B.A. Political Science and Mathematics, 2006, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J.D., 2009, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Kellie Mannette
Kellie is a board certified specialist in State Criminal Law and Juvenile Delinquency Law who has spent fifteen years fighting fiercely for clients accused of crimes.
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Kellie has been dedicated to defending the rights of the accused her entire career. After graduating from law school, she joined the Fair Trial Initiative as an Obsorn Fellow. In this position, she assisted in the representation of individuals facing the death penalty.

After completing her fellowship, Kellie went into private practice, handling criminal cases across central North Carolina.

In 2012, 2014, and 2023, Kellie was invited to teach in UNC’s Juvenile Justice Clinic. Kellie supervised and taught third year law students as they represented juveniles charged with crimes in Orange and Durham counties.
Professional Activities
Kellie is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. She is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of North Carolina, the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Kellie teaches at legal education seminars regularly. She also serves on the Board of Directors for North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services.
Why Choose Kellie for Trial Representation?
Exceptional Trial Lawyer
Kellie has tried many cases, even achieving full acquittals in both state and federal courts. Kellie’s ability to convey a client’s story to judges and juries makes her an exceptional trial lawyer.
Relentless Preparation
Kellie is widely known to “work” her cases. She spends the time and effort in the background, learning the facts, investigating, and preparing legal arguments so that when she is in court, she is ready for anything.
Appellate Advocate
As a career trial attorney, Kellie brings her insight into her appellate work. Having tried all types of case, she is able to identify issues and present the most compelling legal argument to give clients the best possible chance on appeal.
Kellie is a talented teacher who teaches at seminars for lawyers regularly and has repeatedly served on the adjunct faculty at UNC School of Law. She brings those skills into working with clients, ensuring that they fully understand the law surrounding their charges and the various options available to them.
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