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Melissa Hill

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1987
    Status
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Melissa Hill is a native of  Asheville, North Carolina. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984. She also attended law school at UNC,  where she was admitted to the Order of the Coif, was on the North Carolina Law Review and received her J.D. with honors in 1987.

Ms. Hill  is the author of Tennessee v. Garner – The Use of Deadly Force to  Arrest as an Unreasonable Search and Seizure, 65 N.C.L. Rev. 155 (1986);  and Branch Banking & Trust Company v. Wright – Creditors  Rights to Entireties Property Awarded to Nondebtor Spouse Upon Divorce,  64 N.C.L. Rev. 1471 (1986).

Ms. Hill joined Tharrington Smith in 1987 and practices criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts  in North Carolina as well as in other states.  She has earned the top rating (AV®) in Martindale Hubbell. She is a member of the  North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American, North Carolina, and Wake County bar associations, and formerly served as an officer on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council. 

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Location

150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC, 27601

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Posted by Scott | December 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
If you are in need of a lawyer, Melissa is the one to go to!
Melissa Hill represented me for my divorce. Since day one, Melissa was extremely professional and caring. If I had a question she was quick with a response. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone in need of legal counsel.

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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tharrington Smith
  • 1987 - Present

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD
  • 1987
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA
  • 1984

Associations

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyer of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Vice President
  • 2002 - 2003
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Member
  • 1999 - 2001
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Secretary
  • 1997 - 2001
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Member
  • 1995 - 1998
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Officer
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1987 - 1992
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar Section
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar Section
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • 2010
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Publications

  • 65 N.C.L. Rev. 155
  • Tennessee v. Garner - The Use of Deadly Force to Arrest as an Unreasonable Search and Seizure
  • 1986
  • 64 N.C.L. Rev. 1471
  • Branch Banking & Trust Company v. Wright - Creditors Rights to Entireties Property Awarded to Nondebtor Spouse Upon Divorce
  • 1986

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
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"I highly recommend Melissa Hill for any criminal defense matter. Melissa is a smart, dedicated, and tough attorney who is committed to her clients. She knows the system and is a tough negotiator. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

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Raleigh Criminal defense Lawyer Melissa Hill
Melissa Hill
Criminal defense Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 36 years