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Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Litigation, Licensing

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About Me

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 Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American, North Carolina, and Wake County bar associations, and formerly served as an officer on the North Carolina Bar Association's Criminal Justice Council.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. Licensing: 33%
  3. Litigation: 33%

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Contact Info

Po Box 1151
Raleigh, NC, 27602-1151

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCAuthorized to practice law198704/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

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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-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyTharrington Smith1987 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
North Carolina Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Wake County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

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