Melissa Hill

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
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (90%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Melissa Hill is a native of  Asheville, North Carolina. 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 honors in 1987.

    Ms. Hill  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).

    Ms. Hill joined Tharrington Smith in 1987 and practices criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts  in North Carolina as well as in other states.  She has earned the top rating (AV®) in Martindale Hubbell. She is a member of the  North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American, North Carolina, and Wake County bar associations, and formerly served as an officer on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council.

    About Melissa Hill

    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

    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

    Educational Background:

    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - B.A., 1984
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    Office Location for Melissa Hill

    150 Fayetteville St.
    Suite 1800
    Raleigh, NC 27601

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    Last Updated: 8/3/2020

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