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Sean P Cecil

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 8 years
    Washington - WA 17 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Sean

Learn Sean’s areas of practice.

I joined Edelstein & Payne in February, 2015. My practice includes criminal defense and traffic matters, personal injury, and wage claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act or the North Carolina Wage & Hour Act. I am committed to social justice and specifically enjoy drug cases and defending protesters.  

I am admitted to practice in all North Carolina state courts, Washington state courts (inactive status), the Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Western District of Washington Federal Court.


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Posted by Jackie | February 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A grateful Mom to have an Attorney like Sean to represent my Son
I highly recommend this Attorney. He is very professional, keeps me informed of the case and is very dedicated and hard working. He is patient and looks at the long term effects of the possible outcomes. Again I highly recommend him and so does my Son.
Posted by Ed | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Sean Cecil
Mr. Cecil was extremely helpful to me on a case involving my daughter. I called Mr. Cecil in the morning, he was not in so I left a message. He called me back on his lunch break. I explained my situation and he said he would look into it and call me back as soon as he could. Mr. Cecil called me back at 5:00 with the good news that my case was now closed and another case with my daughter (that he wasn't even working on) was also closed.
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Posted by Irhonda | October 25, 2013
Excellent Representation!
Mr Cecil represented me on a Deferred Prosecution Revocation. Everyone said we wouldn't win this case, and that my deferred would be revoked. I was down and out, and didn't know what I would do. Mr Cecil went in, and presented our case, and we won! Many attorneys told me they've never seen an attorney win one of those cases. Sean Cecil helped me get a second chance at complying with the terms of my program, and it has truly changed my life. I now have a 10 month old son, and just recently started my own business. Life Is Good! If you want an attorney who will keep you informed, and present a strong case on your behalf, then I strongly recommend Sean Cecil.
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Posted by Cathy | November 16, 2012
Sean knows how to get things done!
Sean is an extremely knowledgable, thorough and hard-working advocate for his clients. He handled my issues with the utmost professionalism and ensured the best possible outcome. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have had Sean working on my behalf.
Posted by BRIAN | March 20, 2012
Sean is by far the best attourney I have ever had. I think that is worth somthing coming from me since I've hired over a dozen in my life. Sean dove into my case and made it his own. His attention to detail is great he knows his trade. You want to have the best shot at winning hire this guy. He has the skills contacts and charecter to stand up for your rights.
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Posted by Patricia | March 24, 2011
Attorney Sean Cecil
Mr Cecil represented me in 2010 and I was extremely pleased with the outcome. I foung him to be very diligent and informative throughout the process. I would recommend his services to anyone who may have the need.
Posted by JayC | October 19, 2010
Did a Great job for me.
Sean was amazing. I honestly believe no another lawyer could have done what he got done.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-35%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Edelstein & Payne
  • 2015 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Sean Cecil
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Geiersbach & Kraft, PSC.
  • 2006 - 2010


  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Client arrested on suspicion of rape
  • Case never filed.
  • Snohomish District Ct 2047A-13D
  • DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
  • Snohomish 1290B12FE
  • Original felony charged as misdemeanor
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  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Membership Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Northwest Indian Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition of extraordinary Pro bono contribution
  • Northwest Indian Bar Association
  • 2012
  • 1st Place, intra-school moot court competition
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (32)
Endorse Sean
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I see and speak to Mr. Cecil on a near-daily basis in criminal court. I can attest to his strong intuition regarding legal issues in criminal cases and vigorous defense of his clients based on the nature of our conversations and firsthand observations of his performance in the courtroom. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Cecil's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with Sean on a few criminal matters and happily endorse his work. Sean is a dedicated and diligent lawyer who will throw his all into each case. He fights hard and does an excellent job in both pretrial motions and in trial. He knows how to communicate difficult concepts and cases to a jury in a ways that are easily understood. I imagine that skill transfers well to his civil practice as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He zealously defends those accused of crimes and he helps protect the rights of folks who already have a criminal record. The case results on his website are impressive."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a zealous advocate for his clients. His knowledge of the law is exceeded only by his ethical and compassionate approach to representation. I would not hesitate to refer a client in need to Sean Cecil"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Cecil on complicated cases in the past. He is an asset to the criminal defense community. He is aggressive, intelligent and relentless with the prosecutor. He is compassionate and responsive to his clients. If you are looking for an attorney that will fight for your rights and freedom, you have made the right choice."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I'm currently working with SEAN on a criminal case involving the same client. We both represent the client in our home states and have been getting excellent results in our respective courts. SEAN is smart, easy to work with and knows what he is doing. If he represents you in Washington state then you are in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a great attorney who fights hard for his clients. He gets great results for his clients and makes a big difference in each case. I highly recommend his services to any person facing a criminal charge in Washington."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. Potential clients should be aware that the 'discipline' to which this site refers was not related to Sean's thorough preparation and zealous advocacy. His clients are well served."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sean is a highly competent, aggressive advocates for his clients. He fights tooth and nail for their best interests. I endorse him without reservation."
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Raleigh Criminal defense Lawyer Sean P Cecil
Sean P Cecil
Criminal defense Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 17 years
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