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Emily Damsgaard Gladden

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   25 reviews

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About Emily

Learn Emily’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    All types of criminal cases from misdemeanors to capital murder.

  2. Federal crime
    20%
    Eastern District of North Carolina

  3. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Have represented many clients charged with DUI in both North Carolina and New York.

  4. Expungement
    10%
    Very familiar with expungements laws. Will take expungement cases in almost every county across the state.

  5. Sex crime
    10%

  6. Violent crime
    10%

  7. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

  8. White collar crime
    5%

Emily Gladden is a fighter. She practices in state and federal courts across North Carolina representing clients facing charges ranging from low-level misdemeanors to sex offenses, murder, and white-collar offenses. She has also consulted for one of the world’s leading investment firms. Her practice also includes appeals, post-conviction proceedings, and parole hearings. Emily was selected by her peers as a Rising Star in criminal defense in Super Lawyers for 2020.

Emily cares deeply about her clients and approaches them with empathy and compassion, understanding the high stakes in criminal cases. She is known for thorough preparation and maintaining close contact with her clients throughout every stage of the case. Many of Emily’s cases are complex. As a result, she has worked with a wide range of experts including doctors, accident reconstructionists, psychologists, and forensic computer experts.

Emily has won freedom for clients who have been sentenced to prison. In 2019, she argued her client’s innocence and succeeded in overturning his conviction for second-degree murder, which freed her client just a few years into his 15-19 year sentence. In another post-conviction case involving an armed robbery conviction, she was able to secure her client’s release ten years early. Emily also provides pro bono representation at parole hearings to juveniles sentenced to life in prison through UNC Law School’s Juvenile Parole Project.

Prior to joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2015, Emily worked as a Staff Attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York City. Managing a caseload of close to 100 clients, she was in court every day advocating for their constitutional rights and basic human dignity. Her legal training also includes work at criminal defense offices across the country, ranging from San Francisco to New Orleans to Washington, DC.

Emily is a graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, where she received numerous awards and directed multiple student groups in the area of criminal defense. Prior to law school, Emily earned a Masters Degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge in England on a Gates Scholarship. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Williams College.

Licensed for 8 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 12/27/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Emily

Tin Fulton Walker & Owen
204 N Person St.
Raleigh, NC, 27601-2940

Reviews

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Posted by Alora | October 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Service.
Emily was fabulous to work with. Communicated everything and always kept me informed. In todays busy world it is nice to know that someone valued my personal and professional time by keeping me in the loop and handling everything flawlessly on her end. Case expunged and life back to normal. If the need ever arises again I will be reaching out.
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Posted by Richard | April 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
Emily was very professional and she was attentive in listening to my concerns and getting answers to the questions that I had. I would certainly recommend Emily to anyone who needs an attorney to represent them. I truly appreciated her efforts.
Posted by Kathleen | February 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
She is nice, professional, knowledgeable, and determined. I would recommend her to anyone dealing with unfair criminal justice
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
She did an awesome job keeping my informed on my case and worked hard with the DA to get my charges reduced. Ultimately got charges expunged off my record. Would highly recommend her!!!
Posted by Adam | June 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Emily is very thorough and focused. She was very proactive about getting me the best possible outcome. She was the only lawyer of the 5 or 6 which I consulted with that immediately started coming up with a plan to reduce or eliminate any undesirable outcomes. Once hired, she worked tirelessly to ultimately get all charges dismissed. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants a dedicated and committed lawyer
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Posted by Matthew | June 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reasonable considering the circumstances
Mrs. Gladden helped me to achieve a good outcome based on the circumstances of my case. It was a difficult case, but I am happy with my decision because I would not have stood a good chance without her representation. Some things that I valued were her communication and respect toward me as an individual.
Posted by Donica | May 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Rare Gem
I was fortunate to Meet Emily Gladden after calling countless firms in my area. Id been working to change my life and build a brighter future for my young daughter. There was this criminal charge lingering over my head. I was accused of resisting, I had not. I needed to be heard a defended. Emily Gladden has a heart for people... She is blind to color creed or any other bias. Emily has the heart of a lion to defend justice. We spoke via phone she agreed to meet me in court... It was as if we were old friends her smile gave me hope. My case was dismissed. I gained a life long friend. Emily Gladden is A Rare Gem her quick wit and intuition and her passion have never failed me. Mrs. Gladden later worked to have my criminal record expunged. I am now a Supervisor and my daughter is on her way to a great college. Im Greatful for Emily Gladden!
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Posted by Diamontre | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Raleigh
I would recommend anybody going through legal issues to Emily ,she's very professional and handled my case within a timely manner ...I'm forever grateful
Posted by Lenora | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily Gladden is the best attorney in Wake County!
I highly recommend working with Emily Gladden. Her professionalism and dedication to my case was outstanding!!! She is by far the best lawyer I've ever encountered, given my case was a bit challenging (expungement) she went above and beyond and did everything in her power to make sure my case was favorable. I really appreciate how honest and detailed she was with me in handling my case and her communication was superb. She answered all my questions promptly and was very patient with me. If anyone is looking for a good lawyer and one that actually cares about you then Emily is the lawyer for you!! I can't Express my gratitude enough for everything she has done for me. I will always recommend you to my friends and family!
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2019
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Emily Gladden Review
Emily is a great example of a Great Woman who not only is a great Lawyer but an incredible person with a lot of knowledge and the best professionalism. She got my case dismissed and made the process simple.
Posted by Richard | October 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Wonderful
Ms Gladden provided our family with excellent representation in a criminal matter that required attentiveness, thoroughness, and encouragement. She was clear (and accurate) about the practical and logistical issues (timing, likelihood of success) of our case. She was professional and efficient throughout and kept us updated. She achieved the result we were hoping for - a huge relief. As a retired attorney with over 30 years of experience, I may have loftier expectations than some clients. Ms. Gladden met those expectations and then some. Wonderful experience.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Over and Beyond Excellent!
There are not enough superlatives to adequately describe the extraordinary and thorough service my family received from TFWO law firm. After witnessing my nephew being convicted of a serious crime which he had not committed, and his facing 18-20 years of incarceration, I was on a mission to find the best legal representation to right this wrong. After a great deal of researching ratings and reviews, I called the Raleigh office for help. I was able to speak with Emily Gladden right away, who scheduled a meeting soon after. She always listened very carefully, the firm decided to take on his case, and got to work. They kept me informed constantly, and remained dedicated to work for justice for my nephew. They traveled many miles during the course of two+ years. They were consistent and prompt with responses to my phone calls or emails. Emily and Mark Kleinschmidt (no longer with the firm) worked diligently gathering every detail, resource and witness that could make his case the strongest possible before going back to court. Their conscienscious and comprehensive legal expertise in preparing and filing the MAR was outstanding. Noell also put his all into working with Emily before the MAR hearing. Now, thanks to the lead attorney Emily, and her supporting team, my nephew will be released in less than 3 months. We cannot express the genuine, heartfelt gratitude that my nephew and family have for her. She has devoted most of her career to the wrongfully convicted. She truly cares about finding justice when it has been lost on the innocent. She is one of the most personable, kind, smart and dedicated people I have ever known. This law firm is one that you can trust and depend on. I never, ever felt that money was the object--only justice. Thanks to Emily and team, my nephew will have the chance to live a productive, full life. It is no surprise that TFWO has been recognized as one of America's Best Law Firms.
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Posted by Kishon | August 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best
I highly recommend Emily. She keeps in contact throughout the entire process, and explains everything that is going to happen. She returns phone calls ASAP, and never leaves you waiting and wondering what happens next. She goes above and beyond making sure her client is taken care of, and really keeps your mind at ease. I don’t know why you haven’t called her yet.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
After researching many attorneys and reading many reviews, we reached out to Ms. Gladden to help us handle a dismissal and expungement for our 17 year old child. Within 48 hours of contacting her, the charge was dismissed and the expungement was filed. Needless to say, we are incredible grateful to her. She is a kind, compassionate person who has the ability to put you at ease immediately. She is obviously a very intelligent and competent attorney, but it was her personal attention, compassion and diligence that stood out to us. I highly recommend Ms. Gladden.
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Posted by Zach | October 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Only lawyer willing to work my case
I had probably been turned down by at least 12 attorneys who specialized in the expungment process before I finally got in touch with Emily through a referral (from where I don't remember) but she did more than just ask me the same 3 questions and tell me it wasn't possible. Emily took her time to reach out and talk to people in the legal system to see if there was any way to push forward my expungment process. She worked with me and explained everything step by step. She didn't look at me as a criminal which is how I feel like most people in the system do, she talked to me like a person and was very friendly, it didn't feel like just business. Emily truly cares about her clients and about helping people who deserve it. There isnt enough good i could say about her. Because of Emily I now have opportunities I never thought I would have again
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Posted by Ms. Melvina | October 5, 2018
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#1 Parent Approved Best Lawyer Award
Wow when I say an AWESOME Attorney she is that and more Emily is an all around person who lives her job and she put her best in to get the best results I pray favor on her life until one day she will be the Higher Attorney in the US A
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
Emily was extremely helpful for my case- she was knowledgable, receptive, and just personable in general! She was sure to communicate details about the case and explain the process as we went along. I would recommend Emily to anyone looking for a strong attorney with a fantastic background in legal defense.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Very professional extremely attentive. Her quick response to the situation was so amazing, after I briefly gave her the insight on the case. I recommend her services if you want someone that will truly care and that will go above & beyond their means. Contact Emily Gladden if you are seeking 100% professionalism. She took the time to listen, she immediately started to go to work without me having to continuously ask her over and over. She is a wonderful hardworking individual! Thank you for everything you’ve done for my family! We appreciate you very much.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
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Awesome Attorney
Very professional and her centrally located in downtown Raleigh across from the governors mansion. Emily was always quick to respond to any of my questions, was very knowledgeable about how things work and what could be expected Thankfully in the end, we reached a deal with the prosecutor that I was happy with, I'd definitely recommend you give her a call. The whole process was seamless and quick with no court continuances.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Gladden's firm came highly recommended to me by word of mouth. After discussion with one of the firm's partners, Emily was assigned to my case, and I could not be more grateful. She made time to listen without distraction, she was meticulously thorough, and she and her partner on the case collaborated seamlessly with a local attorney I'd hired several weeks prior for what became a multi-day trial. I was incredibly impressed by her professionalism both in and out of the court room. I hope to never have to use a defense attorney again, but if I do, my first call will be to Emily.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • The Bronx Defenders
  • 2014 - 2015

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Cambridge University
  • Masters in Criminology
  • 2011
  • Williams College
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2007

Associations

  • Wake County Bar Association, Tenth Judicial District Bar
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020

Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily's skills and value have been discovered by clients and fellow attorneys! She is an outstanding advocate, guided by intelligence and compassion. She stands above many criminal defense attorneys with her extraordinary attention to detail and connection with her clients. She is a shining example of the very finest in our profession!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily Gladden is a sophisticated thinker and writer. She thinks about every pitfall in case, researches every legal issue thoroughly, writes beautifully, and always come up with a coherent and compelling answer to any problem. She is a relentless advocate and a gold star attorney. You cannot go wrong with her. You will always get 100 percent from her."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily has a great reputation in our legal community. She is very reliable and knowledgeable in her field."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Emily. We worked together as Public Defenders and I've never seen an attorney work harder for her clients. She would doggedly get the best results for her clients, whether that meant preparing motions, preparing for trial, or otherwise just wearing down the prosecution. No one is better."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is a smart, capable, and committed attorney. She brings to bear her diverse and extensive experience to get the best outcome for her clients. Most importantly, Emily cares deeply about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Ms. Gladden on several complex criminal cases. She is very client centered and professional. She combines her legal expertise with a compassion that is rare among attorneys who take on such difficult cases."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is a colleague and a friend. She’s smart, savvy, and cares about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is responsive to her clients' needs and works diligently on their behalf. I recently referred an acquaintance to Emily for legal assistance with a sensitive criminal matter. He was very pleased with his representation. He reported that Emily was very knowledgeable and thorough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is a compassionate and brilliant attorney who fights hard for justice for all of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I knew Emily when we both worked in the same public defender office in the Bronx. There are few lawyers I know with her tenacity, passion, and skill. She goes to the ends of the earth for her clients and leans no stone unturned in her search for a favorable resolution. Emily was known in our office for negotiating the best deals for her clients through persistence and sheer force of will. She is kind, reassuring, and patient with her clients, and she is experienced in a wide range of criminal matters (from petty crimes to death penalty cases). Above all else, she deeply cares."
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Criminal defense
Raleigh Criminal defense Lawyer Emily Damsgaard Gladden
Emily Damsgaard Gladden
Criminal defense Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 8 years
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