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Married for more than 30 years, and the father of two daughters, I served in the Army for seven years before receiving my undergraduate degree from the East Carolina University, with honors, and
my J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987.

In the US Army, I was honored to receive the 1978 Non-Commissioned
Officer of the Year Award for United States Army Support Command Hawaii. At East Carolina University, I received the University Outstanding Senior Award in 1984. I was also the 2007 recipient of the J.
Kirk Osborn Award for excellence in service and mentoring through encouragement
and example on behalf of indigent men and women charged with crimes. I am a board member of the
Center for Death Penalty Litigation and Chair the Fair Trial Initiative. I formerly served as a member
of the Board of Directors for the Pitt County Family Violence Center; and Chaired the Criminal Justice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. I was honored the receive the Pitt
County Legal Secretaries’ Boss of the Year award in 1993; the Outstanding Project Chair, for the
University City Kiwanis in 1992; and the Pamlico Sound Legal Services Outstanding Pro
Bono Service Award in 1991.

I have more than twenty-four years of experience representing persons charged with
crimes ranging from simple traffic offenses to DWI, Fraud, Breaking and
Entering, Burglary, Kidnapping, Felonious Assaults, Murder and Death Penalty
Trials, Appeals and Post-Conviction proceedings. I have extensive experience in
the District and Superior Courts of North Carolina. I am admitted to practice
before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North
Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. My daughter is an attorney in Boston. You can follow her on Twitter at: @ConnerLawTweets. My nephew is also an attorney, working in my firm. You can follow him on Twitter at: @marcus_conner. My web site is at:


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    29 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 5%
    29 years, 20 cases
  3. Appeals: 5%
    29 years, 15 cases

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Contact info

Graham, Nuckolls & Brown, PLLC

321 Evans Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 7384
Greenville, NC, 27858


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional LawAmerican Jurisprudence1986
Outstanding Senior University AwardEast Carolina University Alumni Association1984
Outstanding SeniorEast Carolina University Political Sciene Department1984
Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf ClusterUS Army1981
Non-commissioned Officer of the YearUS Army Support Command Hawaii1979
Army Commendation MedalUS Army1979
Meritorious Service MedalUS Army1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGraham, Nuckolls & Brown, PLLC2009 - Present
PartnerDixon, Doub & Conner1987 - 2007
Staff SergeantUS Army1974 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeBoard Member2010 - Present
Fair Trial InitiativeChair2007 - Present
Center for Death Penalty LitigationBoard Member2006 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationChair, Criminal Justice Section1997 - 1998
Phi Kappa Phi Honor SocietyMember1983 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Levon Junior JonesCharges dismissed upon retrial
State v. Reade SeligmannAll charges dismissed
State v. Leslie A. LincolnNot Guilty on all counts.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
East Carolina UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts with High Honors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PowerPoint LunchinarChallenging Forensic Science Evidence2011
2010 Spring Public Defenders' ConferenceConfrontation of Lab Reports2010
Criminal Masters in AdvocacyLeslie Lincoln's Ordeal2008
Crimes Against ChildrenCross Examination of Experts2008
Capital CollegeJury Voir Dire2008