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Michael J. Reece

Phone: 919-300-1249
Fax: 919-300-1256

Mike Reece specializes in criminal and traffic law in Johnston County, North Carolina. For over 29 years, he has handled some of the most difficult situations imaginable with skill, judgment, and tact. He is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in State Criminal Law.

Mike has appeared in over 27,000 cases in the District and Superior Courts of Johnston County, has tried over 60 jury trials in Johnston and surrounding counties, and has argued in both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Mike graduated, cum laude, from N.C. State University in 1991 with a degree in chemical engineering, and was President of the Engineers’ Council. He earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1994, where he was a Chancellors Scholar and member of the Holderness Moot Court Team.

Since 1994, he has been admitted to practice law in North Carolina’s state courts. He is also admitted to practice in the Eastern and Middle Districts of the federal courts located in North Carolina.

  • North Carolina State University (B.S. in Chemical Engineering, cum laude, 1991)
    President, NCSU Engineers Council, 1989-1991
  • University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., with Honors, 1994)
    Chancellors Scholar
    Holderness Moot Court Invitational Team
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina, 1994
  • Admitted to practice in United States District Courts – Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina
Professional Activities
  • Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law – NC State Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • President, Johnston County Bar Association (2018)
  • Chairman, Johnston County Indigent Defense Committee, 2000-present
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2022-present.
  • NC Board of Law Examiners District Bar Candidate Committee (Chairman, 2021-present)
  • Judge, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Mock Trial contests
  • Speaker, Continuing Education Topics including DWI appeals and ethics
Community Involvement
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 95, Smithfield, 2016-2022.  Eagle Scout, 1984.
  • Board Member, SSS Band Boosters, 2021-2022.  
  • Treasurer, SSS Band Boosters, 2022-2023.
  • Former Board Member and Treasurer, ReEntry Family Services, Smithfield.