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C. Melissa Owen

Criminal defense Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   1 review

also known as C. Melissa Owen, Missy Owen

  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 21 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 24 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1999
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Federal criminal defense, State felonies and misdemeanors. Focus on white collar investigations, securities/ investment fraud, and sex offense charges.

    24 years

  2. Sex crime
    Defense of all sex related allegations including computer based offenses.

    24 years

  3. Federal crime

    24 years

  4. Juvenile law

    24 years

  5. White collar crime

    24 years

Missy Owen always wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer. The daughter of Pittsburgh defense attorney John Knorr, Missy grew up with the practice of criminal law in her blood. Missy has practiced criminal law exclusively since moving to Charlotte in 2002, where she met Noell Tin and joined what was then his solo practice. Their legal partnership was the first brick laid in the building of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen.

Missy represents clients in state and federal courts across North Carolina, handling cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. Missy has particular expertise in white collar and sex offense cases, where she has represented clients in the pre-indictment phase, at trial, and on appeal. She also represents clients in regulatory proceedings involving the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

In white collar matters, Missy’s keen ability to analyze and digest complex business arrangements and transactions enables her to quickly assess a client’s circumstances and provide immediate guidance. In sex offense matters, she regularly works with forensic experts and consultants to aggressively investigate allegations. As a consequence of her approach to these challenging cases, some of Missy’s clients are never ultimately prosecuted.

Missy is a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, serves on PTO Board at Saint Patrick Catholic School, and is an active member of the Dilworth Neighborhood Development Association. In 2013, Missy joined the board of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc.


301 E. Park Avenue
Charlotte, NC, 282-3

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Posted by Chris | July 11, 2014
Best White Collar Attorney in Charlotte
Missy represented me in a white collar federal case. She made me feel very comfortable from the beginning and made sure that this conviction had "as little impact as on your life as possible," in her words. Whenever I called to speak with her, she would speak with me immediately and inform me of what was going on, and if she wasn't in the office then she would come to the jail personally to see me. In the event that she just could not make it, another attorney from the firm would come see me. She carefully reviewed my case with the intention of taking it to trial even though I knew that would not ultimately happen. With the exception of hardened criminals, being persecuted by the federal government is a very stressful situation, and it is important that you find an attorney that truly care about your case and about what happens to you. Professional, caring, attentive, intelligent and thorough, Missy Owen is all of these things.
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • John Knorr Law
  • 1999 - 2002


  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • 1999
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • N/A


  • North Carolina State Bar, Ethics Committee
  • Advisory Board
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers North Carolina
  • 2013
  • Candace Reidbord Erhenworth Award
  • Duquesne University
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Motions In Criminal Cases- New Approaches to Zealous Representation
  • Motions for Mis(Identification)
  • 2011
  • Defending Sex Offense and Child Pornography Cases
  • Utilizing Experts in Child Pornography Cases
  • 2011
  • Federal Criminal Law Review
  • Grand Jury Subpoena Response- Panel
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse C.
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is knows the law and advocates passionately for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carole. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Excellent attorney! Outstanding commitment to her clients and the quality of her practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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