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Melissa Hill

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Melissa Hill is a native of  Asheville, North Carolina. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984. She also attended law school at UNC,  where she was admitted to the Order of the Coif, was on the North Carolina Law Review and received her J.D. with honors in 1987.


Ms. Hill  is the author of Tennessee v. Garner - The Use of Deadly Force to  Arrest as an Unreasonable Search and Seizure, 65 N.C.L. Rev. 155 (1986);  and Branch Banking & Trust Company v. Wright - Creditors  Rights to Entireties Property Awarded to Nondebtor Spouse Upon Divorce,  64 N.C.L. Rev. 1471 (1986).


Ms. Hill joined Tharrington Smith in 1987 and practices criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts  in North Carolina as well as in other states.  She has earned the top rating (AV®) in Martindale Hubbell. She is a member of the  North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, and the American, North Carolina, and Wake County bar associations. She formerly served on the North Carolina Bar Association's Criminal Justice Council as a member, secretary and vice-president.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
  2. Litigation: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Daphne D. Edwards

    I highly recommend Melissa Hill for any criminal defense matter. Melissa is a smart, dedicated, and tough attorney who is committed to her clients. She knows the system and is a tough negotiator. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

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    Daphne Edwards Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact Info

Po Box 1151
Raleigh, NC, 27602-1151

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive198707/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyTharrington Smith1987 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Carolina Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Section Council Vice President2002 - 2003
North Carolina Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Section Council Member1999 - 2001
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember1997 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Section Council Secretary1997 - 2001
North Carolina Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Section Council Member1995 - 1998
North Carolina Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Section Council Officer1992 - 1995
Wake County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersMember1987 - 1992

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
65 N.C.L. Rev. 155Tennessee v. Garner - The Use of Deadly Force to Arrest as an Unreasonable Search and Seizure1986
64 N.C.L. Rev. 1471Branch Banking & Trust Company v. Wright - Creditors Rights to Entireties Property Awarded to Nondebtor Spouse Upon Divorce1986

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD1987
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillN/ABA1984