Over the past decade, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen has emerged as one of North Carolina’s leading law firms, a multi-faceted group of attorneys capable of handling all manner of cases across the state. With offices in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Wilmington, the firm represents clients in criminal and civil matters in both state and federal courts. The lawyers at the firm, many of whom are recognized in peer-reviewed surveys as elite litigators in their respective fields, are highly respected and experienced advocates who have handled some of the most challenging and difficult cases.
The firm began in 2002 when Noell Tin hired Missy Owen to help him with a bustling criminal practice. A few years later, Matthew Pruden joined the firm as its client base continued to grow. The firm expanded into civil litigation in 2006 with the addition of former Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Shirley Fulton and, soon thereafter, civil practitioner Nancy Walker. In the fall of 2008, the firm relocated from uptown Charlotte to the historic Villalonga house in Dilworth.
The firm has since become home to Margaret Errington, John Gresham, Luke Largess, William Simpson, Adam Stein, Jake Sussman and Jon Wallas; all former members of the historic civil rights firm Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter, where Tin first got his start as a young lawyer. Mark Kleinschmidt, the Mayor of Chapel Hill and a longtime capital defense attorney, joined the Chapel Hill office in 2012. In 2013, Sam McGee and former Special Superior Court Judge Lane Williamson joined the Charlotte office, bringing extensive trial experience in complex civil litigation and business matters. In 2015, criminal defense specialist Mike Klinkosum opened the firm’s Raleigh office. He was later joined by Emily Gladden, who also focuses on criminal defense. Most recently in 2017, Courtney Smith joined the firm adding family law as a practice area. Courtney is a board certified specialist in family law.
The firm’s current practice areas include Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense, Personal and Catastrophic Injury, Medical Negligence, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Employment and Labor, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law, Professional Liability, Family Law and Business Litigation.
Replete with skillful trial lawyers, the firm has a remarkable record of successful advocacy in state and federal courts. Proud of its zealous approach to advocacy and litigation, Tin, Fulton Walker & Owen boasts an unparalleled combination of experience and skills in a wide range of practice areas.