Michelle Sparrow | Wilmington Criminal Lawyer | Former Assistant District Attorney

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I have been practicing law for over 24 years in North Carolina in the areas of criminal law, personal injury and wrongful death. I counsel clients living in Wilmington, New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, and Wake Counties, including the cities of Chapel Hill, Durham, Fayetteville, Raleigh, and Sandford.

I have been practicing law since 1992 and worked as an Assistant District Attorney for 8 years. Being an Assistant District Attorney gave me the skill and knowledge to thoroughly prepare for all of my clients’ cases as if they were going to trial, and that effort helps yield results for my clients. I am ready, willing, and able to take cases all the way to trial, in order to ensure the best results for my clients.

I have experience and knowledge in representing clients who have been injured by the careless, reckless, negligent, or intentional acts of others. After working as an Assistant District Attorney, I was a personal injury litigator in a North Carolina personal injury law firm. Ten plus years of settlement negotiation and litigation experience has allowed me to craft creative legal arguments that will best serve my clients' needs.

I am a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers (Tenth Judicial District), the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers, the Dispute Resolution Commission, and the Better Business Bureau.

Misdemeanors and Felonies
Drug Offenses
Driving While Intoxicated

Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

One of the cases that quickly comes to mind involved a former military officer. After retiring from the army, this man fell off of a ladder at work and was seriously injured. Instead of carefully developing a treatment plan for his recovery, a doctor sent him directly to a pain clinic. At this clinic, he was prescribed large doses of very strong narcotics. He quickly became addicted. After losing his job, the man could not afford his medication, and he began using heroin as a cheaper alternative. Eventually, he was charged with a very serious drug crime, and he was facing over 20 years in prison. After working closely with our client and the District Attorney's office, we were able to get this man a probationary sentence so that he could receive the help that he needed outside of prison.

How did you build a successful practice?

One of the best ways to build a successful practice relates to communicating with clients. We monitor the phones 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you need the help of an attorney fast and/or on a weekend, we will answer the phone or call you back immediately. Clients will never be told that we are on vacation and not available for a consultation.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

One of the most important things an attorney must do is call their clients back. One of the most frequent complaints from the public is that attorneys do not return their clients phone calls as regularly as they should. Communication is very important, and without this, clients cannot receive the best possible outcomes. We do our best to return our clients' phone calls that same day no matter what the issue may be. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and the phones are constantly monitored.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

It is extremely important. We know, and work closely with everyone in the courthouse, from the bailiffs to the District Attorneys to the substance abuse treatment staff. This makes a huge difference when it comes to the obtaining the best possible outcome for our clients. We know who to talk to and who to work with in order to get these outcomes.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

We try to give clients and potential clients an organized and helpful explanation of what they should expect when it comes to their case. We always explain the maximum penalties and the worst case scenarios as well as an overview of the court process. Usually after a consultation, individuals feel much more at ease in terms of their case. Lots of clients have never been charged with anything besides a traffic ticket before and they are understandably nervous. We try to give these clients peace of mind and assuring them that they are not alone in this process. We want to let them know that they have an experienced advocate on their side who will fight for them regardless of what they are charged with.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

We give them an explanation of what they have charged with and the maximum penalties for that charge. We also tell them what we will need from them in order to proceed and obtain the best possible outcome. We also tell them what they can expect going into court (even if the answer is ""I really won't know until I talk to the DA/your first court date).

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

We have over 20 years of experience when it comes to the criminal justice system. Michelle Sparrow has worked not only as a defense attorney, but also as a district attorney in Wake County. She has tried lots of cases involving high level felonies. If you hire the Sparrow Law Firm, you will hire an attorney who is not afraid to go to trial. If, in order to receive the best possible outcome, a case must be tried, Michelle Sparrow will do it. In addition to her trial experience, Michelle Sparrow knows the ins and outs of the court system extremely well. As she walks through the courthouse, she is frequently recognized by district attorneys, bailiffs, and other members of the bar. Having this type of local knowledge and experience is extremely important when it comes to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

Dogs! The beach. Your family. Hallmark Channel!

Are you involved in your community?

We handle various high-level felony cases for individuals who cannot afford to hire an experienced attorney. In handling these cases, we put in the same amount of effort as we do when we handle our retained clients' cases. In addition, Michelle Sparrow is always there for those in her community when they need legal advice. We frequently get calls from individuals who have been referred by others in the community who know Michelle Sparrow.

Position Organization Location Duration
Criminal Defense AttorneySparrow Law Firm 2003 - Present
Managing Attorney / LitigatorJames Scott Farrin2001 - 2002
Assistant District AttorneyWake County District Attorney's Office1994 - 2001
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Gregory Seibert1993 - 1994
Law ClerkStanfield, Carmody, and Coxwell1990 - 1991
School Degree Major Graduation
Mississippi College School of LawJ.D. Law School1991  
University of North Carolina, WilmingtonBA1983
State / Court Date
North Carolina1992
  • Member | New Hanover Bar Association
    The National College for DUI Defense Inc. | Member | 2004 - 2011
    Better Business Bureau | Member        | 2004 - 2012
    Association of Trial Lawyers, Tenth Judicial District | Member | 1995 - Present
    North Carolina Bar Association | Member        | 1992 - Present
    Wake County Bar Association | Member | 1992 - Present
    North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers | Member | N/A
    Dispute Resolution Commission | Member | N/A
  • Member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1992.
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Wilmington, NC 28405


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Wilmington, NC 28405

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