After law school and admission to the North Carolina State Bar, I accepted a position as an Assistant Public Defender in Greensboro. It was there, after only six months of being a lawyer, that I was given the opportunity to try a capital murder case with two senior attorneys. I had the privilege of delivering a closing argument at the end of the sentencing phase of that trial, and the jury spared our client from the death penalty.

After two years at the Greensboro office, I accepted a position as an Assistant Public Defender in Durham, where I continued to represent indigent defendants. My caseload in Durham consisted of felony cases only. In my three and a half years in Durham, I represented defendants on roughly fifteen hundred felony charges. I worked hard to get my clients the best possible outcome in each case, whether it was a dismissal, a favorable plea, or an acquittal. In July of 2015, with co-counsel Matthew Cook, I tried the first degree murder case of State versus Christopher Stanback. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and after two years in jail awaiting trial, our client was sent home.

Practicing as an Assistant Public Defender for over five years provided me with the legal knowledge, the practical experience and the understanding of the court system to develop a full-time private practice in criminal defense. I chose to go into private practice so that I could help my clients even further by limiting my caseload while continuing to work in the area I know best: criminal defense. Unlike larger firms, I decided to create and maintain a small practice with a focus on the criminal defense of felonies in order to keep myself accessible to my clients and to produce the best possible result in each case.


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

After receiving my undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, I moved to a South African township to live with a Zulu family, volunteer at an AIDS hospice, and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I wasn't saving lives there, but I was helping people die peacefully, which was more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. It was through that experience that I realized I wanted to work in a helping profession.


Eventually, my path led me to UNC Law School, where I focused my studies on criminal law. I wanted to know more about the criminal justice system -- how it works, how it fails people, how to protect those people from its failures, and, how to change the system itself.

Learn more about Durham-based attorney Allyn Sharp​:

  • BS, 2002, UC San Diego, Cum Laude.

  • JD, 2011, UNC Law School.

  • Licensed by the North Carolina State Bar.

  • State Bar Certified Specialist in NC State Criminal Law.

  • Gave a closing argument in a capital murder trial that helped save client Isaam Chaplin from the death penalty in Greensboro, 2012.

  • Won the first degree murder trial of client Christopher Stanback in Durham, 2015. Read More 

  • Undefeated in jury trials as an Assistant Public Defender, 2011-2017.

  • Guest lecturer, UNC School of Law, 2016, 2017, 2018; NCCU Law School 2018.

  • In 2017-18, got six murder clients out of jail on unsecured bonds.

  • In October 2017, received a dismissal in the murder case of client Crystal Fox. Read More 

  • In November 2017, won the post-conviction case that got wrongfully convicted Timothy Britt released from prison. Read More

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