Danielle Feller

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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Phone: 877-265-5042
Fax: 919-573-0774

I knew after my first year of law school that I wanted to practice Criminal Law. During law school I interned at the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office and the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, conducted about 100 hours of pro bono work for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, wrote an appellate brief that was submitted to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and received a “book award” for the highest grade in Federal Criminal Defense Planning.

While studying for the North Carolina Bar, I became the first recipient of the Marcilliat & Mills PLLC Bar Exam Scholarship. This scholarship is presented by Marcilliat & Mills PLLC to two future lawyers who show the most promise in the area of criminal law. It did not take long for me to parlay my scholarship from Marcilliat & Mills PLLC into a full-time job. Within two weeks of being sworn into the North Carolina Bar, I began my legal career here at RLG.

“We will forever be indebted to Danielle Feller for defending our son and vindicating him from false sexual misconduct accusations. Today the nightmare of him going to prison and the fear of losing an athletic scholarship that he worked so hard for are behind us thanks to Danielle. My son’s future is bright and he can once again hold his head high. I highly recommend retaining her services if you need a passionate, smart, and knowledgeable attorney that’s willing to FIGHT for you. We feel like her accomplishment is nothing short of a miracle as we were up against insurmountable odds. We believe that she’s doing what she was created to do which is to defend the innocent. This has been a long, exhausting and scary ordeal with many sleepless nights, but the Marcilliat & Mills PLLC accomplished victory after victory from ‘No criminal charges filed ” to being found ‘Not Responsible” at a Title IX/Code of Conduct hearing involving sexual misconduct. Danielle fought for our son like he was her own. We were so impressed with her level of dedication and work ethic. She burned the midnight oil and came out victorious. Had it not been for her expertise and passion to defend our son, he would have been broken with a future in shambles. Words simply can’t express our deepest, heartfelt gratitude.”
– Parent of a Title IX client

Areas Of Practice

  • Title IX Investigations

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina


  • Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • J.D.
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • B.A., cum laude

Past Employment Positions

  • Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Intern.
  • Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office, Intern.
  • Campbell University School of Law, Research Assistant.

Jury trial experience:

  • Second chair for federal drug conspiracy case- EDNC
  • Second chair for federal drug conspiracy case- WDNC
  • Second chair for multiple counts of B1 sex offenses in Superior Court
  • Second chair for federal sexual exploitation of a minor- WDNC

Motions Experience:

  • Wrote Motion to Suppress a stop and search of a vehicle that resulted in the client being charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  Sat second chair for the hearing on the Motion to Suppress.  Motion was granted and charges were dropped.
  • Wrote Motions in limine for 404(b) witnesses in sex offense case.  Motions granted and those witnesses were not allowed to testify at trial.
  • Wrote Motion to suppress search warrant for a house.  Warrant was insufficient on its face.  Motion granted and multiple drug charges against client were dismissed.

Title IX experience:

  • I represent clients, including students and faculty, who are under Title IX investigations with their college or university. I understand the implications and severity of Title IX accusations and the repercussions these types of allegations can have not only on a person’s academic life, but their personal life as well.  I have handled numerous Title IX cases across the state of North Carolina, including NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, UNC Charlotte, Western Carolina, Appalachian State University, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Wake Forest University, Pfeiffer University, Belmont Abbey College, and UNC Wilmington.  I always make sure to: have an understanding of what my client is accused of, explain the possible consequences if found responsible, review and explain the college or university’s Title IX policy, review all of the evidence and prepare a strong defense, zealously advocate for my client in a title ix hearing, and make sure your due process rights are protected each step of the way.

Awards and Achievements:

  • Top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers Association- 2019, 2020
  • NC Rising Star Super Lawyer- 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney under Martindale-Hubbel
  • 10.0 rating on Avvo

Disclaimer: The listed cases are illustrative of the types of cases handled and do not represent the entire record of cases handled by the firm. The outcome of a particular case is based upon a variety of factors and cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or law firm’s past results. The penalties listed for each case are the maximum amount of time the client was facing, based upon the structured sentencing guidelines and taking into consideration each client’s criminal record at that time. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.