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Melissa Hill

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Email: Melissa Hill
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Melissa Hill practices criminal and civil litigation, including civil rights, and family law, in state and federal courts. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984. She also attended law school at UNC, where she was admitted to the Order of the Coif, was on the North Carolina Law Review and received her J.D. with high honors in 1987. Ms. Hill joined Tharrington Smith in 1987 and is the author of Tennessee v. Garner – The Use of Deadly Force to  Arrest as an Unreasonable Search and Seizure, 65 N.C.L. Rev. 155 (1986);  and Branch Banking & Trust Company v. Wright – Creditors  Rights to Entireties Property Awarded to Nondebtor Spouse Upon Divorce,  64 N.C.L. Rev. 1471 (1986). She is active in Bar Association activities and has served as an officer on the Criminal Justice Council of the N.C. Bar Association. 

Ms. Hill was born and raised in Asheville, NC, where her father practiced law for over fifty years.   She is married and has one daughter, Eliza Jade.  She loves mountain biking in the Pisgah National Forest and the other parts of western and eastern North Carolina, and playing tennis.  In her free time, she also enjoys playing the guitar and piano, acquiring new musical tastes, gardening, cooking, and traveling.    

About Melissa Hill

First Admitted: 1987, North Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Melissa Hill has been listed in Best Lawyer in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar Section since 2010., Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2010

Educational Background

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - B.A., 1984

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Criminal Justice Section Council Secretary - North Carolina Bar Association, 1997
  • Member - Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, 1987
  • Member - North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member - Wake County Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Member - North Carolina Bar Association, 1991
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Officer - North Carolina Bar Association, 1992
  • Member - National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member - North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Vice President - North Carolina Bar Association, 2002
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Member - North Carolina Bar Association, 1995
  • Member - Association of Trial Lawyer of America
  • Member - North Carolina State Bar
  • Member - American Bar Association
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Office Location for Melissa Hill

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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