W. ROB HEROY
Rob Heroy (en espanol) is an experienced and aggressive trial attorney. He left a prominent Charlotte law firm to join Goodman Carr as a partner in January of 2012. Prior to that, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office. He has significant trial experience and believes that standing up to the government provides his clients with the best possible results.
Rob represents clients in criminal matters in state and federal courts both in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. He handles high-stakes criminal matters such as white-collar criminal charges and investigations, with allegations spanning into the million dollar and billion dollar ranges. While some of these cases have gone to court or trial, many have been resolved through declinations of prosecution or through civil resolutions that did not involve law enforcement.
He also represented clients with large-scale drug trafficking conspiracies involving millions of dollars of narcotics, roving wiretaps, and extensive government surveillance. He also represents individuals on weapons violations, homicides, and sex offenses, and is not afraid of trial. His trial practice includes white collar crime, sex offenses, drug and weapons charges, and immigration offenses.
His work frequently involves representing individuals who are the subject of investigations who want to know their legal options and what steps can be taken early on to protect themselves. This may include responding to target letters or subpoenas, conducting our own investigations, subpoenaing the government, polygraphs, and other proactive steps.
He is licensed to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has worked on criminal and immigration cases throughout the country. He and his cases have been prominently featured in media including the L.A. Times, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Nightline, the Charlotte Observer, and Geraldo. Both the New York Times and the BBC sought out Mr. Heroy for commentary on the El Chapo trial. He is frequently invited to speak at continuing legal education seminars on criminal law topics. He was recently recognized by a journalist with the Los Angeles Times for his assistance in contributing to the knowledge of organized crime in the Charlotte area in the novel Dreamland.
He is experienced in state and federal criminal appeals, including the North Carolina Appellate Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Between those courts, he has handled over 50 appeals. Between 2013 and 2015, in the N.C. Court of Appeals, he obtained reversal of a client's 35-year drug trafficking sentence based on insufficient evidence and in a separate case, overturned a number of felonies convictions for a juvenile whose confession was improperly coerced. He obtained a 100-month sentence reduction on remand for another State client, and obtained a remand for resentencing from the Fourth Circuit for a 2-year reduction for another client (read more). In 2015, in another published decision, he obtained reversal by the Court of Appeals of a juvenile's felony convictions based on a failure to properly obtain a confession by the police. (read more) Some of his current projects on appeal with the North Carolina Supreme Court including working with the ACLU and a number of prominent law professors to challenge the immigration detainer system, as well as with Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy to challenge whether Watauga County violated his client’s freedom of speech in seeking juror intimidation charges.
He has an active post-conviction practice which includes motions for appropriate relief, 2255 motions (habeas corpus), and motions to reopen. In 2012 and 2013, he successfully overturned a federal weapons conviction in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which the Government unsuccessfully appealed to the Fourth Circuit, a felony drug charge in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, a felony obstruction of justice charge in Gaston County, North Carolina, on top of numerous misdemeanor charges. In addition, he successfully obtained a remand for another federal client and obtained a 20 month reduction in sentencing, and represented another client on remand where he obtained an 8 and a half year reduction in his sentence.
Rob also represents individuals on a wide range of immigration matters with a focus on detention and removal. He also has also successfully challenged immigration in federal court on a number of occasions including seeking mandamus and other relief. He has also obtained post-conviction relief for criminal convictions which has allowed his clients to remain in the country. He has presented at continuing legal educations seminars before other attorneys on the subject of immigration law. He has been accepted as an expert witness in the area of immigration law in Mecklenburg County Superior Court.
Business North Carolina Magazine has consistently selected Rob to the Legal Elite for criminal defense, and for the newly created category of immigration law, an award in which Business North Carolina polls attorneys to vote for the top 3 percent of attorneys in their field. North Carolina Super Lawyers selected him as a Rising Star in criminal defense. Martindale Hubbell has rated him as an AV Preeminent lawyer, their highest rating for legal ability. Martindale also lists him as having a 4.9 out of 5.0 client rating. He has a 10 out of 10 attorney rating on Avvo.com. He was selected to the Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute in 2011.
He previously was an adjunct professor with the Charlotte School of Law, teaching in the areas of appellate practice and advanced criminal law.
He has received significant pro bono awards and recognition over the last several years. He is on the Board of Directors for the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation and has served for as copresident of the Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Bar for the last two years. Outside of the law, he was a finalist in the 2010 World Series of Poker and is an active cross-fitter and F3 member. He is married to Katie Heroy, and together they have three little boys, Linus, Arthur, and Leo.