Elliot Sol Abrams
Elliot Sol Abrams focuses his practice on federal and state criminal defense and asset forfeiture matters. Elliot also represents licensed professionals facing disciplinary actions by their licensing boards, as well as public officials facing government ethics investigations and other political inquiries.
Elliot earned his J.D. at Georgetown Law. There he was selected to join Georgetown’s Moot Court team and won Best Brief in a regional competition. He was also an officer in the Georgetown Law chapter of Habitat for Humanity and took courses with well-known criminal defense and political law attorneys.
Elliot worked both summers during law school at Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan, PLLC. During his first summer at the firm, Elliot worked with Joe Cheshire and Bradley Bannon to prepare and try a four week first degree murder trial that ended with a verdict of not guilty.
Before going to Georgetown Law, Elliot attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society and graduated in the top 3% of his class. Elliot went to high school at Enloe High. He was a captain of both the varsity wrestling and lacrosse teams and was also a letterman in varsity soccer.
Elliot has developed substantial experience in complex litigation. For example, after a three week federal criminal jury trial in which their client was charged with embezzlement, false statements and tax evasion, Elliot and Joe Cheshire litigated numerous post-trial motions and won a new trial for their client. In another case, Elliot obtained the release of over $2 million of seized client assets in a federal asset forfeiture matter related to a long-running federal bribery prosecution. Elliot’s state court work has included representing people charged with tax evasion cases, drug offenses and murder.
Elliot has represented two members of the North Carolina House of Representatives; a former gubernatorial candidate; a Superior Court Judge; the chairman of a county school board; and numerous bankers, doctors, lawyers, accountants and real estate agents.
Elliot has been rated by Business North Carolina as one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in criminal law. He is a co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practitioner’s Guide to Criminal Law – Federal Criminal Practice Chapter (2016). He has been a featured speaker for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Continuing Education Program and has been recognized by that organization with an Educational Achievement Award. He also has obtained a “Superb” rating on the lawyer rating website Avvo.com and is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
As with all of the lawyers at Cheshire Parker, Elliot cares deeply about his clients, stands up for them in and out of court, and enforces their rights.
Note that the specific cases referenced above do not represent all of the cases Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan has handled, and past results do not guarantee similar outcomes in future cases. Every case is unique.