Allen C. Brotherton

Partner / Attorney


In Uptown Charlotte:
817 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

Call: (704) 372-1360

In Denver/Lake Norman:
7476 Waterside Loop Road Suite 400
Denver, NC 28037

Call: (704) 827-6667

Email: Contact Us


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI
  • Traffic
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Concealed Carry Permit Appeals
  • NC DMV Hearings

Professional Biography

Growing up in rural Lincoln County, Allen was blessed with a brilliant analytical mind and won a full ride to UNC as a Morehead Scholar, including summer programs in business and law.  Instead of cashing in, he decided to use those blessings to help people who are in trouble.

“I really care about my clients” says Allen. “Most have a legitimate story to be told but are up against the government or powerful insurance companies. My job is to know the law and the evidence inside-and-out, come up with a winning strategy, and use it to convince the judge or jury.”

Allen is at home in the courtroom; he’s been in court fighting for his clients almost every day for his entire career.  And the range of his experience is startling: he has successfully handled virtually every type of criminal charge and civil lawsuit imaginable (see list below).  He’ll know how to help you.

Allen has the respect of the other courtroom stakeholders.  Our Judges know he’s fighting to win but also know he plays by the rules.  Allen believes “Your reputation for integrity and preparation makes a difference to the weight given your arguments. Credibility matters.”

Allen also has extensive experience in handling appeals in all levels of appellate courts, including victories in the N.C. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Allen’s youth at East Lincoln High School included numerous academic and athletic leadership awards. He went on to a distinguished undergraduate and law school career at UNC (Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Morehead Scholar). He has been active in the legal community, serving for 3 terms as chairman of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and also on numerous Court Committees at the request of our chief judge.  He serves as a trustee  of the thriving Mecklenburg Community Church and leads Large Group time with the Meckidz ministry at the Mountain Island Lake campus.  He loves spending time with wife Lynn and their sons and daughters-in-law Haynes & Michele and Gray & Addy.

Sample List of Civil Cases:

    • Personal Injury from Truck and Automobile Accidents
    • Injury Through Premises Liability (Defective Buildings
    • Hidden Dangers
    • Slip-and-Fall)
    • Breach of Contract
    • Insurance Claims
    • Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices
    • Condemnation of Real Property by the State
    • Damage to Property
    • Violation of Partnership Agreement

Sample List of Civil Cases continued:

    • Breach of Warranty
    • State Tort Claims
    • Domestic Violence Protective Order (50B)
    • Civil No Contact Order (50C)
    • Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants on Real Estate
    • Civil Forfeiture of Criminal Seized Property
    • Contested Fines for Violation of Open Burning Laws
    • Zoning Code Violations
    • Fraud
    • Equitable Trusts
    • Constructive Trusts

Sample List of Criminal Cases:

  • Murder
  • DWI
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Possession With Intent to Sell and Simple Possession of Controlled Substances
  • Conspiracy
  • Breaking & Entering / Larceny
  • Death By Vehicle
  • Manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Embezzlement
  • Prostitution / Solicitation
  • Assault With Deadly Weapon
  • Assault on Female
  • Assault on Law Enforcement
  • Fleeing to Elude & Reckless Driving

Sample List of Criminal Cases continued:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Money Laundering
  • Underage Possession or Consumption of Alcohol
  • Obtain Property By False Pretense
  • Fraud / Forgery
  • Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud
  • Manufacture Drugs
  • Maintaining a Dwelling or Vehicle for Controlled Substance
  • Sale of False Driver License
  • Selling Motor Vehicle Without License
  • Identity Theft
  • Larceny of Automobile or Firearm

Professional Awards

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Professional Achievements

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. – 1985
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1982
    • Honors: Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
    • Honors: Morehead Scholar
    • Major: Political Science

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by Tim P on Knox Law Center
By far one of the best, easiest, most professional, and overall customer care legal experience I have ever had.

By far one of the best, easiest, most professional, and overall customer care legal experience I have ever had. Alan and his team took great care and thorough due diligence with my case and handled it quickly and painlessly going above and beyond any experience I've ever had.

by Cat on Knox Law Center
I highly recommend him and his team for all issues requiring any legal assistance!

Allen has worked several legal issues for me and I have never been disappointed. I have avoided a lot of insurance points! I highly recommend him and his team for all issues requiring any legal assistance! You will be happy you did!

by SO on Knox Law Center
I can’t thank you enough Allen & Sherry!

I have known Allen and his paralegal Sherry since I was 16 years old due to various unfortunate legal issues over the past 22 years of my life. Allen has treated every case as a new case, as it should be. He is very genuine and makes you feel like everything is going to be okay. Allen is simply there to defend his client to the fullest extent of the law, no matter the severity of the case. Allen has one goal from the word go and that is to get the best, most logical outcome for his clients. The majority of the time this includes getting a dismissal or better yet winning! He clearly has a passion for helping people and he is the best I’ve ever met at doing such.

I can’t thank you enough Allen & Sherry!

by Kristin K on Knox Law Center
I would highly recommend Allen to others.

I hired Allen Brotherton to represent me in trial regarding a 50 C No contact order against me. Not only did he get it dismissed, he was able to win the counter claim against the other party because she was harassing me. I was very satisfied with Allen's performance in court and out of court before and after the trial hearing. I would highly recommend him to others.

by SP on Knox Law Center
He is the best attorney I have ever worked with by far!

After moving to North Carolina, I wasn't sure who to turn to when looking for a defense attorney for my case. I was referred to Allen and I was not disappointed. Both him and Sherry were phenomenal to work with.

They were both responsive and transparent through the entire process and kept me up to date on all matters regarding the case. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose Allen every time. He is the best attorney I have ever worked with by far!

Thank you Allen and Sherry!

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