Attorney Maitri "Mike" Klinkosum

About Me

Mike’s standard for being a criminal defense lawyer is simple: “A good lawyer represents clients, but a great lawyer fights for people.” With 20 years of experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer, Mike is no stranger to legal battles. Having defended thousands of people, charged with crimes ranging from minor infractions to capital murder, Mike has fought for the accused in numerous trials and hearings as lead counsel. Mike has defended business people, military officers, school teachers, engineers, and law enforcement officers. He has fought on behalf of those with the means to defend themselves, as well as the poor. He has waged battles for people in high-profile cases and, more often, for the accused who received no media attention. Mike has been certified as a Specialist in State Criminal Law by the NC Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2004 and as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2007.
I am Licensed to Practice in:
North Carolinasince 1998
Illinois (inactive)since 1995
My Education
University of Miami School of LawJ.D. - 1995
UNC-Chapel HillB.A. - 1992
My Memberships
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Federal Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
My Publications
Klinkosum on Criminal Defense Motions - 3rd Ed.- 2014
NC Criminal Defense Motions Manual - 2nd Ed. - 2012
NC Criminal Defense Motion Manual - 1st Ed. 2008

Lead Counsel Rating Details

This Attorney is Rated in the Following Practice Areas:
  • Verified Experience
  • Peer Recommended
  • Spotless Record

Practice Highlights

Received the Following Awards
American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Award-2008
Kellie Crabtree Award (NC Advocates for Justice - 2008)
Kellie Crabtree Award (NC Advocates for Justice - 2010)
NC Super Lawyers - Rising Star - 2009
NC Super Lawyers 2012 - 2015
NC Super Lawyers Top 100 - 2015

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