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David John Mahlum

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

3.7   3 reviews

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    David has represented thousands of clients on traffic matters and criminal charges.

    16 years

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    David has represented thousands of clients on speeding tickets, driving while license revoked, and DWI charges

    16 years

  3. Consumer protection
    We represent people who are taken advantage of by more powerful organizations. We have successfully represented tenants whose landlord didn't live up to their responsibility and clients who are sued by debt collectors and credit card companies.

    11 years

  4. Domestic violence

    16 years

  5. Personal injury

    16 years

After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in Business Management, David attended Law School at Campbell University.  While working on his law degree, David represented his fellow students on the Student Bar Association, wrote Case Summaries of recently decided Appellate cases for the Campbell Law Observer, and was on the winning team for the law school’s intramural client counseling competition.

During law school, David clerked for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and interned with a small general practice firm.  He logged countless courtroom hours during this time, learning from attorneys.  These positions allowed David to gain invaluable experience in criminal matters and litigation, as well as client relations.

In 2006, David decided to open his own firm in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife and children.  Since then, he has built his criminal practice through dedication to his clients and diligent work to protect their rights and interests.  Since Renee Jordan joined the firm, David splits his time between court and the office.  When he isn’t in court, he is at the office meeting with clients and reviewing their cases.

David is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the Wake County Bar.  Additionally, David has received the same standard training in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests as North Carolina Law Enforcement.

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Licensed for 17 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/03/2022

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

Contact David

Mahlum Law Office, PC
4008 Barrett Drive.
Suite 101
Raleigh, NC, 27609


3.7 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Jessica | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stellar Experience
I hired Mr. Mahlum to help me with a speeding ticket I had gotten while driving through a school zone. On our first meeting, he gave me advise about what to expect and what kind of options I may have moving forward. With his help and knowledge, he was able to help get my sentence reduced in court. And never once did I have to actually go to the courthouse. Mr. Mahlum handled all the back end work for me. He made process very easy and painless. I am very appreciative for his services and would absolutely hire him in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Working with Mahlum Law Office has been a great experience. David and his team are very quick to communicate and answer my questions. They handled my case exactly as I had hoped AND how they told me they would.
Posted by Mike | April 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
low review's
I can not give a great or positive evaluation of the service that I received from David Mahlum Law Office. The paralegals staff we're not very professional. Didn't seem knowledgeable in the ways of open commutation, being compassionate or did nothing to keep me in the loop thew this very difficult time to let me know how my case is being handling. After paying his $2000. attorney fee and under his advice, going to the two Counseling Programs. Another $1500. Well I guess as a client I expected better than take my money and do nothing. Specially after being promised I would be reinstated in one year. After making all my attorney Fee's to David Mahlum law firm. Communication stopped. It's now three year and about one year with no contact from David or his Paralegal staff. I highly recommend not to use this law firm. After April 2017. I will report this law firm to North Carolina state Bar.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mahlum Law Office, PC
  • 2006 - Present


  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • North Carolina State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • JR v. Employer
  • Settled
  • State v. DC
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. BM
  • Not Guilty


  • Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Humanitarian of the Year (along with other volunteer attorneys)
  • 2014


Speaking Engagements

  • Traffic Court for the New and Not-So-New Attorney (Continuing Legal Education)
  • Traffic Law Practice and the Role of the Legal Assistant
  • 2013
  • Traffic Court for the New and Not-So-New Attorney
  • Limited Driving Privileges
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Mahlum'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!"
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a great attorney. He is a conscientious and hardworking advocate and his clients are lucky to have him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a fantastic attorney who works very hard for his clients and gets great results."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a great lawyer who will handle your case with tact and confidence. In addition to being fellow lawyers in the Triangle, David actually represented me on a traffic ticket when I was an undergraduate at NCSU - and I still remember how he actually paid attention and responded to my concerns, even though it was "just" a traffic ticket. You can't go wrong with him."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met David when I was working as an Assistant District Attorney and was immediately impressed. David negotiates passionately for his clients, carefully pointing out potential flaws in the state's evidence and when negotiations break down - as they sometimes do - he has the trial skills to exploit any weakness in the prosecutions case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a great lawyer and a former classmate of mine. If you're looking for competent, dependable, and professional representation, you can't go wrong with David."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David is an aggressive, results oriented attorney who takes good care of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Raleigh Criminal defense Lawyer David John Mahlum
David John Mahlum
Criminal defense Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 17 years
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