David S. Rudolf

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Rudolf Widenhouse
 | 225 E. Worthington Ave, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-859-8989
Fax: 704-335-0224
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Civil Rights (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney David S. Rudolf is a top-rated, award-winning trial lawyer who has a thriving legal practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. A staunch advocate for the rights and liberties of others, Mr. Rudolf devotes his time and resources to delivering the most effective counsel possible to his clients for their legal challenges involving any of the following:

·        Criminal defense

·        White collar criminal defense

·        College disciplinary hearings

·        Civil rights

·        Complex civil litigation

Mr. Rudolf began his legal career in New York, where he served as a public defender and became known for his work representing indigent clients. He eventually accepted a position to establish the Criminal Law Clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he worked to inspire up-and-coming attorneys with the rewards of serving those in need.

Heeding the call to get back into the courtroom, Mr. Rudolf then co-founded his private practice in 1982 with a colleague. For the past 36 years, he has proven himself an invaluable ally for the accused as well as for those who experienced a violation of their constitutional rights.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Rudolf has earned numerous accolades from his peers. Of note, he has received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America since 1993, and he has received the organization's Lawyer of the Year award for White Collar Defense and Criminal Defense in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He also holds designation from The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country, as well as a Top Lawyer rating in North Carolina.

A summa cum laude graduate of Rutgers University, Mr. Rudolf studied at the London School of Economics before returning to the U.S. to pursue his legal degree. He obtained his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1974.

He is admitted to practice in North Carolina and New York, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in his field, Mr. Rudolf has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars on a variety of legal topics. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among his other professional affiliations.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Civil Rights (40%): Police Misconduct

Business Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Police Misconduct

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

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About David Rudolf

Admitted: 1978, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://rwf-law.com/attorneys/david-rudolf/

Honors/Awards:

  • Fellow, American Board Of Criminal Lawyers, 1995
  • Best Lawyers in America (1993 – Present)
  • Business North Carolina
  • Top Lawyers in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Superlawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina
  • Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Criminal Defense
  • Lawyer of the Year 2013 – White Collar Defense

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Editorial Board, Trial Briefs, North Carolina Academy Of Trial Lawyers, 1990 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Chair, Criminal Law Section, North Carolina Academy Of Trial Lawyers, 1992 - 1993
  • Co-Chairperson, Nominating Committee, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991 - 1992
  • Board of Governors, North Carolina Academy Of Trial Lawyers, 1993 - 2001
  • Vice-Chair, Criminal Law Section, North Carolina Academy Of Trial Lawyers, 1990 - 1992
  • Vice-President for Public Affairs, North Carolina Academy Of Trial Lawyers, 1997 - 2001
  • Contributing Editor, The Champion, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1985 - present
  • Member, Nominating Committee, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - 1991
  • Member, Long-Range Planning Committee, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991 - 1992
  • Board of Directors, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1985 - 1991
  • Co-Chairperson, Long-Range Planning Committee, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1992 - 1993
  • Lawyers Assistance Strike Force, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, September 1983 - present
  • Co-chairperson, Amicus Committee, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1986 - 1988
  • Board of Directors, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1994 -2001
  • Editorial Board, Criminal Justice, American Bar Association, 1985 - 1990
  • Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Chairperson, Grand Jury Committee, American Bar Association, 1986 - 1988
  • Council, Criminal Justice Section American Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, MDNC
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, SDNY & EDNY
  • U.S. District Court, WDNC
  • U.S. District Court, EDNC
  • New York
  • North Carolina

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Strategic Planning In Criminal Cases, Raleigh, North Carolina; January 1997, “Grand Jury Practice: Joint Defense Agreements; Shadowing An Investigation, Effectively and Ethically; Multiple-Party Representation”
  • Speaker, Duke Energy, Government Investigation Procedures, Charlotte, North Carolina; May 2000, "Responding to Law Enforcement"
  • Speaker, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Persuasive Techniques for Public Service Lawyers Raleigh, North Carolina; January 1998, “Cross-Examination of Experts-When To Box Out & When To Go For the Jugular”
  • Speaker, United States Attorneys Office, Eastern District of North Carolina, DEA Drug Investigation, Fort Fisher, North Carolina: October 1998, "Cross Examination of the Drug Agent: A Defense Perspective"
  • Speaker, Utah Trial Lawyers Association, Jury Selection Seminar, Salt Lake City, Utah: October 1998, "Intelligent Voir Dire In A Criminal Case"
  • Speaker, Fourth Circuit Seminars, White Collar Crime: A "Primer" For the Civil Practitioner, Charlotte, North Carolina: February 1999, "Responding to Law Enforcement"
  • Panelist, American Psychological Association, Psychological Expertise and Criminal Justice, Washington, DC: October 1999, "Jury Selection & Jury Decision Making"
  • Speaker, Criminal Justice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, A Nuts & Bolts Guide For The Media, Charlotte, North, Carolina: December 1999, "Ethical Restrictions On Lawyers In Dealing With The Media"
  • Moderator, American Bar Association, ABA Criminal Justice Conference, Ethics Panel, Park City, Utah: March 2000
  • Speaker, United States Sentencing Commission, Federal Bar Association, Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminar, Clearwater Beach, "Plea Bargaining and Plea Agreements", Florida, May 2000
  • Speaker, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Aspen, Colorado; January 2001, “Trial Techniques”
  • Speaker, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Trial Tactics Seminar, Nashville, Tennessee; August 2000, “Responding to Law Enforcement”
  • Speaker, South Carolina State Bar, 19th Annual Criminal Law Update, Charleston, South Carolina; January 2004, “Why We Do What We Do”
  • Speaker, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Spring Meeting & Seminar, Fort Worth, Texas; May 2001, “Calling the State’s Star Rebuttal Witness During your Case”
  • Speaker, Fourth Circuit Seminars, Criminal Law Update 2001, Charlotte, North Carolina; December 2001, “Calling the State’s Star Rebuttal Witness During your Case”
  • Speaker, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Law & All That Jazz, New Orleans, Louisiana; April 2002, “Taking Risks at Trial; ‘I’m 286 Pounds, and I Could Rip You Limb From, Limb Like a Rag Doll - Calling the State’s Star Rebuttal Witness During, the Defense Case and Other Risky Business’”
  • Speaker, Fourth Circuit Seminars, Criminal Law Update 2002, Charlotte, North Carolina; December 2002, “Dealing Effectively With a Hostile, Indifferent, or Difficult Prosecutor”
  • Speaker, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Death Penalty Defense, Raleigh, North Carolina; January 2003, “Painting the Picture of Innocence and Maximizing Doubts About Guilt”
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Southeast Region Teaching Team, August 1978
  • Speaker, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, The Psychology of a Jury Trial, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; January 2005, “The Psychology of Picking a Jury"
  • Speaker, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Annual CLE, Portland, Maine; June 2005, “I’m 286 Pounds, and I Could Rip You Limb From Limb Like a Rag Doll:”, Cross-examining the Runaway Witness
  • Speaker, California Public Defenders Association, 23rd Annual Homicide Defense Seminar San Francisco, California; September 2005 Taking Risks at Trial: “I’m 286 Pounds, and I Could Rip You Limb From, Limb Like a Rag Doll,” - Cross-examining the Runaway Witness
  • National College for Criminal Defense, Houston, Texas; Trial Practice II, June, 1980
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia; June, 1985; June, 1986
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Trial Advocacy Clinic, Raleigh, North Carolina; October, 1988; October,1989; October, 1990; December, 1991; December 1992; December 1993
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Southeast Region Teaching Team, Team leader, May and August, 1980, May, 1981; May, 1982; May, 1983
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, July 1978 - July 1982
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Deposition Program, Southeast Region; Chapel Hill, N.C., March 1992
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Training Program, Death Penalty Resource Center Attorneys, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 1995
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, In-House Law Firm Training Programs, October 1990 - present.
  • Grand Jury Practice: The Minefield of Representing Multiple Witnesses
  • Dealing Effectively with a Hostile, Indifferent, or Difficult Prosecutor
  • The Government v. Your Life Savings – Forfeiture Without Due process
  • Ethical Issues in Cross-Examining and Impeaching Witnesses
  • Using Demonstrative Evidence Effectively
  • Painting the Picture of Innocence for the Jury
  • The Psychology of Jury Selection & Jury Decision Making
  • Prosecution Experts – Cross-Examination Techniques
  • Defense Experts: Evidentiary & Tactical Considerations for Direct Examination
  • Using Psychologists to Attack the Admissibility & Reliability of Confessions
  • Attorney-Client Privilege – Forcing Lawyers to Testify Against Their Clients
  • Defending Us All – Why We Do What We Do
  • The Causes of False Confessions & False Guilty Pleas
  • The Role of Plea Bargaining and Plea Agreements in the Criminal Justice System
  • Ethical Limits on Lawyers Dealing with the Media
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Law Education Institute, Inc.
  • Fourth Circuit Seminars
  • Duke Energy
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Utah Trial Lawyers Association
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • North Carolina Public Defender Conference
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • National Association of Federal Defenders
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association “Superstar Seminar”
  • Utah State Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Duke University School of Law
  • National Forensic College
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Southeast Regional
  • First Amendment Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Psychological Association

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Bridges v. City of Charlotte, 2017
  • Armstrong v. City of Greensboro, 2016
  • North Carolina v. Peterson, 2011
  • Wilcoxson v. Buncombe County, 2015
  • North Carolina v. Gay, 2014
  • Brown v. Isley, 2013
  • United States v. Nguyen, 2012
  • Gell v. Ransome, 2009

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers University, B.A. Summa Cum Laude
  • London School of Economics
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Office Location for David S. Rudolf

225 E. Worthington Ave
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28203

Phone: 704-859-8989

Fax: 704-335-0224

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Last Updated: 8/19/2019

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