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Mr. O’Hale is a Board Certified Criminal Specialist in both the State of North Carolina and the Federal Courts by the North Carolina State Bar. That certification is the highest accreditation available. He has been profiled as a North Carolina Super Lawyer. Mr. O’Hale is a member of the Legal Elite, an honor bestowed to only the top 5% of practicing attorneys. Mr. O’Hale has been awarded the distinguished AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer reviewed ranking, which is the highest available.

With over 34 years of experience, Mr. O’Hale has a proven track record in both the State and Federal Courts. Mr. O’Hale specializes in criminal defense and personal injury cases. Mr. O’Hale is frequently called up as an expert in the field of criminal defense. He teaches and conducts seminars across the State of North Carolina.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Contact info

Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP

415 W Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC, 27401

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    35 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    35 years
  3. Federal Crime: 15%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew Carter Clifford

    Robert is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer.


    Andrew Clifford Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Daniel Allen Harris

    Robert is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He has been at this a while now and he knows the law and the court system. He also cares for his clients and is reasonably priced. I am happy to know him and to endorse him.


    Daniel Harris Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Best Attorneys in North CarolinaBest Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2005
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2001
Board Certified Specialist - Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar1994
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorney/PartnerClifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP1995 - Present
Assistant Public Defender18th Judicial Distict Public Defender's Office1985 - 1995
Assistant District AttorneyIredell County District Attorney's Office1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Eastern District of North CarolinaN/A2008 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitN/A1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of North CarolinaN/A1991 - Present
North Carolina State BarMember1981 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Greensboro Bar AssociationN/AN/A
18th Judicial District Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. JSNot Guilty
State v. WPNot Guilty
State v. DMNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of North CarolinaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976