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     Attorney Todd Gonyer focuses his practice on serving the business, criminal defense, and personal legal needs of his clients.  After more than fifteen years of practicing law, Todd has had the opportunity to serve as counsel and trusted advisor to a variety of clients, from individuals to large multinational corporations and manufacturers. 


     Prior to relocating to Charlotte, Todd practiced law for several years with large firms in Kansas City and Cleveland, Ohio.  During his years of practice at these larger firms, he observed that due to their size, structure, and cost, they often were not in a position to represent smaller businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals (particularly in criminal matters).  In opening his own law firm, Todd brings to these clients the sophisticated and savvy counsel they deserve, but with the level of personal attention and lower costs that a larger firm simply cannot provide.


     Some of the many legal matters Todd has handled for his clients include breach of contract and commercial litigation, criminal defense and appeals, personal injury (plaintiff and defense), derivative and shareholder disputes, drafting of contracts, business formation and administration, traffic violations, driver's license restoration, non-compete agreements and enforcement, employer workplace intentional torts, civil rights litigations, insurance coverage and disputes, and products liability matters, bankruptcy preference litigation, commercial paper and secured transactions, among others.


     Todd is admitted to practice law in North Carolina and Ohio.  He is also admitted to the Missouri and Kansas State bars, however, he is currently registered as inactive in those jurisdictions.  Todd is a member of both the Mecklenburg County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.


     Todd is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1998.  As a law student Todd served as an Articles Editor of the University of Kansas Law Review, and further had an article he authored on Federal sentencing in criminal drug possession and distribution cases.  See Federal Sentencing in a Post-Chapman World: What is a ‘Mixture or Substance’ Anyhow?, 46 U. Kan. L. Rev. 983 (1998).  Additionally, Todd served on the Paul E. Smith Defender Project, where he represented, met with, and prepared briefs on behalf of inmates seeking state and federal post-conviction relief. 


     Todd received his undergraduate degree in Political Science Pre-Law from Ohio University in 1995, where he graduated Summa cum laude and with Departmental Honors.  While attending Ohio University in picturesque Athens, Ohio, Todd served as Captain of the university’s boxing team for two years and completed his Honors Thesis on the Political and Social Impacts of the Automobile on Post-World War II America.


     When Todd is not busy representing his clients or managing his law office, tries to make the best use of the wonderful Carolina climate.  The mountain and foothills areas of North Carolina are a particular favorite and Todd can often be found riding a motorcycle on one of the many twisty mountain back roads.  Todd’s hobbies include vintage (and not-so-vintage) motorcycle restoration, street and offroad motorcycling; snow skiing, jet-skiing, camping, and reading.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 35%
    14 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    9 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
    17 years
  4. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 10%
  5. DUI & DWI: 10%



Hourly ($1/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Adam P. Altman

    I endorse Todd Gonyer. I met Todd through his involvement with the Mecklenburg County Bar. He is a very intelligent and trustworthy attorney.


    Adam Altman Litigation Attorney
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  • Joshua William Goodman

    Todd Gonyer is an experienced attorney dedicated to providing quality service to his clients. I highly recommend this attorney.


    Joshua Goodman Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Todd E. Gonyer, PLLC

229 South Brevard Street
Suite 201
Charlotte, NC, 28202


MOInactive voluntarily199901/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award for Appellate AdvocacyPayne and Jones1997
Criminal Law - Top GradeCALI1997
Law Review - Articles EditorUniversity of Kansas School of Law1997
Departmental Honors - Political ScienceOhio University College of Arts & Sciences1995
Summa Cum LaudeOhio University College of Arts & Sciences1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateWalter & Haverfield2003 - 2006
AssociateMcDonald Hopkins Burke & Haber2001 - 2003
AssociateArmstrong Teasdale1999 - 2001
AssociateWallace Saunders Austin Brown & Enochs1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mecklenburg County Bar, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm SectionChair2014 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law SectionN/A2012 - Present
Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2012 - Present
North CarolinaBar Association, Solo Small Firm & General Practice SectionN/A2011 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm SectionVice Chair2011 - 2014
Mecklenburg County Bar, Criminal Justice SectionN/A2011 - Present
Mecklenburg County BarN/A2009 - Present
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationN/A2002 - 2006
Anthony J. Celebrezze Inn of CourtN/A2002 - 2004
Kansas City - Ross T. Roberts American Inn of CourtN/A2000 - 2001
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/A1999 - 2001
Johnson County Bar AssociationN/A1998 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
University of Kansas Law ReviewFederal Sentencing in a Post-Chapman World: Just What Is a Mixture or Substance Anyhow?1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Ohio UniversityPolitical Science Pre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Cambridge UniversityLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solo Practitioner & Small Firm Monthly MeetingAccepting Credit Card Payments - Ethical Considerations and Practical Solutions for Small Law Firms2014
Solo Practitioner & Small Firm SectionOnline Ratings and Reviews: Great Business Development, Ethical Traps, or Both?2013