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Taylor Goodnight
(704) 490-4944

529 W. Summit Ave.
Suite 1B
Charlotte, NC 28203


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Taylor represents people charged with all types of crimes. She primarily focuses her work in state court, and in the last year alone defended a wide variety of cases including:

  • Domestic Violence Assault and Protective Order violations

  • Communicating threats

  • Possession of marijuana

  • Larceny and Trespassing

  • Underage drinking

  • Speeding and other traffic offenses

  • Assault on an Police Officer and Resisting Arrest

  • Injury to Personal Property and Injury to Real Property

  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon

  • False imprisonment

Taylor also defends kids charged with crimes in juvenile court. She has helped young people charged with these offenses in juvenile court:

  • Breaking or Entering and Larceny

  • Assault and Communicating Threats

  • Carelessness with fire

  • Injury to personal property

  • Curfew violations

  • Possession of marijuana

She also defends men and women accused of violating their federal supervised release or probation conditions in the Federal Western District of North Carolina. She also works with Chris Fialko on many of his cases, including high-level state felonies, federal white-collar crime and drug cases, college Title IX sexual misconduct allegations, and post-conviction matters. Just recently, in Raleigh, Taylor made a thirty-minute presentation to a North Carolina parole commissioner on behalf of a post-conviction client. In preparation for the meeting, Taylor compiled a 50-page packet for the parole commissioners detailing all of the reasons the parole board should release her client.

Taylor began working in the criminal defense field when she 18 as an intern, and went to law school at UNC-Chapel Hill specifically to become a criminal defense attorney. She has the passion and tools necessary to fully investigate every case by gathering all key information, interviewing law enforcement and other witnesses, and negotiating with and advocating for her client with the appropriate people. Taylor likes to fight for her clients and believes in thorough and zealous representation, no matter the client or the charge.


  • UNC Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D. with Honors,

  • UNC Chapel Hill, B.A. in Political Science with Distinction

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

  • United States District Court, Western District of NC

  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, New Lawyers Division Liason

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, CLE Committee Member, Community Service Committee Member

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Young Lawyer's Division, Legal Assistance Committee

  • North Carolina Bar Association

  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte, Special Programs Co-Chair