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Kathleen Cunningham Clary

Criminal defense Attorney at CHARLOTTE, NC

5.0   96 reviews

also known as KATIE CLARY

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kathleen

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Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
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Kathleen Cunningham Clary
1011 E. MOREHEAD STREET
CHARLOTTE, NC, 28277

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Client's Choice 2022
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2023
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The best of the best!!
Sometimes life happens to you. You don't know what to do or who to call. I was given Katie Clary's number. Thank goodness! She treated me like more than a client. Katie is loved and respected even by the judges to the point they want to give her whatever she asks for. That is how good she is at her job. So now I'm going to do what someone did for me, pass the word! Hire her! Consult with her! She won't lead you wrong!
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2023
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The best of the best
Ms. Clary May be small but she is mighty! Her strategy did not disappoint in my case. She thinks outside the box and is completely honest with you. 10 out of 10 for sure.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2023
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The Real Life Olivia Pope! #itshandled
From the beginning of this legal process (after being referred to Katie from a trusted, astute lawyer), to hearing the verdict of my DWI and Unsafe driving charge being dismissed, to now starting the process of getting my charges expunged, I am soooo happy that I made the right choice in trusting Katie with my life! This was my first run in with the law, so I had an plethora of questions, yet Katie and her team always got back to me in a timely fashion and took the time to thoroughly explain all that I needed to know plus more. (Shout out to Stephanie!) From our initial meetings prior to court, Katie took the time to listen to perspective, the facts, took care of my urgent legal matters, and coached me through this waiting period in a way that was calming. Watching Katie represent me in front of the court took the experience that I was already appreciative of to another level! She represented me so well that it made me teary eyed in the moment! She knows her stuff, remembers all that you’ve shared, and is in it to win it! Literally, all I had to do was sit back and trust her. Once she won my case and I walked out of the courtroom, individuals who witnessed her represent me were walking up to me saying “You have a good lawyer”. That’s how well represented I was on Katie Clary’s behalf. So thankful for her and her team. With Katie, you’re getting the real life “Olivia Pope” experience! #itshandled
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2022
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Ms. Clary took care of everything
I followed her advice, did what she told me and my case was dismissed. She walked me thru the long process, explained everything and I was taken care of. Highly recommend her.
Posted by Randy | October 12, 2022
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Positive experience and service
I had an unfortunate situation involving a BUI on the lake. I contacted Kathy Clary's office and left message. I got a return call back from Ms Clary that day. We discussed my situation for at least 1.5 hours. I was impressed with her attention and details. The case wasn't heard for over 2 years due to the Pandemic. When the court date finally came Ms Clary and I had a brief telecom the day before and she remembered my case like it happened a week ago. When i arrive at court the next day Ms Clary told me her plan of approach and the results ended with a dismissal. Ms Cary did exactly what she said and kept me informed through out the process. Now working on the expungement. I was very please with my representation and results of a bad experience. Thanks
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Posted by MW | August 25, 2022
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Literally the Best of the Best.
I don’t know where to start but Ms. Katie literally saved me. I had gotten a Dwi and She saved me from everything that could have gone wrong. I had a lawyer in the past and he was supposedly top lawyer in Charlotte but he treated me like I was just another number and his whole staff was cold . I really regretted hiring him and wish I had Katie back then too. Ms. Katie is the total opposite and she made me believe there were actually attorneys out there who genuinely cares and literally fight for you. When talking to her on the phone the first time she was so detail oriented and wanted to know everything. She assured me not to worry and discussed with me of any possible outcome in court and also a plan for after. Her assistant also is AMAZING. She will keep you updated on everything all the time and super quick response when I had questions and was worried. When I read Ms. Katies reviews I thought almost too good to be true but wow everything people had said about her was the truth!! She will fight for you till the end and she has such a tough voice. I was sure I wasn’t going to win my case 100% but literally the next day after my court she called and told me we WON. She literally saved me from my career and personal life and I am so so thankful for her I am speechless. I will always be grateful for her and will speak nothing but amazing things about her!
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2022
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Wonderful attorney
Katie Clary did everything she said she was going to do for me regarding my case. She is attentive, keeps her word, and does her research. My DUI was dismissed and my life is now back on track. If you need solid representation then contact Katie Clary!
Posted by Chad | July 22, 2022
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Top notch lawyer
Miss clary does at great job at what she does.she got two of my cases throwed out I highly recommend
Posted by Jorge | October 1, 2021
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Simply Amazing
Ms. Clary has done an excellent job representing me. Had my charges dismissed and I am very great for her. She will fight to the very end. I have talked to many lawyers before her name came in. And the others were just treating me like just a number. And some of them I remembered their names and when I saw them in the court room representing other I knew I had made the right choice in going with clary and not them. I would recommend her to anyone who is need of help. When you first call her you know you made the right call. She jus doesn’t go for the touchdown or the field Goal, she will also go for that fumble if I can put it football terms. She was great to work with. Oh thank you to Stephanie as well for being their to answer or get any answers I need when Ms. Clary was not available.
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Posted by Ibrahim | September 28, 2021
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Perfect Representation
Ms. Clary has done an amazing job representing me, saved me from a life or death situation in essence. Dismissed all the charges against me. I am very grateful for her and office. I have talked to at least 5 different lawyers, Ms. Clary was referred to me by a friend. Without even talking about her cost and all, without knowing if she will have my business or not, she devoted 2-3 hours of her time listening to me, learning about all the details about what happened. And here I am with all the charges being dismissed! I am so grateful for you!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2021
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Thank You !
My lawyer defended me in a way that I could never imagine. She took into consideration my career and stayed very adamant on the the decisions that were made by the judge.
Posted by Cristian | August 11, 2021
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DWI: Found Not Guilty
In early 2019 I was involved in a peculiar dwi case and it was my very first time in any type of criminal trouble. I was very stressed the following days, but immediately felt better after my initial consultation with Ms. Clary. The consultation put me at ease as she asked very specific questions, answered all my questions, and informed me of things I was very unaware of. She took very detailed notes and I definitely felt confident in her ability to resolved my case after the consultation so I didn’t even consult with anyone else. I decided she was the right one and hired her. The date of my court case was eventually pushed back a few times and then pushed back a year further due to COVID, but Ms. Clary and her assistant made sure to keep me very updated. Once the actual court case was approaching on July 2021, I received a call from her to further explain what the plan of approach was for my case. I knew I had the best lawyer by my side, but I was completely blown away at how well she handled herself in the courtroom. I arrived a bit early and overheard prosecutors refer to my case as the “Clary case” instead of using my name so they must’ve known she’s a tough lawyer. The plaintiff’s table was made up of three attorneys and the arresting trooper behind them, while it was just Ms. Clary and I on the defendant’s table. I’ll admit that seeing 3 prosecutors was a bit intimidating, but Ms. Clary was completely unfazed by it. The level of preparedness she came with was outstanding. I noticed she brought along the very same notes she had taken during my initial consultation more than 2 years prior. She presented a precedent court case that even the judge was impressed by. She takes so many notes that even her pen was begin to go low on ink. I don’t much about criminal law, but even I can tell the the plaintiff’s table was not ready to go up against Ms. Clary. They were often times scrambling through their files in order to counter argue and even left them speechless a few times. One prosecutors in particular would turn red at the face because he could not counter argue against Ms. Clary’s evidence. Watching my court case play out in front of me, I felt I was in great hands. It was clear that my lawyer’s only goal was to win my court case, any other outcome was not an option. In the end she delivered exactly what she expected, finding me not guilty and having me expunged. She also informed me on what was next for me after being found not guilty. As we’re walking out, someone even tells her “every time I watch you, I learn something new”. That’s the type of lawyer everyone should want, one that’s a leader in her field and revered by her peers. I was more than delighted with the outcome she delivered, felt so much relief once the judge said “not guilty”. Hopefully I don’t find myself in any legal trouble again, but I’ll know who to depend in the future.
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Posted by Rashad | February 21, 2021
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Great law firm and a fantastic attorney.
Thr attorney put an effort to help me out i thank here a lot for everything, would be definitely my lawyer if god forbids i get in trouble.
Posted by Kaz | September 22, 2020
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Perfect game! Thank you.
Although my case should have been a trivial one for her, Ms. Clary's advance consultation was quite clear and assuring. On the day of hearing, she represented me perfectly with every advantageous information properly provided, which produced the best possible outcome for me. I was fortunate to call her asking to represent me in the first place. Her assistant, Stephanie, did a terrific job for me too. Thank you!
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Posted by Adonis Smith | August 12, 2020
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Kathleen Cunningham Clary - The Best Recommendation I received in 2yrs
My lawyer Katie Clary was phenomenal in defending me in a criminal case that was supposed to resolved several years ago. Mrs. Clary even doing an re-organization of the DA's office which delayed the process of her speaking with the DA office on my case. Katie kept me informed of the delays and how she was going to proceed with my case. She was very informative in letting me know the direction we were going to go in resolving my case and her words were very comforting. Mrs. Clary and her team Stephanie Young emailed and called me to get keep me updated with where we were in working with the DA's office. It took several months and she informed me all the time of what was going on. Katie went the extra mile with my case networking and researching my case and cases previous to mine. She was able to fine through her research of where the disposition was given years ago was a wrongful disposition. When she was able to get me a court date Mrs. Clary informed of the date with plenty of time for me to make arrangements to be in attendance. We met ahead of our court time and we went over my case. Katie was very prepared for all negative statements by the DA to keep my previous disposition. When we were in court Mrs. Clary stood tall and her statements and responses to the questions from the judge and DA were phenomenal. She was professional, confidence and in control of the situation and I could tell that Mrs. Clary for there for me (the client) and not the attorney fraternity. I was so impressed when Katie was speaking to the judge and the DA that I at times just was looking at Mrs. Clary and my mind was saying "wow". I was nervous but Katie gave me confidence that she was going to make sure my disposition would be changed and that I would be given a fair judgement. I felt like I was on the tv show NYPD or Criminal Justice...lol This woman who is short in height but tall in stature. Katie Clary is a beautiful and excellent attorney. I was recommending her and your legal team even before my court date because of the professionalism and being updated constantly during a DA re-organizing and a pandemic and I definitely recommend her now. Mrs. Clary was recommended to me through Mrs. Leazer-Rogers and it was the best recommendation I have been given in over 2yrs. Thank you Katie and your legal team for your help and professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2020
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Great
I hired Ms. Clary and she was able to quickly find me a drug and alcohol awareness class that was both helpful and not expensive. She was very quick to respond when I had questions and made sure my case was dismissed promptly.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2020
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Customer Experience
Ms. Clary was incredible. She returned my call the day I called her, to talk/learn about my case, and I hired her that day. She is very intelligent and realistic. Her team is also very nice. I would definitely recommend using them.
Posted by Chandler | March 3, 2020
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Phenomenal service!
Kathleen clary provided exactly what you would expect from a lawyer and more. From start to finish she was vigilant in Assuring I was up to date on what was unfolding regarding the case against me. She made it clear every step of the way the options I had and made me feel confident and safe with my decisions. She actively reviewed tapes and read dialogue between the officers and I to ensure My rights were not violated, and when violation presented itself, she worked tirelessly to expose such unjust actions. I could have not ask for a better Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2020
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Amazing lawyer! 10/10 would recommend
She was extremely nice and understanding. Did everything possible to help me with my situation, and communicated very well throughout the process. Would recommend her for any problems 100%
Posted by Robert | December 11, 2019
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Amazing
I contacted Mrs. Clary about my dui case. After we went to court several times, the prosecutor was told they had to try the case today. After Mrs. Clary talked the the officer and prosecutor, informing them they had no case, she called me outside the court room to let me know that my case was dismissed. Thank you so much for everything you did for me. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND HER SERVICES.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Associations

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Chairperson
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Charlotte Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Criminal Defense Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Excellence in Trail Advocay
  • Cali Award
  • 2001
  • Best Oralist
  • Moot Court National Competition
  • 2000
  • Honors
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Keys to a Masterful Cross Examination
  • 2018
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Cross Examination/Impeachment
  • 2018
  • Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Probable Cause; Probably Not
  • 2015
  • CLE
  • DWI, Criminal & Traffic Law Practice Tips
  • 2013
  • Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Checkpoints and Roadblocks; Navigating the Fourth Admendment withing Traffic Stops
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Working with Katie on cases is great as she is extremely knowledgable and a zealous advocate. I would recommend her to anyone that needs expert criminal defense help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Katie for several years as an attorney and former police officer. She is very sharp and I have seen her win many criminal defense cases. I endorse and recommend Katie!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie is the perfect balance of sweet southern belle and savage attack dog. If you are in trouble, this is the woman that you want on your side!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Katie Clary is an incredibly skillful and talented criminal defense attorney. She is articulate, thorough and creative. She’s a tenacious advocate for her clients and her work ethic is second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Katie is a force to be reckoned with in the criminal courts in Charlotte. She prepares ferociously, and is brave in pretrial motion hearings and trials. I rarely take on DWI cases anymore unless they are complex and Katie agrees to be co-counsel with me. Together we have succeeded in two such challenging cases recently."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been fortunate enough to work with Katie on a couple of cases. She is tough, detail oriented, and a fantastic trial attorney. She is also a great mentor to young attorneys like me and always makes herself available to answer my questions and help me learn. You can't go wrong with Katie!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Katie Clary in the same firm for about five years and have continued to observe her work in and out of the courtroom. She is a dedicated, thorough, and effective advocate for each of her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very personable and excellent advocate. Very elequent and sophisticated public speaking skills. I have seen her in front of the judge and I hope to soon achieve her level of advocacy. I would personally hire and can imagine she’s especially effective in front of a jury."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Clary. She is a keen advocate who zealously fights for her clients in court. Her demeanor is professional and she is highly regarded in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer.Katie Clary is one of the most naturally gifted trial lawyers I have had privilege to observe in my 37 years in the practice of law. Her preparation is exhaustive. Her zeal is readily apparent. Her skill and experience are superior. Her cross examinations should be taught in law schools. Her reputation is outstanding. She has other lawyers observing and taking notes at her trials. And finally, her results are amazing. She has won too many cases to count, many with what looked liked impossible facts to overcome. She has the "IT" factor that only a few talented lawyers possess. Her power of persuasion, to judge or jury, is outstanding. I unhesitatingly recommend Katie Clary to anyone who is in need of a lawyer. She cares deeply about her clients beyond just their legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Katie for two years (2012-2014) and have referred numerous clients to her since getting to know her in 2012. As a result, I've observed her and her work first-hand, and have heard back from clients who've hired her. She is everything a criminal defense attorney should be: calm and also passionate, with great instincts and also experienced, compassionate and also tough. Katie has a unique ability to connect with people -- clients, judges, opposing counsel, jurors -- something that is really key in this area of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie is an incredibly gifted and skilled advocate who dedicates herself to reaching the best outcome for every client she represents. She is a tremendous trial attorney who aggressively argues on behalf of her clients. I whole-heartedly endorse Katie."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katie Clary is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Charlotte. I have seen her pick apart the governments case and get her clients the best possible outcome. Their stress level seems to go way down after talking to Katie. She is an amazing attorney!"
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CHARLOTTE Criminal defense Lawyer Kathleen Cunningham Clary
Kathleen Cunningham Clary
Criminal defense Attorney
CHARLOTTE, NC
Licensed for 14 years