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.
The firm is home to some of the most talented and respected criminal defense attorneys in the state of North Carolina. The firm represents individuals facing nearly every type of criminal charge whether during pre-indictment investigation, at trial, or on appeal. With active state and federal court practices across North Carolina, the firm’s attorneys are highly regarded for their tenacity, aggressive approach to early investigation, thorough case preparation and litigation skills. The firm’s attorneys have had tremendous success in some of the most challenging and hotly contested criminal cases.
WHITE COLLAR DEFENSE
The firm represents both individuals and businesses in a wide range of federal and state criminal matters as well as in regulatory matters involving agencies such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Representing CEOs, doctors, lawyers, mortgage brokers, entrepreneurs, Internet marketers and others facing allegations such as mail fraud, embezzlement, health care fraud, obstruction of justice, and tax evasion; the firm has extensive experience in handling every type of white-collar prosecution brought through the state and federal courts of North Carolina.
PERSONAL & CATASTROPHIC INJURY
The firm represents individuals who have suffered personal or catastrophic injuries from motor vehicle and trucking related accidents, distracted drivers, faulty products, negligent maintenance of premises and other injury-causing events.
The firm represents individuals who are injured by negligent health care providers. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of medical malpractice claims, including misdiagnoses, birth injuries and surgical errors.
NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT
The firm represents individuals and their families in matters where a nursing home facility’s abusive or negligent conduct results in injury or death.
CIVIL RIGHTS & CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
The firm’s attorneys are highly experienced litigators in the areas of civil rights and constitutional law. They have been involved in cases ranging from school desegregation, freedom of speech, due process, the Fourth Amendment, discrimination and law enforcement misconduct. With a host of successes at the trial court level, the firm’s attorneys have also litigated seminal cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
EMPLOYMENT & LABOR
The firm’s attorneys are highly regarded for their extensive experience and expertise in representing individuals in employment and labor matters. The firm’s lawyers in this practice area are recognized leaders in the field of employment discrimination and have represented clients from the filing of charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), through trial, and on appeal in state and federal courts.
The firm advises and represents individuals in administrative matters related to licensing, professional responsibility, and discipline. They have represented attorneys and judges in matters before the North Carolina State Bar, as well as educators in school board proceedings.
The firm regularly advises and represents businesses and business owners in business-related matters including contract disputes, torts, personnel matters and non-litigation transactions.
The firm practices all aspects of family law, including: collaborative divorce, separation and divorce, child custody (married and non-married parents, married and non-married same-sex parents, step-parent custody, grandparent custody, and other non-parent custody), child support, equitable distribution, post-separation support and alimony, legitimation and paternity, annulment, termination of parental rights, separation agreements, post-nuptial agreements, premarital agreements, civil domestic violence.
The firm handles an array of immigration matters before the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, the Department of State, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Administrative Appeals Office, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Such matters include removal proceedings, asylum, cancellation of removal, and 212(h) proceedings. The firm also assists with obtaining bonds from the immigration courts, as well as making clients eligible to obtain their legal permanent residency.