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Bradley J. Bannon

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Criminal Defense, Appellate Advocacy, Professional Licensing Defense, and Civil Rights

Attorney Bradley J. Bannon is a Partner with Patterson Harkavy, focusing on criminal defense and criminal appeals, as well as professional licensing defense. Before joining the firm in 2016, he spent 20 years at the prestigious law firm, Cheshire Parker Schneider. In state and federal court, Brad has represented people from all walks of life, accused of everything from speeding to white collar crimes to first-degree murder.

Not many attorneys have film credits to their name. However, Brad’s work has been featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary film Fantastic Lies, Episode 10 of the Netflix documentary series The Staircase, and the 48 Hours documentary episode A Killer Defense.

Brad is renowned for his legal knowledge. He has presented on criminal defense, forensic science, legal ethics, and DSS investigations in nine states and the District of Columbia. He has lectured on those topics at all five of North Carolina’s law schools, as well as the New Prosecutors School of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. He has also written various articles on those subjects.

Brad was an active member of the leadership of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for more than a decade, serving on the Board (2007-2019), on the Executive Committee (2013-2019), and as President (2017-2018). He won the organization’s Ebbie Award in 2005 and has participated in drafting legislation that preserved and strengthened North Carolina’s open-file discovery laws and other protections for the criminally accused.

Brad is also particularly well-versed in issues of legal ethics. He served six years as an Advisory Member of the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee, from 2014-2019, and he is serving his seventh year in 2021. This experience enhances his ability to carefully assess ethical questions and professional misconduct allegations, and to advise and zealously defend lawyers when they face them.

He served on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services from 2008 to 2017, serving as President from 2010-2016.

Brad is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized in Best Lawyers In America, SuperLawyers, and Business North Carolina Legal Elite.

Brad grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and went to Socastee High School, followed by undergraduate school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and law school at Campbell University in North Carolina. When he is not working, and even when he is working, he enjoys spending time with his dogs.

Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Legal Ethics
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2019
Professional Experience
  • Patterson Harkavy, LLP, Partner, 2016 – Present
  • Cheshire Parker Schneider, Member, 1997 – 2016
Education
  • Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina, J.D. 1997
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, B.A. 1993
  • Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 1988
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, President 2017-2018, Executive Committee 2013-2019
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Council, 2008-2019
  • North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee, Advisory Member, 2014-2019 and 2021
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, National Task Force on Discovery Reform
  • Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors 2009-2010
  • North Carolina Mock Trial Program, 2015-Present
Public Service
  • North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services Board of Directors, 2008-2017, President 2010-2016
  • North Carolina Inmate Grievance Resolution Board, 2005-2009
  • North Carolina Courts Commission, MAR Subcommittee, 2015-2017

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