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David R. Teddy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Shelby, NC

Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC
1219 Fallston Road
Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: 704-815-5748
Fax: 704-487-1251
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Certified as a specialist by the North Carolina State Bar in criminal law, David R. Teddy has made a name for himself as a hard-working and diligent trial lawyer.  Co-founder of Teddy Meekins & Talbert, PLLC, Mr. Teddy defends clients throughout Western North Carolina who are facing serious criminal charges ranging from Driving While Impaired to First Degree Murder.  In 2017, Mr. Teddy received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. State Bar.

Mr. Teddy studied marketing at the University of Tennessee and graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He then attended Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh. During law school, Mr. Teddy was a member of the National Moot Court team and president of the Student Bar Association. He made such an impact that the Student Bar Association created an award named in his honor.  The "David R. Teddy Innovative Leadership and Service Award" is given each year to an exceptional Campbel Law Student that demonstrates a keen sense of leadership and service to the school.

After receiving his Juris Doctor in 1988, Mr. Teddy was admitted to practice in North Carolina. In 1994, he ran for Senate and opened the firm of Teddy & Meekins the following year. Mr. Teddy served as chairman of the Cleveland County Democratic Party between 1995 and 1998 and has authored many papers and legal publications, inlcuding the N.C. DWI Trial Notebook published by Lexis and NCAJ. Mr. Teddy is a former President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.  He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense.  He currently serves as Vice Chair of the N.C. Indigent Defense Services Commission.

Mr. Teddy has been recognized by his fellow professionals for his track record and superb ethics. He holds an AV Preeminent* rating from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About David R. Teddy

First Admitted: 1988, North Carolina

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Student Bar Association, President
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Cross Examination Debate Association, Member
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Cleveland County Bar Association, President
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • North Carolina Criminal Law, North Carolina State Bar, 1999


  • National Moot Court team, Member
  • Fred O. Dennis Citizenship award, Recipient Campbel University School of Law, 1988 John Rubin Award for contributions to indigent defense training, Indigent Defense Services Commisison, 2009 John B. McMillian distinguished service award, NC State Bar, 2017

Educational Background

  • University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
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Office Location for David R. Teddy

1219 Fallston Road
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-815-5748

Fax: 704-487-1251

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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