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Leslie C. Rawls

Leslie C. Rawls

also known as Leslie Carter Rawls

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About Me

In 1995, I began limiting my law practice to solely appellate work. I have since handled hundreds of appeals in the North Carolina Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am admitted to the United States Supreme Court, but it hears a very few cases and has yet to agree to grant any of the petitions that I have filed. 


When the North Carolina State Bar created the Appellate Law specilization in 2011, I qualified and sat for the examination. As a result of passing that test and the other qualification requirements, I am a certified appellate specialist.


After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1983, I married criminal defense attorney Eben Rawls and moved to Charlotte. I started my law practice by doing research and writing for other lawyers on a contract basis. After a few months, I went into partnership with another lawyer. I was primarily responsible for the writing projects in our office, such as drafting motions and briefs, whether the underlying case was mine or my partner's. My law practice was general trial work in the federal and state courts, handling civil and criminal trials, as well as representing parents and juveniles in the juvenile court system.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Appeals: 100%
    20 years



Hourly ($225-310/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

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Contact Info

PO Box 38325
Charlotte, NC, 28278




Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Seymour Wurfel Award for editing and writing skillsUNC Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation1983

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Legal Studies Program Manager/InstructorKing's College--Charlotte2003 - 2008
Sole PractitionerLeslie Carter Rawls, Attorney at Law1985 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/A1984 - Present
Mecklenburg County BarN/A1983 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Rose v. ForesterWon; trial court was affirmed.
State v. BenardelloWon; trial court was reversed
U.S. v. TrentWon; remand by agreement

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Publication NameTitleDate
Lawyers as PeacemakersMindfulness Practice and Stress Reduction2011
North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial RegulationProbable Cause and Provisional Arrest1983


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Eckerd CollegeChineseN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
2013 Parent Attorney ConferenceEvidence: Keeping it Out and Getting it In2013
Appellate Practice for the General PractitionerAppellate Brief Writing and Oral Argument2007