Attorney Profile

David Q. Burgess has sixteen years of experience as a criminal defense attorney defending clients—both in state and federal court—against traffic, misdemeanor, and felony charges.  He possesses a unique combination of practical experience and academic achievement that positions him to provide his clients with a top-quality criminal defense.  In addition to his practical experience, Mr. Burgess graduated with High Honors in the top of his class from Chicago-Kent College of Law where he received several awards recognizing his academic excellence.  He also excelled as an undergraduate, graduating cum laude from the Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi where his studies included a year abroad at the University of Wales and a United Nations Honors Semester in New York.  Before founding his own practice, Mr. Burgess spent six years working for two large and prestigious firms—Skadden in Chicago and Kennedy Covington (now K&L Gates) in Charlotte—where he obtained valuable big firm experience which he now applies to his practice as a criminal defense lawyer.

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Practical Experience

Traffic Charges and Driving While Impaired (DWI)

Mr. Burgess has defended clients against a variety of Traffic Charges that include, but are not limited to, Speeding, Driving While Impaired (DWI), Driving While License Revoked, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, Hit and Run, and Failing to Heed Blue Lights. Mr. Burgess has also helped clients get their license back in License Restoration cases and DMV Hearings.

State Misdemeanor Charges

Some of the state misdemeanor charges against which Mr. Burgess has defended his clients are State Misdemeanor Drug Charges (including, but not limited to, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Misdemeanor Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance), Misdemeanor Assaults (including, but not limited to, Assault, Assault on a Female, Assault on a Government Official, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Assault Inflicting Serious Injury), Underage Drinking, Domestic Violence Protective Orders, Misdemeanor Larceny, Shoplifting, Trespassing, Resisting Officer or Arrest, Injury to Property, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Harassing Phone Calls, Misdemeanor Stalking, Intoxicated and Disruptive, Indecent Exposure, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods, and Probation Violations. Mr. Burgess has also helped clients remove state misdemeanor charges from their record in Expungement cases.

State Felony Charges

Mr. Burgess has defended clients against various state felony charges such as State Felony Drug Charges, (including, but not limited to, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana, Manufacturing, Selling, or Delivering Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine or Crack, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine or Crack, Manufacturing, Selling, or Delivering Cocaine or Crack, Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin, Manufacturing, Selling or Delivering Heroin, Possession of MDMA/Ecstasy, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver MDMA/Ecstasy, Manufacturing, Selling or Delivering MDMA/Ecstasy, and Trafficking in MDMA/Ecstasy), Probation Violations, State Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Common Law Robbery, Breaking and Entering, Burglary, Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Habitual Felon, Felony Assaults (including, but not limited to, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury, and Habitual Misdemeanor Assault), Felony Larceny, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, False Pretenses, Forgery, Bank Card Crimes, Embezzlement, Larceny by an Employee, Sexual Offenses (including, but not limited to, Indecent Liberties with a Minor and Statutory Rape), Kidnapping, and Murder. Mr. Burgess has also helped clients remove state felony charges from their record in Expungement cases.

Federal Felony Charges

Some of the federal felony charges against which Mr. Burgess has defended his clients are Accessory after the Fact to Murder, in which a conviction was later Reversed on Appeal, Federal Drug Crimes (including, but not limited to, Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack, Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine), Federal Gun Charges (including, but not limited to, Federal Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Possession of a Firearm in Connection with a Drug Crime, Possession of a Firearm in Connection with a Crime of Violence, and Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien), Bank Robbery, Carjacking, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, Conspiracy to Commit Mortgage Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Violate the RICO Act, and Supervised Release Violations.

Academic Achievements

Mr. Burgess received his Juris Doctorate with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1994.  He ranked in the top five percent of his class in his first year.  As a result of his academic success, he was invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review, where he was ultimately elected to the prestigious position of Executive Articles Editor.  He made the Dean’s List every semester and, upon graduation, was inducted into The Chicago-Kent Chapter of The Order of the Coif, which is an honor society with chapters at a limited number of law schools that accepts only those that graduate in the top ten percent of their class.

Mr. Burgess graduated cum laude with a degree in Philosophy from the Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1991.  Mr. Burgess chose Philosophy because it has long been recognized as an excellent way to prepare for a career as a lawyer because it provides training in analytical thinking and logical argumentation, which are both essential to success in the practice of law.  As part of his studies at the Honors College, Mr. Burgess was selected to study abroad for a year at the University of Wales as well as at a United Nations Honors Semester in New York.

Memberships and Associations

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of North Carolina Bar
  • Federal District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina Bar
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Bar
  • Federal Fourth Circuit of Appeals Bar
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Chicago-Kent Chapter of The Order of the Coif
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers