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Amily Katherine McCool

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

3.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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About Amily

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Amily (she/her/hers) is an attorney with 20 years of experience working in the anti-domestic violence field. She is the owner and sole practitioner of the Scharff Law Firm where she specializes in criminal defense, expungements. She assists domestic and sexual violence victims by representing them in protective orders and Title IX hearings, defending them in criminal cases so that a criminal record does not act as a barrier to escaping an abusive partner, and representing non-predominant aggressors in criminal defense cases as a primary prevention strategy to help foster economic stability- one of the greatest protective factors for living violence free.

Amily is a supportive and nurturing attorney for LGBTQ+ clients and is available to represent clients or provide advice for members of the queer community seeking name and/or gender marker changes.

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Scharff Law Firm
827 N Bloodworth Dr.
Ste. B
Raleigh, NC, 27604

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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Competent and Compassionate
Ms. McCool provided expert consultation to me in a domestic violence case, and I so appreciated her compassion and expertise. She was so accessible to me during this difficult time, and I cannot adequately express my admiration and gratitude to her. She is peerless in my estimation.
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I am extremely disappointed that I hired Amily for my case. I ultimately had to drop the DVPO against my abuser. Understandably, Amily is busy with court, but I did not feel my case was given much attention. I never even met her and she preferred to discuss important matters over text.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Manager
  • Scharff Law Firm
  • 2019 - Present
  • Legal Trainer
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of North Carolina School Of Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Scharff Law Firm
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Legal and Policy Director
  • North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Domestic Violence Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Of North Carolina, Inc.
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • North Carolina Court Of Appeals Chamber Of Judge Linda McGee
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Wake County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2013
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  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Law Degree
  • 2008
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Masters of Social Work
  • 2003
  • North Carolina State University
  • Bachelors of Psychology
  • 2000


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Public Service Practictioner Award
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • End Violence Against Women International Conference
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Moving Beyond False Dichotomies to Victim Centered Change
  • 2020
  • Lavender Law Conference 2019
  • Redefining Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Violence for Trans, Queer & HIV-Affected Communities
  • 2019

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Raleigh Criminal defense Lawyer Amily Katherine McCool
Amily Katherine McCool
Criminal defense Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 15 years
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