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J. Scott Coalter is Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law in North Carolina who began defending clients in criminal cases in 1997.  He has experience as both a prosecutor and public defender, having served as an Assistant Public Defender for Guilford County, NC from 1997-2001, and an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of NC from 2001-2003.  He is qualified for appointment to North Carolina Death Penalty cases and Federal criminal cases.  He has appeared before Federal District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and numerous State District and Superior Courts.  Scott has been awarded the prestigious Super Lawyer designation for Criminal Defense by Super Lawyers Magazine.
A native of Austin, Texas, Scott later served as an Infantryman in the First Infantry Division Forward in West Germany and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Austin.  He graduated Cum Laude from the Campbell University School of Law in 1996.  At Campbell, Scott was published ("Vicarious Liability of a Physician for the Negligence of Other Medical Professionals- North Carolina Charts a Middle Course- The   Effect of Harris v. Miller," Campbell Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 2 (1995)) and served as Research Editor on the Campbell Law Review from 1995-96.  He is a past President of the Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  He is a member of the Guilford Inns of Court and the High Point Bar Association.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Contact info

Coalter Law, PLLC

910 North Elm
Greensboro, NC, 27401

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Free consultation (15 minutes)

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  • William G. Causey Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. I have watched Scott in court over the last 15 years and found him to be a brilliant attorney. He is very skilled at trying cases in front of a jury and also in front of a Judge. He is well liked and very smart, I highly recommend him!


    William Causey DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • George Wilmarth Nickel III

    I endorse this lawyer. He works hard for his clients and gets great results.


    George Nickel Criminal defense Attorney
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Specialist in State and Federal Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCoalter Law, PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerMcKinney Perry & Coalter, PA2012 - 2014
PartnerMcKinney Justice Perry & Coalter, PA2010 - 2012
AssociateMcKinney & Justice, PA2005 - 2010
AssociateMorgan Herring Morgan Green Rosenblutt & Gill, LLP2003 - 2005
Assistant District AttorneyGuilford County District Attorney's Office2001 - 2003
Assistant Public DefenderGuilford County Public Defender's Office1997 - 2001
AssociateHenson & Henson1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtMaster2005 - Present
Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Campbell Law ReviewVicarious Liability of a Physician for the Negligence of Other Medical Professionals- North Carolina Charts a Middle Course- The Effect of Harris v. Miller1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Texas System, AustinGovernmnet and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hot Topics: Recent Court DecisionsPadilla v. Kentucky2011
Criminal Masters in Advocacy SeminarPost Conviction Relief2011
Criminal Conversation: The Ultimate CLEMotions for Appropriate Relief2011