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Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

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Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. served the people of North Carolina as an appellate judge for eighteen years, most recently as Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Justice Edmunds now serves clients with that same dedication as part of the firm’s Appellate group. 

Justice Edmunds helps clients navigate complex criminal and civil appeals in state and federal court.  He also protects clients’ interests in constitutional and other high-stakes litigation.  Justice Edmunds draws from his breadth of experience in government and the private sector, and is board certified as a specialist in appellate practice, state criminal law, and federal criminal law.

Justice Edmunds began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Greensboro, N.C. and later was an assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. In 1986, he was appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina by President Ronald Reagan and was retained by President George H. W. Bush. Justice Edmunds entered private practice in 1993 and earned the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  In 1998, he was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and served on that court until his election to the Supreme Court.

Today, Justice Edmunds serves as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee and a member of the board of directors of BarCares. He is also a member of the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, the Greensboro Rotary Club, and the American Law Institute. He serves as Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association. Previously, he has been an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law.  

Justice Edmunds received his A.B. degree from Vassar College and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Following law school, he served as a line officer in the United States Navy from 1975 to 1977. He later received his Master of Law in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Greensboro Bar Association Distinguished Service Award (2017)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Appellate (2018)
  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2016)
  • James E. Cross Leadership Award, North Carolina State Bar (2012)


  • Certified Superior Court Mediator by North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
  • Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, 1993 – present
  • Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice, 1994 – present
Thought Leadership


April 5, 2018

Published Works

  • "Waymaker: An interview with Justice Randy Holland," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3 (Summer 2014)
  • Introduction, "The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Appellate Judges Conference" The Judges' Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3 (Summer 2014)
  • "What Happens After Trial, Anyway?" North Carolina Patrolman's Journal (Spring 2014)
  • "Are You Ready?" The Judges' Journal, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Fall 2013)
  • "Waymaker: An interview with David F. Levi," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Winter 2013)
  • "Waymaker: An interview with Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1 (Winter 2012)
  • "Board Certification: A Judge's Perspective" The Judges' Journal, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Summer 2011)
  • "How Can You Defend Those People?" North Carolina State Bar Journal (Fall 2003)
  • "Analyzing the Tension Between Prosecutors and Probation Officers Over Fact Bargaining," Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 8, No 6       (May/June 1996)
  • "The Need for Predictable, But Not Mandatory, Sentences," Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 8, No. 1 (July/August 1995)
  • "The Federal Criminal Sentencing Laws," Campbell Law Observer, Vol. 15, No. 7 (September, 1994)
  • "Guideline Sentencing and Department of Justice Policies under the Reagan-Bush Administrations," Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 6, No. 6 (May/June 1994)
  • "The Sentencing Guidelines Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee," Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 4, No. 4 (January/February 1992)
  • Co-Authored revision of "Principles of Federal Prosecution" section of United States Attorneys' Manual (1992)
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Law Alumni Association of Board of Directors (2006–12)
  • Rotary Club of Greensboro
  • University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., Judicial Process, 2004
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Vassar College, B.A., English, with honors, 1971
  • North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Bar
    • Appellate Practice Specialization Committee (2010-present), Chair (2010-2016)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Vice President (2002-03)
    • Appellate Rules Committee (1993-present)
    • Appellate Rules Section
    • Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Judges’ Advisory Committee, Chair (2006-09)
    • Appellate Judges Conference Chair-Elect
    • Judges’ Journal Editorial Board (2012-2015), Co-Editor (2013-2015)
  • Appellate Judges Education Institute, 2015 Program Chair
  • Judicial Conference of the United States, Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules (by appointment of Chief Justice Rehnquist and reappointment of Chief Justice Roberts) (2004-10)
  • Elected to American Law Institute
  • Duke University School of Law
    • Advisory Board, Center for Judicial Studies (2011-14)
  • Greensboro Bar Association
    • Member and Past Secretary
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
    • Board of Directors (2004-07)
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Guilford Inn of Court
  • Federalist Society
  • BarCares of North Carolina, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina Historical Society
Military Service
  • U.S. Navy

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