Margaret Errington was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law and clerking for the Honorable Herbert W. Wilkins in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Margaret joined Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter in Charlotte, where she practiced for over two decades. Throughout her career, Margaret’s practice has concentrated in the areas of civil rights, employment law, and medical negligence. Margaret retired from Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter in 2011 and subsequently became of counsel with Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2012, where she continues to do appellate work. Margaret has been recognized … Continue reading


The Honorable Shirley L. Fulton is perhaps the most recognizable figure in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, having spent over 20 years in the court as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Resident Superior Court Judge, District Court Judge and Assistant District Attorney. While on the bench, Shirley led the courts in developing a system-wide strategic plan, successfully campaigned for bonds to build the current Mecklenburg County Courthouse, and developed programs to address the needs of non English speaking court participants. A well-respected community leader, Shirley has served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Task Force, as Chair of the Board of Advisors for … Continue reading

Gladden, Emily (Oct. 2015)

Emily joined the firm in 2015 after practicing as a public defender in New York City. Her practice focuses on criminal defense in state and federal courts. During law school at UC Berkeley Law School, Emily worked at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office. She spent her law school summers at the Orleans Public Defenders Office in New Orleans and the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. Emily also participated in the Death Penalty Clinic and the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, represented middle and high school students facing expulsion, and co-directed and participated … Continue reading


John Gresham began his law practice in Charlotte in 1976 following two years of service as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge James B. McMillan in Charlotte. Gresham, as he is known to both colleagues and clients, was a partner with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter until joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2011. Gresham’s practice focuses on employment and labor litigation, public employee rights, constitutional law, personal injury, and general civil litigation. Gresham has devoted a significant part of his career representing public school teachers and UNC employees. He has been listed in Best … Continue reading


Mark Kleinschmidt joined the firm in 2012 after serving six years as the Executive Director of the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham where he represented inmates on North Carolina’s death row and recruited and trained young attorneys to become capital trial lawyers. Prior to leading the Fair Trial Initiative, Mark spent six years as a staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. Mark’s work representing exonerated North Carolina death row inmate Levon Jones is featured in John Temple’s book, The Last Lawyer. He is a regular faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Southeastern Regional Program. … Continue reading

Klinkosum, Mike (Oct. 2015)

Mike Klinkosum’s standard for being a defense lawyer is simple: “A good lawyer represents clients, but a great lawyer fights for people.” With almost 20 years of experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer, Mike is no stranger to legal battles. Having defended thousands of people, charged with crimes ranging from minor infractions to capital murder, Mike has fought for the accused in numerous trials and hearings as lead counsel. He has defended business people, military officers, school teachers, engineers, and law enforcement officers. He has fought on behalf of those with the means to defend themselves, as well as … Continue reading


Luke Largess joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2009 after 18 years as a partner at Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter. One of eight children in a Navy family, Luke graduated cum laude from Duke University and worked as a teacher, social worker and carpenter before entering law school at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1990. While at Chapel Hill, Luke was inducted into the Davis Honor Society and the University’s Order of the Golden Fleece. He received the Student Pro Bono Award from the North Carolina State Bar for helping start the North Carolina Legal Education … Continue reading


Sam McGee joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2013. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Yale Law School, and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Sam began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Morris S. Arnold on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit in Little Rock, Arkansas. Following his clerkship, Sam returned to his home state of North Carolina and has been representing individuals and small businesses ever since. Sam’s practice has included many complex litigation matters in the areas of nursing home abuse and neglect, professional negligence, appeals, class actions, business … Continue reading


C. Melissa “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 … Continue reading


Katy Parker joined the Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2012, after serving six years as the Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where she directed the ACLU’s legal program for the entire state of North Carolina. During her tenure at the ACLU-NC, Katy argued and won several cases at the state and federal level, including a religious discrimination case in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. While at the ACLU-NC, Katy taught CLEs and litigated cases related to issues ranging from free speech and freedom of religion, police misconduct, racial profiling, LGBT rights, to … Continue reading


Since joining the firm in the summer of 2005, Matt Pruden has been defending clients in state and federal courts across North Carolina. Matt’s practice covers the full spectrum of criminal matters, including drug trafficking and conspiracy cases in federal court, and homicide and sex offenses in state court. Matt prides himself on effectively representing people from all walks of life. In recent years he has represented a physician who was never charged after a lengthy Medicare fraud investigation, successfully defended public school employees against a variety of criminal charges, and obtained a plea offer to a probationary sentence for … Continue reading


William Simpson joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2012, bringing over 25 years of litigation experience in the areas of medical negligence, criminal defense, and civil and constitutional rights. Prior to joining the firm, William worked as a staff attorney and legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (1986-1993), assistant public defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia (1993-2000), and partner with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter (2000-2012). A native of Columbia, William attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and law school. William is the author of The … Continue reading


Adam Stein joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2012. One of the founding partners of the nationally acclaimed law firm Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter, Adam was a principal architect of that firm’s litigation strategy as it helped define and strengthen civil rights jurisprudence in North Carolina and across the country starting in the late 1960s. Today, Adam principally focuses on cases involving medical malpractice and civil rights. Adam has been long been recognized for his efforts to provide fair representation to all citizens, and has worked tirelessly to fight discrimination and promote fairness and equality in cases … Continue reading


Born and raised in New York City, Jake Sussman received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2002, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. Following law school, Jake clerked for the Honorable Ellen B. Burns, United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut. Jake then moved to North Carolina and practiced with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter before joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2011. Jake’s practice primarily focuses on criminal defense in federal and state courts. He handles all manner of cases, from “white collar” crimes to drug conspiracies to … Continue reading


Noell Tin cites the opportunity to champion the cause of the individual targeted by the government as the source of his tireless professional commitment. Since he started practice in 1994, Noell has represented clients in over 40 North Carolina counties and the three federal districts in North Carolina, as well as federal courts in New York, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina. He has successfully defended clients in state and federal jury trials and secured impressive victories in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Noell has also successfully petitioned the … Continue reading


Nancy Walker is a skilled litigator with more than 20 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. Nancy’s practice areas include personal injury litigation, insurance coverage disputes, business litigation and criminal defense. Nancy has successfully tried over 100 jury trials in courts throughout North Carolina and has argued cases in appellate court. She also has negotiated numerous large settlements for clients before having to proceed to court. She was recognized by her peers as a “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the … Continue reading


Jon Wallas joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in the spring of 2012. Before joining the firm Jon practiced with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter for nearly four decades, litigating some of the most important civil rights cases across the state and country. Today Jon maintains a general civil practice with a focus on employment and labor matters. Jon has tried numerous employment discrimination cases, including many class actions, in federal courts. In the 1970s, he participated in a number of felony jury trials, including two capital cases. He has also tried cases involving the First Amendment, personal injury … Continue reading


Lane Williamson comes to the firm after serving as a Special Superior Court Judge. As a judge, he held court in more than two dozen counties, and presided over a variety of criminal and civil cases. Widely respected for his fairness, temperament and legal ability, he frequently was chosen by all sides for special assignment to complex civil cases. While Lane focuses on alternative dispute resolution, attorney disciplinary matters and complex business litigation, he has handled all kinds of civil cases during a long career in private practice. He enjoys the creative challenge of the one-of-a-kind case, and recalls fondly … Continue reading