Russell D. Babb

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Russell D. Babb was born in Wilson, North Carolina.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and co-captain of the 1995 Carolina football team.  A four-year starter as an offensive lineman for the Tar Heels, Mr. Babb was also the winner of the 1995 Jim Tatum Award, which is presented each year to the top Senior Scholar-Athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After college, Mr. Babb entered the University of North Carolina School of Law.  During law school, he participated in the UNC Criminal Law Clinic and served as president of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.  After receiving his law degree in 1999, Mr. Babb practiced civil litigation for several years before changing his focus to criminal defense.

In 2014, Mr. Babb was elected to a three year position on the Wake County Bar Association Board of Directors and serves on the Wake County Bar’s Strategic Planning Committee, tasked with helping the WCBA and Tenth Judicial District set its goals and visions for the coming years. In 2015, Mr. Babb was inducted into the Fellowship of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Babb most recently worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Wake County, and has represented criminal defendants at all levels of state court in North Carolina.  He has also defended clients in federal court and is admitted to practice in the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Mr. Babb is a member of the Wake County Bar Association, the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law

  • Juris Doctor 1999
  • UNC Criminal Law Clinic
  • President of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • BA in Political Science, 1996
  • Morehead Scholar
  • co-captain of the 1995 Carolina football team
  • winner of the 1995 Jim Tatum Award
  • All ACC Academic First Team, 1995
  • ACC Weaver James Postgraduate Scholarship, 1996

Professional Dedication

  • Wake County Bar Association Board of Directors; elected to three year term 2014-2106
  • Wake County Bar Association Strategic Planning Committee, 2014-2016

Memberships & Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1999
  • U.S. District Court of Eastern District of NC
  • U.S. District Court of Middle District of NC
  • U.S. District Court of Western District of NC
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Wake County Bar Association, 1999
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, 1999
  • Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice, until 2017

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2012, 2015
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2016
  • AV Preeminent Peer Reviewed Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell, 2016

Practice Areas:

Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, DWI & Traffic Matters, Drug Crimes, Domestic Violence Offenses, NCAA & Sports Investigations, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, Criminal Law And Business Crimes Defense, Larceny & Property Crimes, and Tax Offenses, N.C. State University Student Conduct Hearings

Connect:

rbabb@tsmithlaw.com
919-821-4711

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Listed in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”, Criminal Law Section, 2012, 2015, 2016
Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2016
Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Peer Reviewed Lawyer, 2016

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