Elizabeth F. Greene

About me

During my more than twenty years as an attorney, I have served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina, I have served as an Assistant District Attorney in Mecklenburg County, and I have served as in-house counsel for one of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders.

As a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, I prosecuted complex federal conspiracies, murder, robbery, financial crimes, firearms offenses and drug offenses. I was lead counsel on several national and transnational investigations and prosecutions involving narcotics, money laundering, and racketeering conspiracies, including prosecutions of members of the United Blood Nation and La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

As an Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted a wide array of criminal cases involving narcotics and violent crimes. I prosecuted exclusively homicides for seven years, serving on the prosecution team of several high-profile cases and jury trials.

As in-house counsel, I provided recommendations and advice to the company in resolving litigation, investigations, and administrative complaints. I managed the company’s litigation portfolio and conducted internal investigations. Serving as in-house counsel taught me the importance of having a strategic vision and that there is no substitute for providing exceptional customer service.

I have tried more than 50 criminal cases to verdict, and I have resolved hundreds more. My professional experiences have provided me with extensive investigation and trial experience, and an ability to navigate both state and federal courts. I know how to communicate effectively with judges, witnesses, law enforcement and regulatory agencies, jurors, fellow attorneys and people from all walks of life. I know when representation of a client requires finesse, and I know when representation of a client requires being uncompromising and aggressive.

Whether a business or an individual, my clients can always rely on me to be a prepared, passionate and fierce advocate.

Practice areas

Criminal defense

  • Federal court
    • Federal conspiracies to include racketeering, drug and money laundering
    • Firearms offenses and violent crime
    • Financial crime
    • Government investigations and white-collar defense
  • State court
    • Violent crime
    • Drug crime


Professional activities & awards

Professional associations

  • Federal Bar Association (Criminal Defense and Health Law Sections)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Criminal Defense and Health Law Sections)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Criminal Defense Section)
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100, 2020


  • State Bar of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • J.D., 1999, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University
    – The Order of Barristers
  • B.A., 1994, English Literature, The University of Virginia