Berkeley Law School, University of California J.D. 2014

University of Cambridge, Masters in Criminology 2011

Williams College, B.A., 2007

Bar & Court Admissions

North Carolina

New York

U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

White Collar Defense

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers: Rising Star Awards
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2020
  • Berkeley Law School, American Jurisprudence Award
  • Berkeley Law School, Outstanding Attorney Award, Bales Mock Trial Competition
  • Berkeley Law School, Co-director Juvenile Hall Outreach
  • Berkeley Law School, Co-director Expulsion Representation Clinic
  • Berkeley Law School, Board Member Advocates for Youth Justice
  • Berkeley Law School, Member Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
  • University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Williams College, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Williams College, Magna Cum Laude
  • Williams College, Co-captain Varsity Lacrosse, All Around Lacrosse Award, Scholar-Athlete Award, NESCAC All-Academic Team


Wake County Bar Association

Emily Gladden

Emily Gladden is a fighter. She practices in state and federal courts across North Carolina representing clients facing charges ranging from low-level misdemeanors to sex offenses, murder, and white-collar offenses. She has also consulted for one of the world’s leading investment firms. Her practice also includes appeals, post-conviction proceedings, and parole hearings. Emily was selected by her peers as a Rising Star in criminal defense in Super Lawyers for 2020 and 2021.

Emily cares deeply about her clients and approaches them with empathy and compassion, understanding the high stakes in criminal cases. She is known for thorough preparation and maintaining close contact with her clients throughout every stage of the case. Many of Emily’s cases are complex. As a result, she has worked with a wide range of experts including doctors, accident reconstructionists, psychologists, and forensic computer experts.

Emily has won freedom for clients who have been sentenced to prison. In 2019, she argued her client’s innocence and succeeded in overturning his conviction for second-degree murder, which freed her client just a few years into his 15 – 19-year sentence. In another post-conviction case involving an armed robbery conviction, she was able to secure her client’s release ten years early. Emily also provides pro bono representation at parole hearings to juveniles sentenced to life in prison through UNC Law School’s Juvenile Parole Project.

Prior to joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2015, Emily worked as a Staff Attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York City. Managing a caseload of close to 100 clients, she was in court every day advocating for their constitutional rights and basic human dignity. Her legal training also includes work at criminal defense offices across the country, ranging from San Francisco to New Orleans to Washington, DC.

Emily Gladden is a graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, where she received numerous awards and directed multiple student groups in the area of criminal defense. Prior to law school, Emily earned a Masters Degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge in England on a Gates Scholarship. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Williams College.

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