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11.2018 | Owen Co-Chairs NACDL Conference

Attorney Missy Owen co-chaired this year’s National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ “Zealous Defense of Sex Crimes” CLE in Las Vegas. For more information about Owen’s leadership role with NACDL, click here.

 
1.2018 | Four Firm Members Recognized as North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”

Courtney H. Smith, Jim Melo, Missy Owen, and Noell Tin were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina for 2018. Smith was recognized for her work in Family Law. Melo was recognized for his work in Immigration. Owen and Tin were recognized for their work in Criminal Defense.

 
1.2018 | Eight Firm Members Named as 2018 Super Lawyers

Eight members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers. In addition, Luke Largess was listed among the Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte and the Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina, and Missy Owen was listed among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina. Firm members listed for 2018 include:

Cheyenne N. Chambers (2018-present) (Rising Star)
John Gresham (2006-present)
Luke Largess (2011-present) (Top 100, Top 25 Charlotte)
Sam McGee (2012-present)
Missy Owen (2013-present) (Top 50 Women)
Matt Pruden (2014-2015, 2018-present)
Courtney H. Smith (2018-present) (Rising Star)
Adam Stein (2013-present)
Noell Tin (2008-present)

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

The lists are published in the latest issue of North Carolina Super Lawyers and will be featured in a special section in Charlotte magazine and also in The New York Times (North Carolina distribution).

To view this year’s lists (and past years’ lists), click here.

 
1.2018 | Jim Melo Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

In January 2018, Jim Melo joined the Raleigh Office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. Jim is a successful criminal defense and immigration attorney, defending numerous clients in removal proceedings, asylum cases, cancellation of removal cases, 212(h) cases, and various other forms of relief, as well as felony state and federal criminal matters throughout North Carolina.

 
6.2017 | Prosecutor Dismisses Davidson College Sexual Battery Case

Missy Owen represented a Davidson College student charged with sexual battery. An Assistant Mecklenburg District Attorney recently dismissed the misdemeanor case, citing a lack of evidence supporting the allegations of his campus accuser. Owen notes that her client “is grateful for the discretion used by the district attorney in dismissing the case.”

 
1.2017 | Eight Firm Members Named as 2017 Super Lawyers

Eight members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers. In addition, Missy Owen was listed among the Top 50 Women lawyers and Mike Klinkosum and Luke Largess was listed among the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina. Firm members listed for 2017 include:

John Gresham (2006-present)
Mike Klinkosum (2012-present) (Top 100)
Luke Largess (2011-present) (Top 100)
Sam McGee (2012-present)
Missy Owen (2013-present) (Top 50 Women)
Adam Stein (2013-present)
Jake Sussman (2014-present)
Noell Tin (2008-present)

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The lists are published in the latest issue of North Carolina Super Lawyers and will be featured in a special section in Charlotte magazine and also in The New York Times (North Carolina distribution).

To view this year’s lists (and past years’ lists), click here.

 
1.2017 | Five Firm Members Recognized as North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”

Mike Klinkosum, Luke Largess, Missy Owen, Jake Sussman, and Noell Tin were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina for 2017. Klinkosum, Owen, Sussman, and Tin were recognized for their work in Criminal Defense. Largess was listed for his work in Employment Litigation.

 
8.2016 | Eight Firm Members Recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Eight members of the firm were listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2017:

Margaret Errington: Employment Law (Individuals) (first listed in 2008)
John Gresham: First Amendment, Labor & Employment (first listed in 1995)
Mike Klinkosum: Criminal Defense (General Practice) (first listed in 2016)
Luke Largess: Employment Law (Individuals), Labor & Employment (first listed in 2014)
Adam Stein: Appellate Practice, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice (Plaintiffs), Personal Injury (Plaintiffs) (first listed in 1995)
Jake Sussman: Criminal Defense (White-Collar) (first listed in 2013)
Noell Tin: Criminal Defense (General Practice), Criminal Defense (White-Collar) (first listed in 2010)
Lane Williamson: Commercial Litigation (first listed in 2016)

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on Best Lawyers, click here:

 
1.2016 | Katy Parker Featured in NC Super Lawyers Magazine

NC Super Lawyers Magazine ran a feature article about Katy Parker, her prior experience at the NC-ACLU, and her work at Tin Fulton Walker & Owen.

 
1.2016 | Nine Firm Members Named as 2016 Super Lawyers

Nine members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers. In addition, Missy Owen and Katy Parker were listed among the Top 50 Women lawyers and Luke Largess was listed among the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina. Firm members listed for 2016 include:

John Gresham (2006-present)
Mike Klinkosum (2012-present) (Rising Stars: 2009)
Luke Largess (2011-present) (Top 100)
Sam McGee (2014-present) (Rising Stars: 2012-2013)
Missy Owen (2013-present) (Top 50 Women)
Katy Parker (2015-present) (Top 50 Women)
Adam Stein (2013-present)
Jake Sussman (2014-present)
Noell Tin (2008-present)

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The lists are published in the latest issue of North Carolina Super Lawyers and will be featured in a special section in Charlotte magazine and also in The New York Times (North Carolina distribution).

 
11.2015 | Mike Klinkosum and Missy Owen Present at NACDL Conference

Mike Klinkosum was a featured presenter at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers‘ 6th Annual Defending Sex Crimes Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Missy Owen was one of the organizers of the conference.

 
11.2015 | Firm Recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in 2016 “Best Law Firms”

The firm was recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in 2016 “Best Law Firms.” The firm received “Metropolitan Tier 1” recognition in Charlotte for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Employment Law: Individuals, and Litigation: Labor & Employment, and in Raleigh for Medical Malpractice Law: Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs. The firm received “Metropolitan Tier 2” recognition in Charlotte for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Litigation: First Amendment.

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on U.S. News, click here.

 
10.2015 | Emily Gladden Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

In October 2015, Emily Gladden joined the Raleigh office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. Formerly a public defender in New York, Emily will focus on criminal defense in state and federal courts.

 
9.2015 | Katy Parker & Jake Sussman Recognized as 2015 Leaders in the Law

Katy Parker and Jake Sussman were both recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as “Leaders in the Law” for 2015. The recognition goes to attorneys “who go above and beyond in their profession and their community” and “represent the most influential individuals within our state’s legal community.”

 
8.2015 | Eight Firm Members Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Eight members of the firm were listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016:

Margaret Errington: Employment Law (Individuals) (first listed in 2008)
John Gresham: First Amendment, Labor & Employment (first listed in 1995)
Mike Klinkosum: Criminal Defense (Non-White-Collar) (first listed in 2016)
Luke Largess: Employment Law (Individuals), Labor & Employment (first listed in 2014)
Adam Stein: Appellate Practice, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice (Plaintiffs), Personal Injury (Plaintiffs) (first listed in 1995)
Jake Sussman: Criminal Defense (White-Collar) (first listed in 2013)
Noell Tin: Criminal Defense (White-Collar), Criminal Defense (Non-White-Collar) (first listed in 2010)
Lane Williamson: Commercial Litigation (first listed in 2016)

In addition, Luke Largess was named Lawyer of the Year in the area of Employment Law (Individuals). According to Best Lawyers, only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as Lawyer of the Year.

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on Best Lawyers, click here.

 
4.2015 | Sussman Op-Ed in The Charlotte Observer

Jake Sussman’s op-ed about the criminal justice system ran in The Charlotte Observer on April 26, 2015.

 
4.2015 | Gen. Petraeus Receives Probation

On April 23, 2015, General David Petraeus, former military commander in the U.S. Army and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was sentenced to probation for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified information, a misdemeanor. Jake Sussman was a member of General David Petraeus’ defense team. Click here for media coverage of the case.

 
1.2015 | Ten Firm Members Named as 2015 Super Lawyers

Ten members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers:

John Gresham (2006-2015)
Mike Klinkosum (2012-2015) (Rising Stars: 2009)
Luke Largess (2011-2015)
Sam McGee (2014-2015) (Rising Stars: 2012-2013)
Missy Owen (2013-2015)
Katy Parker (2015)
Matt Pruden (Rising Stars: 2014-2015)
Adam Stein (2013-2015)
Jake Sussman (2014-2015)
Noell Tin (2008-2015)

Mike Klinkosum was also selected among the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Shirley Fulton has been named a Super Lawyer in previous years (2006, 2008-2009).

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The lists are published in the latest issue of North Carolina Super Lawyers and will be featured in a special section in Charlotte magazine and also in The New York Times (North Carolina distribution).

 
1.2015 | Mike Klinkosum Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Opens Raleigh Office

In January 2015, Mike Klinkosum opened the Raleigh office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. With almost 20 years of experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer, Mike is no stranger to legal battles. He will continue to handle criminal cases in state and federal courts.

 
1.2015 | Four Firm Members Recognized as “Legal Elite” in North Carolina

Luke Largess, Katy Parker, Jake Sussman, and Noell Tin were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina for 2015. Luke and Katy were recognized for their work in Employment Law, and Noell and Jake were listed for their work in Criminal Defense.

 
10.2014 | Katy Parker Honored by National Law Journal

Katy Parker was honored by the National Law Journal in a special report exploring the work of Carolina women in the law. In its feature called “Two Steps Forward,” the National Law Journal looked at people who have strived to advance the careers of women in corporate law and the legal profession in general — a persistent, formidable challenge. Based on interviews with attorneys, scholars and business professionals in the Carolinas, Katy was identified as someone who consistently has led efforts to help women move ahead in the law. Others honored included Linda McGee, Chief Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court. Click here to read Katy’s profile in the National Law Journal.

 
8.2014 | Six Firm Members Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Noell Tin, John Gresham, Luke Largess, Adam Stein, Jake Sussman, and Margaret Errington were all listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015.

Noell Tin was recognized in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar. John Gresham was recognized in the practice areas of First Amendment and Labor & Employment. Luke Largess was recognized in the practice area of Labor & Employment. Adam Stein was recognized in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs) and Personal Injury Litigation (Plaintiffs). Jake Sussman was recognized in the practice area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Margaret Errington was recognized in the practice area of Employment Law.

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on Best Lawyers, click here:

 
8.2014 | City “Dancehall” Ordinance Struck Down

Noell Tin successfully challenged the City of Charlotte’s “dancehall” ordinance as being unconstitutionally overbroad and vague. Noell’s client was arrested and charged with operating a dancehall without a permit after he hosted a Sweet 16 birthday party. Under the city ordinance, every establishment that (1) has music; (2) has space available for dancing or permits dancing to occur (whether dancing actually takes place or not); and (3) allows admission by payment of a direct or indirect charge, would need a permit. At trial, Noell showed that the city ordinance’s definition of “dancehall” was too vague, and broad enough to include museums, exercise facilities, movie theaters, yoga studios and indoor playgrounds. Noell also established that the ordinance was being enforced in a discriminatory manner — such that nearly 87% of those persons charged with operating a “dancehall” without a permit by the arresting officer involved were African-American, and that 93% of those charged were a racial minority. The court ruled that the ordinance’s definition of “dancehall” was unconstitutional.

 
1.2014 | Noell Tin, Missy Owen & Luke Largess Recognized as “Legal Elite”

Noell Tin, Missy Owen, and Luke Largess were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina. Noell and Missy were listed for their work in Criminal Defense, while Luke was recognized for his work in Employment Law.

For more about Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, click here.

 
10.2013 | Missy Owen and Jake Sussman Speak on Criminal Justice Issues in Asheville

Missy Owen co-chaired the NC Advocates for Justice‘s annual fall seminar in Asheville, a four-day continuing legal education event that drew attorneys from across the state. As one of the invited faculty, Jake Sussman presented during the plenary session with Henderson Hill, Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of Western Carolina, about the Brian Nichols death penalty trial. Their presentation was titled, “Finding a Narrative in Challenging Cases: Lessons from the Brian Nichols Trial.”

 
3.2013 | Not Guilty in Assault Trial

Missy Owen’s client R.Y. was found not guilty of assault by a Mecklenburg County jury.

 
2.2013 | Katy Parker Receives Norman Smith Award

Katy Parker received the Norman Smith Award at the ACLU of North Carolina‘s 44th annual Frank Porter Graham Awards Ceremony in Chapel Hill. The Norman Smith Award is presented by the ACLU-NC Board of Directors to someone who has volunteered extraordinary time and effort in service to the ACLU-NC and its Legal Foundation. As noted by the ACLU-NC:

During her six-year tenure as Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina, Katy Parker poured her heart and soul into protecting the rights of countless North Carolinians on issues ranging from free speech and religious liberty to racial justice, reproductive rights, and due process under the law. Parker helped to fight for third-party ballot access, to combat state laws restricting reproductive rights, to overturn the state’s unconstitutional anti-profanity law, and much more. She won a landmark case reaffirming that invocations delivered at government meetings must be nonsectarian. Parker built the ACLU-NC’s legal program into a powerful force for liberty and currently serves on its Legal Committee.

Other 2013 honorees include Deborah Weissman (Frank Porter Graham Award), Rev. Dr. William Barber, II (ACLU of North Carolina Award), James E. Ferguson, II (Paul Green Award), and Jen Jones (Sharon Thompson Award).

 
1.2013 | Noell Tin Again Listed Among Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for 2013

Noell Tin was named to Business North Carolina’s 2013 Legal Elite, marking the sixth time he has been listed for criminal law.

 
1.2013 | Not Guilty Verdicts in Public Corruption Trial

Noell Tin and Sarah Bennett secured not guilty verdicts in Rutherford County on behalf of their client, a former public works director for the Town of Forest City who was charged with 12 felony counts of embezzlement from the town.

 
12.2012 | Casi Clontz’s Life Sentence is Vacated and she is Released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections

Casi Clontz’s sentence of life imprisonment, which she received when she was a teenager, was vacated by the Honorable Theodore Royster in Stanly County on December 19, 2012. At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Royster ordered from the bench that Casi be immediately released from custody. At the time of her release, Casi had spent 18 years in North Carolina’s Department of Corrections.

Casi was 15-years-old in 1993 when she and her mother were charged with hiring another teenager to kill Casi’s abusive step-father. The State charged both Casi and her mother with First Degree Murder, cut a deal with the shooter, and tried both mom and daughter before a death-qualified jury in Stanly County. Both were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The shooter was released from prison in 2009.

Jake Sussman was appointed by North Carolina’s Indigent Defense Services to investigate whether recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court about sentencing teenagers to life imprisonment provided an avenue for relief for Casi. After extensive investigation and retaining a forensic psychologist and legal expert to support a claim that Casi’s trial lawyer had been ineffective at trial, Sussman filed a Motion for Appropriate Relief in Stanly County that challenged Casi’s conviction and sentence.

 
10.2012 | Katherine Lewis Parker Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Opens Wilmington Office

Katherine Lewis Parker, former Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC), has joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in opening its Wilmington office. Katy’s practice will focus on civil rights matters, with an emphasis on police misconduct cases. The Wilmington office, located at 228 North Front Street, Suite 201, will also focus on criminal defense and employment discrimination cases.

 
8.2012 | Noell Tin, John Gresham, and Jake Sussman Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2013

Noell Tin, John Gresham, and Jake Sussman were listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2013. Noell Tin has been recognized since 2010 by Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. John Gresham has been listed by Best Lawyers in Litigation – First Amendment and Litigation – Labor & Employment every year since 1995. This year marks the first time that Jake Sussman was listed by Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense: White-Collar.

For 30 years, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded by both the legal profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. The new 2013 Best Lawyers in America list is based on a rigorous national survey involving more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on Best Lawyers, click here.

 
8.2012 | Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s Pro Bono Representation of Occupy Charlotte Defendants Results in Acquittals

Over the course of two trials in Mecklenburg County District Court, Jake Sussman secured not guilty verdicts for four defendants arrested in January 2012 following the enforcement of a controversial “anti-camping” ordinance that was passed in response to the Occupy Charlotte movement.

 
8.2012 | William G. Simpson Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in its Chapel Hill Office

William Simpson brings over 25 years of litigation experience in the areas of medical negligence, criminal defense, and civil and constitutional rights. Prior to joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, William was 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, North Carolina, William attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and law school. William received the Norman B. Smith Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina in 1994.

 
6.2012 | Sarah Bennett Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in its Charlotte Office

Sarah Bennett joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen after having spent a previous summer clerking for the firm. During law school, Sarah also clerked for the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office and Wake County Public Defender’s Office. Sarah’s practice with the firm will focus on criminal defense in state and federal courts. Raised in North Carolina, Sarah graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a staff member of the First Amendment Law Review and Vice President of the American Constitution Society. During law school, Sarah was involved in a number of pro bono projects with North Carolina Prisoners Legal Services, the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, the Election Protection Project, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and UNC’s Pro Bono Divorce Clinic.

 
5.2012 | Noell Tin Appointed to Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System Task Force

Noell Tin was appointed by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice to be a member of its Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System Task Force. The group has begun to examine Department of Justice and Department of Corrections data in anticipation of proposing the development of a stand-alone independent Commission involving all stakeholders in the criminal justice system to continue to study disparities and recommend appropriate action.

 
5.2012 | Mark J. Kleinschmidt Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in its Chapel Hill Office

Mark Kleinschmidt joins the firm’s Chapel Hill office after serving six years as the Executive Director of the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham. At Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Mark’s practice will primarily focus on criminal defense in both state and federal courts.

While the Executive Director at the Fair Trial Initiative, Mark 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, where, among other successes, he helped exonerate North Carolina death row inmate Levon “Bo” Jones.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mark taught high school at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1997. Mark also serves as Mayor of Chapel Hill, having been elected in 2009 and re-elected 2011.

 
9.2011 | Noell Tin’s Client is Exonerated After 10 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Noell Tin successfully proved that Kenneth Kagonyera was innocent of a murder for which he had been imprisoned for over a decade. The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, which investigates and evaluates post-conviction claims of factual innocence, had recommended a hearing for Kagonyera and his co-defendant Robert Wilcoxson after both men had served close to 11 years for the murder. The matter was tried before a 3-judge-panel in Buncombe County Superior Court in September 2011. Evidence included testimony that DNA evidence, which had been withheld from prior defense counsel, implicated another individual in the murder. The panel also heard testimony that another man had confessed to the murder and that this confession had not been disclosed by the State. On September 22, 2011, the 3-judge-panel found Kagonyera and Wilcoxson, who was represented by Chris Fialko of Rudolf Widenhouse & Fialko, innocent of the murder and ordered that they be set free.

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8.2011 | Noell Tin and John Gresham Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2012

Noell Tin and John Gresham were listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2012. Noell Tin has been recognized since 2010 by Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. John Gresham has been listed by Best Lawyers in Litigation – First Amendment and Litigation – Labor & Employment every year since 1995.

For 30 years, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded by both the legal profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on Best Lawyers, click here.

 
1.2011 | John Gresham and Jake Sussman Join Tin Fulton Walker & Owen