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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Award for Appellate Advocacy||Payne and Jones||1997|
|Criminal Law - Top Grade||CALI||1997|
|Law Review - Articles Editor||University of Kansas School of Law||1997|
|Departmental Honors - Political Science||Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences||1995|
|Summa Cum Laude||Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences||1995|
|Associate||Walter & Haverfield||2003 - 2006|
|Associate||McDonald Hopkins Burke & Haber||2001 - 2003|
|Associate||Armstrong Teasdale||1999 - 2001|
|Associate||Wallace Saunders Austin Brown & Enochs||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Mecklenburg County Bar, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section||Chair||2014 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|North CarolinaBar Association, Solo Small Firm & General Practice Section||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Mecklenburg County Bar, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section||Vice Chair||2011 - 2014|
|Mecklenburg County Bar, Criminal Justice Section||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Mecklenburg County Bar||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Cuyahoga County Bar Association||N/A||2002 - 2006|
|Anthony J. Celebrezze Inn of Court||N/A||2002 - 2004|
|Kansas City - Ross T. Roberts American Inn of Court||N/A||2000 - 2001|
|Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association||N/A||1999 - 2001|
|Johnson County Bar Association||N/A||1998 - 1999|
|University of Kansas Law Review||Federal Sentencing in a Post-Chapman World: Just What Is a Mixture or Substance Anyhow?||1998|
|University of Kansas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Ohio University||Political Science Pre-Law||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|Cambridge University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Solo Practitioner & Small Firm Monthly Meeting||Accepting Credit Card Payments - Ethical Considerations and Practical Solutions for Small Law Firms||2014|
|Solo Practitioner & Small Firm Section||Online Ratings and Reviews: Great Business Development, Ethical Traps, or Both?||2013|