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Eben T. Rawls III

Criminal defense Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   13 reviews

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About Eben

Learn Eben’s areas of practice.

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.
Licensed for 44 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 12/27/2022

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

Contact Eben

Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, P.L.L.C.
1011 E Morehead St.
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC, 28204
Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, PLLC
1011 E Morehead St Ste 300
Charlotte, NC, 28204-2893
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Posted by cam | May 25, 2020
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Top Shelf Federal Lawyer
I was referred to Mr. Rawls on a situation that came up unexpectedly, and on short notice. I literally can't say enough about the care, skill, and passion he brought to my issue.. He was sensitive to the cost concerns, and was very fair. A passion was brought to the situation, he cared, and worked to get the situation resolved successfully. I like working with smart, and experienced people (across the board in life). He definitely fits that bill. Great firm, worth retaining.
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Posted by Douglas Baker | January 22, 2020
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Great job
Mr Rawls wa the attorney that handled my case I started with 14 charges and he got it down to 2 charges and no jail time and I was told by 3 other attorneys in town I was looking at at least 5 years mr Rawls never promised I wouldn't go to jail but told me he would work very hard for me not to go to jail so I owe him everything now
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Posted by Matt | October 24, 2019
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Eben T. Rawls. Lawyer or...Magician?
Saved my life. He's a social genius, empath, master communicator and knows the laws and the system inside and out. Also knows and is highly respected by EVERYONE. You've found your attorney.
Posted by Craig | September 2, 2019
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Best defense lawyer in Charlotte
I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Eben Rawls to anyone in need of a lawyer for criminal defence. Mr Rawls not only understands the law he is also well respected in the court system in Charlotte. In addition to the legal aspect, Mr Rawls is a caring, understanding and compassionate man. I was kept informed every step of the way with my case and Mr Rawls answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. Mr Rawls was honest in his assessment of my case and made the law clear to me from the outset. I am forever grateful to Mr Rawls for representing me.
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Posted by Nikki | April 26, 2018
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Eben works!
Eben did an excellent job handling my son’s case. His years of experience provided us with hope in a complicated case. Eben takes time out for his clients and understands how to unravel unique cases in order to get the most positive result possible. NT
Posted by Angela | April 19, 2018
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Angela penninger.
I want to think Mr.Rawls for the amazing job he did for me and my husband. Not only is he an amazing lawyer but also a wonderful friend. I would use him or his office any day. Thanks again EBEN. I cant think you enough for all you have done for us. Your the best.
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2018
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Great representation
Mr Rawls provided great representation and advise. This was my first time being accused and Mr Rawls was fantastic in walking me through the process. He eventually got my case thrown out of court. I would highly recommend him to anyone being accused.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2016
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Attorney and Legal Assistant
Working with Mr. Rawls and his legal assistant Stephanie Young were great to work with. I was kept well informed and they handled my case in a very professional manner. While I hope I do not have an attorney to represent me again in the near future, if the need arises I will surely use Mr. Rawls.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
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Amazing lawyer who truly listens and fights for you
I had a case where I was desperate for Mr. Rawls help. A lawyer from Womble Carlyle Lawfirm referred me to Eben Rawls. From day one Mr. Rawls and his Lawfirm fought for me. Mr. Rawls is an amazing lawyer who really takes each case personally. I'm over the moon with how he handled my case.
Posted by Michelle | April 6, 2015
wonderful attorney
Eban was invaluable in helping us through a very difficult time. After my boyfriend was involved in a serious accident and was induced into a coma, we didn't know which way was up. We were dealing with doctors, hospital bills and the overwhelming emotions involved in the gravity of his impending criminal charges. Eban waliked us through the process and immediately made us feel at ease. He answered our questions no matter how trivial and went above and beyond our expectations. He was professional and compassionate. You can feel that he truly cares about his clients and whatever the outcome would be you know it was the best you could get. You won't have to wonder is there more that could have been done. He truly is a "Super Attorney" and I recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
This man saved my life.
I recently got in trouble in Charlotte on a federal case for marijuana , which by itself is like a traffic ticket to MR Rawls. But when there is a gun involved, and me being a felon, the Feds picked up my case . I was facing a 25year sentence, because of 3/prior felony drug convictions. My life was over , I knew the law and all the lawyers I spoke to confirmed my knowledge of the law I was going to have to take a plea cause once the Feds got you on gun and drugs together your taking a plea ,every lawyer told me the best they could do was 10 years on a good day. I couldn't understand , how I could be facing a possible life sentence , for a legal gun and some marijuauna plants. Then my sister was told by a neighbor of hers to contact Eben Rawls, when he first came to see me in mecklyenburg county jail ,I was sitting on a 60.000 dollar bail. He came in the visiting room and said first things first we got to get you out of here, he was very confident, he said when I get out of the jail to come see him, the next morning i was in front of a judge ,and Mr Rawls, had my bail reduced from 60.000 dollars to 1500.00 dollars, and the way he did it let me know that this is the lawyer I have to have. He went at that prosecution like a tiger, using bail reduction cases on similar charges in the past, the prosecution was finished they couldn't come up with any good argument to keep my bail at 60.000 dollars , 5:00 pm that night I was back home. Starting to feel like maybe this lawyer can help me, it was like he really cared , which I can tell you 5 years later never doing another day in jail or prison and with 4 years probation on the federal charge, he cares , he is straight forward ,he keeps you well informed , and he was very reasonable considering the severity of my case. The man put life back into my family , and from the moment I hired him I knew there was hope. The last time I saw Mr Rawls, I asked him (what would you do if there was no one getting in trouble you would be without work) he said to me ,he would rather it that way, that man is loaded with integrity. If you are reading this review, no need to look any father for legal representation. Trust this reveiw, I'm not saying that he will get you probation, what I am saying is he will give you the best legal representation you could ask for and you will have a life beyond your trouble ,. Again this man saved my life , because he cares about his clients. Call him if your reading this review. Thankyou MR RAWLS.
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Posted by Scot | August 15, 2014
Best Lawyer In Charlotte and possibly the United States
I have had and continue to have an excellent experience dealing with Mr. Rawls. I highly recommend Mr. Rawls to anyone who needs legal representation. My Wife researched and found Eben Rawls. He is straight forward, honest and gets results. Even though I have felt from time to time like I have to leave things up to him without much feedback, it doesn;t matter because he delivers the right results. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to have worked with Mr. Rawls.
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Posted by boyd | February 12, 2013
eben rawls is an excellent criminal defense lawyer
Mr. Rawls is one of the best lawyers in Charlotte. He is excellent and I recommend him to anybody with a criminal charge, both state and federal. I was highly impressed with his skills when he represented me a few years back.
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Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, PLLC
  • 1985 - Present


  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts cum laude
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • 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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  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Councilor 26th District (Charlotte)
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • N/A
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Past Chairman
  • 1996 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Best Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Board Certified Specialist Federal and State Criminal Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America in Non-White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers Award in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 2000
  • Member of Criminal Specialization Committe
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1997
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  • CLE Materials at speaking engagement
  • 101 Ways to Survive the Practice of Criminal Law
  • N/A
  • CLE materials at speaking engagement
  • Criminal Defense - Soup to Nuts
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Avvolution
  • Ethics of On line Delivery of Legal Services
  • 2018
  • Mecklenburg County Public Defender and court appointed attorneys Ethics seminar
  • Disciplinary Procedures of the State Bar
  • 2017
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE
  • 101 Ways to Survive the Practice of Criminal Law
  • N/A
  • Mountain Magic CLE
  • Criminal Defense - Soup to Nuts
  • N/A
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, CLE
  • Professionalism
  • N/A
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, CLE
  • Money Laundering and Cash Reporting Requirements
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Eben. He is a compassionate and zealous advocate. He is the attorney that the best attorneys try to emulate."
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"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!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Eben. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Charlotte Criminal defense Lawyer Eben T. Rawls III
Eben T. Rawls III
Criminal defense Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 44 years
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