Eben T. Rawls III
An attorney with more than 30 years’ experience, Eben T. Rawls III has represented many professionals, doctors, lawyers, bankers, securities traders, CEO’s, labor union presidents and elected officials. Mr. Rawls focuses exclusively on defending people accused of crimes at his Charlotte firm, Rawls, Scheer, Clary, Mingo, P.L.L.C .He is also board certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in the areas of federal criminal law and North Carolina state criminal law.
Mr. Rawls has handled cases in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and California. He has also handled complicated international cases that required travel to Norway, England and other foreign nations. He has received an AV* rating by Martindale-Hubbell signifying the highest legal ability rating and the highest rating for ethical conduct. The Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers lists Mr. Rawls as one of the nation’s top criminal defense attorneys.
Mr. Rawls is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of the U.S. District Courts of North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Eben Rawls is an accomplished lawyer and advocate with a highly successful track record of resolving difficult criminal matters in State and Federal courts. Once Mr. Rawls agrees to represent you, he is personally responsible for your case. He has extremely talented and experienced staff, most of whom have been with him longer than 10 years, and who know how to get things done.
Mr. Rawls has worked with and utilizes a number of experienced and well-respected experts to assist him and his clients. These include experienced investigators who formerly worked in federal and state law enforcement, forensic accountants, acoustic experts, computer and technology experts, DNA experts, cell tower experts, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, and many others. Once Mr. Rawls becomes involved in the client’s case, he recognizes the importance of being able to interview witnesses quickly and thoroughly, obtain information relevant and needed to convince the Prosecution to decline prosecution or drop charges. If charges are not declined or dropped, the quick gathering of information and involvement of experts seriously mitigates the case.
Mr. Rawls has represented numerous individuals and corporations that have been
investigated or prosecuted for alleged Federal crimes including: tax evasion, fraud, public corruption, obstruction of justice, drug violations, firearms violations, securities violations, money laundering, pornography, environmental offenses, and many others.
Mr. Rawls has represented numerous individuals investigated or prosecuted in State courts for alleged state crimes including: numerous homicide cases, assaults, drug cases, embezzlement, fraud, and many other serious felonies and misdemeanors.
Mr. Rawls has represented numerous attorneys, medical professionals, financially licensed professionals, professional athletes, business owners, public officials, law enforcement personnel, and high-ranking officers in corporations, to name but a few. Because of the sensitivity of most of his matters, Mr. Rawls strives to keep the names and matters of his clients out of the public press and media.
“I want to thank you all for saving my life….I know you went to considerable effort and expended considerable energy and time to obtain the best possible resolution for me, and that this process was not straightforward and required great skill to accomplish. I know that you believed in me, did not waver in your belief in me, and articulated this belief clearly and effectively when it mattered most. I know that you put your heart into this. You did not see me as a criminal, but as a human being, and in many ways, I felt, as a colleague…”
Honors and Awards
AV Rating Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America – White-Collar Criminal Defense and Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense
Legal Elite – Business North Carolina Magazine
Bar Registry of Pre-eminent Attorneys
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- American Bar Association, 1979 – Present
- North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1979 – Present
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
- North Carolina Supreme Court
- Former Chair Mecklenburg County Bar Criminal Justice Section
- North Carolina State Bar Councilor (2016 – present)
Duke University, B.A., cum laude, 1972
University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, J.D. – 1978
my recent reviews
“I thought RSFM was the only Law Firm in Charlotte!! They have been my Attorney’s for many year’s & I have alway’s been pleased with there professionalism!! I have also referred many of my associate’s to them as well and they have also been very pleased with there representation of there legal affair’s!! I consider this Law Firm not only my Friend’s but my Family! Especially that really tall Eben & that short guy Tony!! Love you Guy’s!!!”