I endorse Mike Klinkosum without reservation. Mike is widely regarded as one of the very best criminal defense attorneys in North Carolina, and he is deserving of that reputation.

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    Kevin Marcilliat Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dewey Powell Brinkley

    Mike exhibits his unparalleled excellence every time he steps in the courtroom. I admire the breadth of his knowledge.

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    Dewey Brinkley Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC

127 W. Hargett St., Suite 705
Raleigh, NC, 27601

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCAuthorized to practice law199806/07/2015
ILVoluntarily Inactive199505/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North CarolinaThe National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North CarolinaThe American Society of Legal Advocates2013
North Carolina Super Lawyers - Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Legal Elite - Criminal DefenseBusiness North Carolina Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North CarolinaThe National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers2012
North Carolina Super Lawyers - Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Legal Elite - Criminal DefenseBusiness North Carolina Magazine2012
John Rubin Award for Extraordinary Contributions to IDS TrainingNC Indigent Defense Services Commission2011
Kellie Crabtree Award (For State v. Gregory F. Taylor)North Carolina Advocates for Justice2010
North Carolina Rising Stars - Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
ACLU of North Carolina Award (For State v. Floyd Lee Brown)American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina2008
Kellie Crabtree Award (For State v. Floyd Lee Brown)North Carolina Advocates for Justice2008
Ebbie AwardNorth Carolina Advocates for Justice2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at LawCheshire, Parker, Schneider, & Bryan, P.L.L.C.2010 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender - Wake County2007 - 2010
Assistant Capital DefenderOffice of the Capital Defender of North Carolina2002 - 2007
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Mike Klinkosum2000 - 2002
Attorney at LawVannoy, Colvard, Triplett & Vannoy, P.L.L.C.1999 - 2000
Attorney at lawWillardson, Lipscomb & Beal, L.L.P.1997 - 1999
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Cook County Public Defender (Chicago, IL)1996 - 1997
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Kane County Public Defender (St. Charles, IL)1995 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersN/A2007 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
10th Judicial District Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionN/A2000 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ)N/A1999 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)N/A1994 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of North Carolina vs. A.A.Not guilty on all counts.
State of North Carolina vs. S.N.Not guilty on all counts after three day jury trial
State of North Carolina vs. P.F.Not guilty on all counts.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Champion (Publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) Vol. XXXVII No. 4Pursuing Discovery in Criminal Cases: Forcing Open the Prosecution's Files2013
LexisNexis publicationNorth Carolina Criminal Defense Motions Manual, 2nd Edition2012
The Champion (Publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) Vol. XXXV, No. 4State v. Taylor and the NC State Bureau of Investigation Lab Scandal2011
The True Bill (NC State Bar Assoc. Criminal Justice Section), Vol. 30, No. 1State v. Gregory F. Taylor and Law Enforcement Misconduct in the NC SBI Crime Laboratory2010
LexisNexis publicationNorth Carolina Criminal Defense Motion Manual-1st Ed.2008
NC State Bar Journal - Summer, 2006 (Co-authored with Bradley J. Bannon)Brady v. Maryland and Its Legacy - Forging a Path for Disclosure2006
Trial Briefs (NCAJ); February, 2005 (Co-authored with Bradley J. Bannon)Advocating for Those Left Behind: The Need for Discovery Reform in Non-Capital Post-Conviction Cases2005
Trial Briefs (NCAJ)Piercing the Rape Shield: The Confrontation Clause and Rule 412 in Sex Offense Cases2003
Trial Briefs (NCAJ)Discovery in Criminal Cases: A Need for Reform2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1995
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillPolitical Science & HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NC Advocates for Justice - Examination of Forensic Experts in Criminal CasesOrganization & Communication of Complex Information2013
NC Advocates for Justice - Criminal Defense A-Z: What Every Practitioner Needs to KnowPursuing Discovery in District & Superior Court2012
NACDL 2012 Forensic Science Seminar - Making Sense of Science VState of NC v. Gregory Taylor: A Case Study2012
Mississippi Public Defenders ConferenceCommon Trial Issues2011
Confronting the Science: Challenging Unreliable Forensic EvidenceUpdate on the NC State Bureau of Investigation2011
NC Public Defenders Association ConferenceThe Duty of a Lawyer When a Client's Competency is In Question2010
NC Defender Trial SchoolDefense Opening Statements - Winning Your Case With Your First Words2010
Motions in Criminal Cases: New Approaches to Zealous RepresentationDiscovery Motions in District Court: Yes, Brady Applies in District Court2010
2010 Regional Training for Criminal Defenders I: Trial PreparationDeveloping an Investigation and Discovery Plan2010
Superior Court from Start to FinishDiscovery in Criminal Cases2009
NC New Felony Defender ProgramGetting Started: Developing an Investigation & Discovery Plan2009
NC Civil Commitment ConferenceWorking with Experts2009
Prosecutorial Discretion: Authority and Accountability, A SymposiumDiscretion and Discovery2008
NC Public Defenders Association Spring ConferenceCapacity to Proceed: How to Get Your Client Evaluated2008
NC New Felony Defender ProgramGetting Started: Developing an Investigation & Discvoery Plan2008
NC Advocates for Justice - Program ChairpersonRepresenting Clients with Mental Disabilities in Criminal Cases2008
NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Death Penalty Defense ConferenceState v. Floyd Brown: Law Enforcement Corruption, Actual Innocence, & Breathing Life Into Jackson v. Indiana2008
NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionCriminal Law Update2008
Combating Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Cases of Floyd Brown, Leslie Lincoln, & Tulia TexasThe Case of Floyd Brown2008
NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Death Penalty Defense ConferenceDeath Penalty Defense - Program Chair2007
NC Public Defender Association ConferenceGetting Police Personnel Records2006
NC Public Defender Association Fall ConferenceDoes Your Client Really Want In?: Incompetency, Insanity, and Involuntary Commitment2005
NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Death Penalty Defense ConferenceCreative Motions: How to Use Pre-Trial Motions to Change the Complexion of Your Case2005
Helpling Parents Help Themselves in Changing CourtsThat Bad Feeling in Your Gut: Ethical Dilemmas Faced by Counsel in Chapter 7B Proceedings2005
NC Public Defender Association Spring ConferenceDiscovery Lessons from Darryl Hunt and Other Cases2004
Defending Parents in DSS Cases: Balancing the ScalesDiscovery: Using the Civil and Criminal Rules of Discovery in DSS Cases2004
Defending Parents in DSS Cases: Balancing the ScalesConstitutional Defenses in DSS Cases2004
30th District Criminal Bar MeetingUsing the New Discovery Statute to Your Client's Advantage2004
NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionTaking Off the Gloves: Fighting for Discovery in Criminal Cases2003
National Institute for Trial Advocacy Capital TrainingRepresenting the Accused in a Capital Trial2003
Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association - SeminarPre-Trial Motions in Criminal Cases - Capital Cases2003