Allison Garren, Board-Certified Specialist In N.C. Criminal Law

Allison Garren

Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Allison B. Garren was recently recognized as a Board-Certified Specialist in N.C. Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Ms. Garren has practiced law with the Shelby firm of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert since 2014 and concentrates her practice in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and Social Security disability law. A native of Rutherford County, Ms. Garren received her B.A. in Political Science with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and her Masters in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine.  

The North Carolina State Bar, an agency of the State of North Carolina, certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must

  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years,
  • Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement),
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty,
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and
  • Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

Certification is granted for a period of five years. To maintain certification, a lawyer must again demonstrate that he or she is substantially involved in the practice area; attend CLE seminars in the practice area, and be favorably evaluated by peers.

Ms. Garren is also a recent graduate of the N.C. Bar Association Leadership Academy Class of 2020 where she was selected as one of seventeen attorneys statewide.  The mission of the Leadership Academy is to help young lawyers become effective leaders in their communities, including the legal profession, their firms, legal departments or other workplaces, other organizations with which they are associated, their local, state, national, or even international communities, and any other environments where lawyers regularly have calls or opportunities for leadership.

Ms. Garren currently serves as the vice-chair for the criminal defense section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and as the President of the Cleveland County Bar. 

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of board-certified specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at, or call the State Bar at 919.828.4620.

For more information on Attorney Allison B. Garren, click below:

or call (704) 396-5155

A lifelong resident of Shelby, North Carolina, David Teddy was raised with a strong desire to help the people of the community he grew up in. It was this desire to help others along with his appreciation of the art of debate that first spurred his drive to practice law.

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