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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 Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, and the American, North Carolina, and Wake County bar associations. She formerly served on the North Carolina Bar Association's Criminal Justice Council as a member, secretary and vice-president.
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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|Attorney||Tharrington Smith||1987 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Member||1997 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|Wake County Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|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|
|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|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|