David Rudolf still relishes fighting for the individual against the power of the state or big business. Rudolf founded the firm in 1982, to represent the rights of people, and the firm has never wavered from that mission.

Rudolf’s specialty is criminal and civil litigation.  He has taught Trial Advocacy at the UNC School of Law and for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Litigation at Duke University School of Law. Mr. Rudolf has been listed for over twenty years in the Best Lawyers in America, was selected by his peers as one of the 100 best lawyers in criminal defense in North Carolina, and was named by North Carolina Business magazine as one of the top litigators in the state. In recent years he has successfully represented individuals in civil litigation against law enforcement agencies, banks, securities firms, accounting firms and insurance companies, with verdicts and settlements totaling over $60 million.

Rudolf has also been recognized for his work with professional organizations. He has held various leadership positions in the ABA Criminal Justice Section, and for twelve years served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also served for six years on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, was elected Vice-President of the NCATL, and was the Middle District delegate to the North Carolina Federal Bar Advisory Council.

Bar admissions

North Carolina

New York

U.S. District Court, WDNC

U.S. District Court, MDNC

U.S. District Court, EDNC

U.S. District Court, SDNY & EDNY

U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals,  4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals,  9th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals,  11th Circuit

United States Supreme Court


American Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

North Carolina Advocates for Justice

North Carolina Bar Association

American Board of Criminal Lawyers

Awards and honors

Best Lawyers in America (1993 - Present)

Lawyer of the Year 2013 - White Collar Defense

Lawyer of the Year 2014 - Criminal Defense

Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina
   North Carolina Superlawyers

 Top Lawyers in North Carolina
   Business North Carolina

Speaking engagements

Navigating the Interplay Between Civil Fault and Criminal Responsibility: Lessons Learned in the Acquittal in State v. Gay - North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Fall Conference Asheville, NC

The Defense Perspective in the Kenan Gay case - Justice Bobbitt Inn of Court, Charlotte, NC

Securities Fraud - American Bar Association White Collar Seminar, Charlotte, NC

Cross-Examining the Runaway Witness - California Public Defenders Association, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Psychology of Picking a Jury - North Carolina Acadamy of Trial Lawyers

Dealing Effectively with a Hostile, Indifferent, or Difficult Prosecutor - Fourth Circuit Seminar, Charlotte, NC

Calling the State's Star Rebuttal Witness During your Case - NACDL, Fort Worth, Texas

Trial Techniques - NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

Ethical Restrictions on Lawyers in Dealing wth the Media - North Carolina Bar Association

White Collar Crime: A "Primer" for the Civil Practitioner - Fourth Circuit Seminar, Charlotte, NC

Intelligent Voir Dire in a Criminal Case - Utah Trial Lawyers Association


Criminal Law Update, Trial Briefs column for North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (1989-1991)

Grand Jury Update, Criminal Justice column for American Bar Association (1988-1990)

Behind Closed Doors, The Champion, column on grand jury developments for NACDL

In Open Court, The Champion, column on evidence issues for NACDL

Making and Meeting Objections, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (1988)

Does RICO recognize Marijuana, Inside Drug Law (1984)