Mike Dowling represents individuals facing serious felony charges in the federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels. Mike has experience with a wide array of federal criminal matters, including those involving multi-defendant drug conspiracies, firearms violations, immigration fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, environmental crimes, EBT benefits fraud, money laundering, false statements to federal agents, trade secret theft, and other white collar criminal matters.
Mike tried what is believed to be the very first computer hacking prosecution in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina under 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A), the most serious violation possible under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
He also has experience in a broad range of business and commercial litigation in federal and state court. His experience includes cases involving contract disputes, unfair business practices, the Lanham Act, the North Carolina Trade Secrets Protection Act, as well as the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Mike also has substantial experience litigating a wide array of tort claims arising under the common law of North Carolina, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, unfair competition, and negligent misrepresentation.
- Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation (2020)
- Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a "Rising Star" in Criminal Defense (2017-2019)
- Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in the Young Guns category (2018)
- Recognized and honored by the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division as a “Young Lawyer of the Quarter,” in connection with his work on the Young Lawyers Division’s “Legal Feeding Frenzy” food drive (2013)
Community & Professional Involvement
- Appointed by the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina to serve as a panel attorney for the Criminal Justice Act Panel
- Appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to serve as a panel attorney for the Fourth Circuit's Criminal Justice Act Panel
- Member, Tenth Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee
- Pro Bono Committee Chair, Eastern District of North Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Presentations & Media
- "NC Supreme Court Reinforces Need for Precision in Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims," May 2018
- Presenter, "Identifying and Challenging Technological Surveillance," Part II of Digital Evidence Series, North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, January 2018 (presentation authored by Elliot Abrams)