Darlene Harris

Of Counsel Attorney

Attorney Profile

Darlene E. Harris, Esq. is a prominent criminal defense and business attorney in Charlotte and the surrounding counties. Darlene is one of the most well-known Black women attorneys in the State of North Carolina and is passionate about presenting the best case for her clients. Most recently, Darlene served as defense counsel in one of the most high-profile murder cases in Charlotte, NC’s history stemming from protests after a police shooting in 2016. Darlene has also been awarded and recognized as a Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Attorney by the National Association of Trial Lawyers.

Darlene’s interest in criminal justice has led to successfully representing many criminal justice activists, including Charlotte City Councilman Braxton Winston and activist Gloria Merriweather. Darlene has a passion for protestor defense and works with various organizations to ensure that protestors have adequate and aggressive defense.

Darlene’s practice is centered around defending clients in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and surrounding areas for felony weapon charges, drug trafficking, drug possession charges, and other felony cases with high impact consequences. Darlene has a reputation for fighting for outcomes that most attorneys fear even attempting. She is one of the few Black women attorneys in Charlotte, NC in private practice who focuses on felony cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, drug trafficking, and drug distribution cases. She also seeks to help clients with weapons and other felony cases occurring in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Rowan, and Gaston counties in North Carolina.

When not practicing criminal defense law, Darlene helps small business clients from formation to litigation. Prior to criminal defense law, Darlene served as General Counsel for a mid-sized construction business in Mecklenburg county. Her responsibilities included negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts worth up to 1 million dollars. She also managed and maintained corporate compliance in various states. Darlene then decided to use her skills to help those as passionate about their work as she is and shifted her focus to helping entrepreneurs protect their dreams.

Darlene began to work as an Of Counsel attorney in the criminal and business law departments at the law firm of Oakhurst Legal Group in 2017. When not practicing law, Darlene loves to travel, become a more experienced foodie, and practice hot yoga.


North Carolina Bar


North Carolina Central University – JD

University of North Carolina at Charlotte - BA


Charlotte Women’s Bar Board

Mecklenburg County Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

National Association of Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Attorney

Darlene Harris, Esq. Videos & Content

Several attorneys are working for free to help protesters who are arrested

By Bria Bell | June 3, 2020 at 12:04 AM EDT – Updated June 3 at 12:04 AM


For Charlotte Attorney, Activism Continues in the Courtroom

By Tim Spears Charlotte – PUBLISHED 5:51 AM ET Jun. 05, 2020 – https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2020/06/05/for-charlotte-attorney–activism-continues-in-the-courtroom


Charlotte protesters benefit from grassroots pro bono effort by local lawyers

By John Downey – Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal


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