Daniel Blau is a constitutional advocate and criminal defense attorney who focuses on criminal appeals and trial defense in serious felony cases. Dan began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Linda M. McGee, the Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  Since beginning work in private practice in 2008, he has skillfully argued cases on behalf of clients before North Carolina's state and federal appellate courts and has a proven record of success in securing reversals of serious criminal convictions.  An experienced, innovative, and hard-working defense lawyer, Dan has represented more than a thousand clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges, DWIs, and traffic matters in North Carolina.

DANIEL M. BLAU

Dan's advocacy for his clients extends beyond the courtroom.  Dan has been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina since 2005, during which time he served on the organization's Board of Directors for six years, and also served as Vice-President of the Board. Dan is a career-long member of the North Carolina Bar Association, where he enjoys membership in the Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section, the Criminal Law Section, and the Appellate Law Section. Dan served on the section council of the Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section for a number of years and as a term as Council President. He has written and presented extensively on issues of legal ethics for defense lawyers.  He is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell.

Dan was born in Raleigh and was raised in Chapel Hill.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, minoring in Political Science and certified in Health Policy.  Dan attended law school at the University of North Carolina where he graduated with honors in 2007.  While in law school, Dan served as the Executive Editor of the First Amendment Law Review, worked as a legislative clerk for the ACLU of North Carolina, and completed an internship at the University of North Carolina School of Government.

Dan is admitted to practice in all North Carolina state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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What Our Clients Say

THOUSANDS OF CASES | DOZENS OF APPEALS | QUALIFIED SUCCESS

New Hearing Ordered

State v. A.N., 778 S.E.2d 863 (2015) Client pled guilty to robbery and was placed into deportation proceedings as a result of his convictions. RESULT ON APPEAL: New hearing ordered due to former attorney misadvising client about the consequences of his guilty plea.

Conviction Vacated

State v. K.P. (2018) Client was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: Conviction vacated due to ineffective assistance of counsel; client released with time served.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.C., 802 S.E.2d 531 (2017) Client was convicted of felony assault and was sentenced to 65-90 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to violation of client’s constitutional rights at trial.  (Appeal remains pending.)

New Trial Granted

State v. T.L., 217 N.C. App. 455 (2011) Client was convicted of robbery and kidnapping and was sentenced to 71-104 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge refusing to admit important defense evidence at trial.

Order Vacated

State v. M.M., 209 N.C. App. 466 (2011) Client was ordered to enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring. RESULT ON APPEAL: Order vacated due to lack of jurisdiction.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.R., 223 N.C. App. 325 (2012): Client was convicted of sex offenses and was sentenced to 307-378 months in prison.   RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge allowing improper expert testimony at trial.

Convictions Reversed

State v. L.P., 2011 N.C. App. LEXIS 1535 (2011): Client was convicted of misdemeanor larceny and sentenced to probation. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

Convictions Reversed

State v. G.B., 217 N.C. App. 380 (2011) Client was convicted of forgery and habitual felon and was sentenced to 70-93 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

Convictions Vacated

State v. A.H. (2018) Client was convicted of multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of possessing weapons on educational property.   RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: All convictions vacated after statutes were ruled to be unconstitutional.

Convictions Vacated

State v. J.D., 2017 N.C. App. LEXIS 327 (2017) Client was convicted of marijuana charge and habitual felon and was sentenced to 76-116 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions vacated due to defective search warrant.

Order Vacated

State v. M.M., 209 N.C. App. 466 (2011) Client was ordered to enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring. RESULT ON APPEAL: Order vacated due to lack of jurisdiction.

Convictions Reversed

State v. L.P., 2011 N.C. App. LEXIS 1535 (2011): Client was convicted of misdemeanor larceny and sentenced to probation. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

New Hearing Ordered

State v. A.N., 778 S.E.2d 863 (2015) Client pled guilty to robbery and was placed into deportation proceedings as a result of his convictions. RESULT ON APPEAL: New hearing ordered due to former attorney misadvising client about the consequences of his guilty plea.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.C., 802 S.E.2d 531 (2017) Client was convicted of felony assault and was sentenced to 65-90 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to violation of client’s constitutional rights at trial.  (Appeal remains pending.)

Convictions Reversed

State v. G.B., 217 N.C. App. 380 (2011) Client was convicted of forgery and habitual felon and was sentenced to 70-93 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

New Trial Granted

State v. T.L., 217 N.C. App. 455 (2011) Client was convicted of robbery and kidnapping and was sentenced to 71-104 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge refusing to admit important defense evidence at trial.

Convictions Vacated

State v. J.D., 2017 N.C. App. LEXIS 327 (2017) Client was convicted of marijuana charge and habitual felon and was sentenced to 76-116 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions vacated due to defective search warrant.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.R., 223 N.C. App. 325 (2012): Client was convicted of sex offenses and was sentenced to 307-378 months in prison.   RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge allowing improper expert testimony at trial.

Convictions Vacated

State v. A.H. (2018) Client was convicted of multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of possessing weapons on educational property.   RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: All convictions vacated after statutes were ruled to be unconstitutional.

Conviction Vacated

State v. K.P. (2018) Client was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: Conviction vacated due to ineffective assistance of counsel; client released with time served.

Please note that these are examples of prior cases in which we have obtained a positive result for our client.  Every case is different, and we cannot guarantee a specific result in your case.

Credentials

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C.

  • Juris Doctor with Honors 2007
  • First Amendment Law Review, Executive Editor, Fall 2006 - Spring 2007
  • Judge Naomi Morris Memorial Scholar
  • Nancy K. Rhoden Scholar

Duke University, Durham, N.C.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies awarded May 2003
  • Minor in Political Science
  • Certificate in Health Policy

Scholarly Professional Pursuits

  • University of North Carolina School of Government, Chapel Hill, Law Clerk, Summer 2006
  • American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Raleigh, Legislative Clerk, Summer 2005

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Linda M. McGee, North Carolina Court of Appeals, August 2007 - August 2008

Publications:

  • Holy Scriptures and Unholy Strictures: Why the Enforcement of a Religious Orthodoxy in North Carolina Demands a More Refined Establishment Clause Analysis of Courtroom Oaths, 4 First Amend. L. Rev. 223 (2006).
  • Juvenile Curfews: Constitutional Concerns and Recommended Remedies, Popular Government, June 2007.

Admissions:

  • North Carolina Bar, 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, October 2009
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, September 2009
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, August 2016
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, August 2018

Professional Associations:

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina Tenth Judicial District Bar, 2007 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2007 - Present
    • Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section Council, 2009 - 2015.
    • Section Council Chair, 2013 - 2014; Vice-Chair, 2012 - 2013.

Professional Recognition

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Community Engagement:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Member 2005 - Present
  • Board of Directors, 2008 - 2014; Board Vice-President, 2012 - 2013

Experience:

Daniel M. Blau, Attorney at Law, P.C., Raleigh

  • President, August 2018 - Present

Hale & Blau Attorneys at Law, P.C., Raleigh

  • Partner, January 2016 - August 2018
  • Associate, August 2008 - January 2016

Presentations:

  • Social Networking as an Investigative Tool, published paper and accompanying lecture on “Ethical Issues in Social-Media Investigations,” presented at:
    • N.C. Bar Association, “Bytes, Blood & Privacy: Emerging Technologies, Constitutional Rights and the Courts” CLE February 2011.
    • N.C. Council of School Attorneys, “Summer Law Conference” CLE, July 2011.
    • University of North Carolina School of Government, “2014 Spring Public Defender Conference” CLE, April 2014.
    • University of North Carolina School of Government, “2016 Annual Contractors and Assigned Counsel Training” CLE, June 2016.