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Eben T. Rawls III

About me

I have worked for more than 30 years in State and Federal courts defending people accused of crimes. In that time I have handled a number of high-profile cases across the Southeast, New York, California and in one case, Norway.

I am certified as a Specialist in both Federal and State criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar and have been selected by my peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America in two practice areas, White Collar Criminal Defense and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense. I have also been named by Business North Carolina magazine as one of the state’s “Legal Elite” for multiple consecutive years and consistently named as one of North Carolina’s Super Lawyers.

A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, I graduated with honors from Duke University and from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. I established my own law practice in 1983. People have described me as a “lawyers’ lawyer,” having represented a number of attorneys over my career, including prosecutors and judges.


  • Mr. Rawls’ practice in State Court and Federal Court has resulted in numerous acquittals, dismissals, and favorable plea bargains for thousands of clients.

  • Mr. Rawls has appeared in complex cases involving offshore accounts prosecuted by the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. Most cases were concluded with a 906 Closing Agreement with the IRS. No clients went to jail.

  • Mr. Rawls has handled a number of securities cases involving insider trading. A number of these cases resulted in declination of prosecution.

  • Mr. Rawls has successfully represented a number of professional athletes in both state and federal courts. None were convicted.

  • Mr. Rawls has represented dozens of clients charged with First Degree Murder. Not one was convicted of First Degree Murder.

  • Mr. Rawls has appeared in oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, twice before the North Carolina Supreme Court, and a number of times before the North Carolina Court of Appeals.


Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 20%
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
  5. Administrative Law: 20%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard D. Willstatter

    Eben Rawls is a very fine attorney whose good judgment and careful advice are invaluable to his clients. His clients are truly fortunate to have him as defense counsel.


    Richard Willstatter Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Janeen Jihan Hicks Pierre

    Eben Rawls is one of the best defense attorneys for federal and state charges. He has over 30 years of experience and knows the criminal justice system extremely well. He genuinely cares about his clients and wants to see them succeed and to get past whatever current crisis they are in. I do not plan to get arrested but if I do I have Eben's cell phone number saved in my phone!!


    Janeen Hicks Pierre Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, P.L.L.C.

1011 E Morehead St.
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC, 28204

Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, PLLC

1011 E Morehead St Ste 300
Charlotte, NC, 28204-2893



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified Specialist Federal and State Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2015
Best Lawyers in White Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyers in America in Non-White Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2015
Super Lawyers Award in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2015
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member2015
Member of Criminal Specialization CommitteNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerRawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, PLLC1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersMember1979 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime MemberN/A
Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionPast Chairman1996 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. v L.M.Not Guilty
State of North Carolina v. H.B.Not Guilty
U.S. v M.N.Probation with early termination
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Publication nameTitleDate
CLE Materials at speaking engagement101 Ways to Survive the Practice of Criminal LawN/A
CLE materials at speaking engagementCriminal Defense - Soup to NutsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Duke UniversityDouble Major - History, SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE101 Ways to Survive the Practice of Criminal LawN/A
Mountain Magic CLECriminal Defense - Soup to NutsN/A
Mecklenburg County Bar, CLEMoney Laundering and Cash Reporting RequirementsN/A
Mecklenburg County Bar, CLEProfessionalismN/A