Attorney David Teddy

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Attorney David Teddy who specializes in death penalty criminal cases

David Teddy is a life long resident of Shelby, North Carolina. He graduated from Shelby Senior High School in 1981 where he was a member of the Student Council. Mr. Teddy attended the University of Tennessee where he majored in marketing and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He graduated with honors from UT where he was a member of the Cross Examination Debate Association.

Mr. Teddy attended Campbell University School of Law and obtained his J.D. degree in 1988. While at Campbell, Teddy was elected president of the Student Bar Association. He was selected to participate as a member of National Moot Court team. In his final year at Campbell, the Student Bar Association created the “David R. Teddy Innovative Leadership and Service Award.” This is given each year during the annual Law Day banquet to a Campbell Student who demonstrates a keen sense of leadership and service to the law school. Mr. Teddy was also the recipient of the Fred O. Dennis Citizenship award.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Teddy began his legal career in Shelby as an associate with Shelby city attorney, Michael S. Kennedy. After one year as an associate, Mr. Teddy became a partner and the firm name was changed to Kennedy & Teddy. In 1995, Mr. Teddy formed a new firm with his friend and fellow Campbell alumnus, Ralph Meekins. The firm of Teddy & Meekins opened for business in 1995.

Mr. Teddy’s practice is devoted exclusively to the defense of criminal cases with special emphasis on crimes that qualify for the death penalty. Mr. Teddy also has specialized training in the defense of individuals accused of driving while impaired.

In 1999, Teddy became certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in North Carolina criminal law. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College of DUI Defense, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, North Carolina Bar Association, and Cleveland County Bar Association where he has served as president. He was selected by the North Carolina Indigent Services Commission as the provisional counsel appointed on all first degree murder cases in Cleveland County.

Memberships/Organizations:

  • Recently appointed to the Indigent Services Commissions by the North Carolina State Bar, 2012
  • Certified Maintenance Technician Intoxilizer 5000 series, March 2004, CES Consulting, Inc.
  • Certified Operator Intoxilizer 5000 series, March 2004, CES Consulting, Inc.
  • Certified National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police DWI Detection Standardized Field Sobriety
  • Member, National College of DUI Defense, Inc., 2003-present
  • President’s Club Member, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Co-Chair: DWI Legislative Task Force, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Co-Coordinator, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, Political Action Committee, 2004
  • Speaker, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, Using Demonstrative Evidence in a DWI Case, 2002
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Candidate, N.C. Senate, 1994
  • Chairman, Cleveland County Democratic Party, 1995-98.
  • He is the Author of DWI Trial Notebook and DWI Playbook-a Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Defending a DWI Case in N.C. published by Lexis-Nexis
  • Board Certified Specialist, N.C. Criminal Law, N.C. State Bar

Presentations:

February 25, 2004 –Raleigh; Speaker, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • DWI DEFENSES: Ideas for a Changing Legal Environment

Topic: The DWI Notebook: Take Your War Chest to Court!

September 23, 2004- Raleigh, N.C. Speaker, Wake Forest University School of Law

  • Topic: Suppressing Illegally Obtained Evidence

June 21, 2005 – Sunset Beach, Speaker, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • CONVENTION 2005: Concurrent Workshop

Topic: Recent Developments in DWI Law

May 10, 2007, Cary, N.C. Speaker, North Carolina Bar of Association

  • Topic: Hot Topics in DWI; 2007 Update

May 17, 2007: Spring Public Defender’s Conference, Wrightsville, Beach N.C.

  • Topic: How to combat the New DWI Law

September 20, 2007, Raleigh, N.C. Speaker, Wake Forest University School of Law

  • Topic: Representing a Defendant in an Alcohol Related Offense, (A summary of the N.C. Motor Vehicle Driver Protection Act of 2006).

September 26, 2007, Chapel Hill, N.C. New Misdemeanor Defender Program, N.C. Institute of Government

  • Topic: Defending Against Impaired Driving Charges

June 17, 2008; Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • CONVENTION 2008: Concurrent Workshop

Topic: Defending Your Foreign National Clients in 287(g) and Racial Profiling

September 5, 2008 – Greensboro, NC, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • DWI: Winning with Motions and Preparing for the New Breath Machine

Topic: Winning Your Case with the Officer’s In-Car Camera Video

September 24, 2008: Chapel Hill, N.C. New Misdemeanor Defender Program, N.C. Institute of Government

  • Topic: Defending against Impaired Driving Charges

June 20, 2009- Sunset Beach, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • CRIMINAL MASTERS IN ADVOCACY: The Ultimate Checklist Seminar

Topic: A Review of Checklists You Need to Have in Your Trial Notebook (Including Tips for Obtaining Successful Outcomes)

September 11, 2009 – Greensboro, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST SEMINAR

Topic: A Review of Checklists You Need to Have in Your Trial Notebook (Including Tips for Obtaining Successful Outcomes)

October 25, 2008 – Asheville, NC. North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • MOUNTAIN MAGIC 2008 – Concurrent Workshop

Topic: Racial Profiling

August 28, 2009 – Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • Where CIVIL RIGHTS, CRIMINAL DEFENSE and IMMIGRATION LAW Collide

Topic: Constitutional and Practical Concerns, Part 1: Stops, Seizures, and Silence
Topic: Local Practice

October 23, 2009 – Asheville, North Carolina Advocates for Justice

  • FALL CONFERENCE FOR PARALEGALS 2009

Topic: Discovery in Criminal Cases

June 22, 2010 – Wilmington, North Carolina Advocates for Justice

  • CONVENTION 2010 – Concurrent Workshop

Topic: Teddy’s 10 Strategic Tips for Winning the Seemingly Unwinnable DWI Case

Program Chair:

  • January 20, 2006 – Greensboro, NC, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • February 17, 2006 – Wilmington, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers “FIGHTING THE “DWI EXCEPTION” TO THE CONSTITUTION – Battle Plans for Lawyers Who Refuse to Surrender, with Larry Taylor”
  • November 17, 2006 – Asheville, NC, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers “METH 101 – Defending a Meth Case in North Carolina”
  • September 5, 2008 – Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers “DWI: Winning with Motions and Preparing for the New Breath Machine”
  • June 20, 2009- Sunset Beach, NC North Carolina Advocates for Justice “CRIMINAL MASTERS IN ADVOCACY: The Ultimate Checklist Seminar”
  • September 11, 2009 – Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina Advocates for Justice “THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST SEMINAR”

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Our Staff

  • Paralegal Stephanie Lavender of Teddy, Meekins, and Talbert
    Stephanie N. Lavender
  • Paralegal Kristy Early of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Kristy R. Early
  • Legal Assistant Heather Huskey Bryant of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Heather Bryant
  • Office Manager and Paralegal Brenda Cook of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Brenda H. Cook
  • Paralegal Donna Self of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Donna Self
  • Paralegal Carol Lattimore of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Carol Lattimore
  • Legal Assistant Lori Absher of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Lorie Absher
  • Legal Assistant Mary Moore of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Mary Moore
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    Yessenia Loza
  • Investigator Ramona Toney of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law.
    Ramona Toney

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