C. Melissa Owen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC
 | 301 E. Park Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-338-1220
Fax: 704-338-1312
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    C. Melissa Owen is a partner in Tin Fulton Walker & Owen PLLC, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Focusing her practice exclusively on criminal law, she represents clients throughout the Charlotte area who have been charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanors to homicide. Often handling matters through all stages of the process, from pre-indictment to trial and appeal, Ms. Owen has significant experience defending clients before state and federal courts who have been accused of white collar crimes or sexual offenses. She has also appeared before the Securities and Exchange Commission representing clients who have been accused of regulatory violations.

    A 1996 graduate of the University of Miami, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English, Ms. Owen attended Duquesne University School of Law, earning her law degree in 1999. Licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, she is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina.

    Always seeking to stay abreast of developments in her field, Ms. Owen is an active member of several professional organizations, including the North Carolina and Mecklenburg County bar associations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. A member of the board of directors of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc., an organization that provides representation to indigent defendants, she also serves her community as a member of the parent teacher organization board at St. Patrick Catholic School and as a member of the Dilworth Community Development Association.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Felony, Sex Offenses


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    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

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    About Melissa Owen

    Admitted: 2002, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage: https://www.tinfulton.com/attorneys/c-melissa-missy-owen/


    • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina, 2016
    • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014
    • US News and World Report
    • Candace Reidbord Erhenworth Award, Duquesne University School of Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Pennsylvania, 1999
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2002
    • Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • Criminal Justice Act Panel, Western District of North Carolina
    • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1999
    • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Co-Chair NACDL Defense of Sex Crimes Conference, 2015
    • Board, Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc., 2013
    • North Carolina, 2002
    • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2002
    • Co-Chair, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers: Criminal Defense Section, 2011 - 2012
    • North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee- Advisory Member, 2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Dilworth Neighborhood Development Association
    • PTO Board, Saint Patrick Catholic School
    • Member, St. Peter's Catholic Church

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Motions Practice, ABA Securities Fraud Conference, 2013
    • Examination of Forensic Experts in Criminal Cases, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2013
    • Motions for Mis(Identification), North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2011
    • Utilizing Experts in Child Pornography Cases, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
    • Grand Jury Subpoena Responses, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2010
    • Speaker, Defending Sex Crimes in the Modern Age, Rowan County Bar, 2015
    • Speaker, Defending Child Pornography Cases, Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, United States of America, B.A. in English, 1996
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    Office Location for C. Melissa Owen

    301 E. Park Avenue
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    Phone: 704-338-1220

    Fax: 704-338-1312

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    Last Updated: 6/1/2021

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