Servicing the Charlotte metro, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina areas


Specializing in: Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Traffic Violations
Attorney George V. Laughrun II

George V. Laughrun II

Recent Awards & Recognitions

  • Named 2023 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Named 2023 Legal Elite by Business North Carolina
  • Named 2022 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Named 2021 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Named 2020 Client Champion Silver Gold Martindale Hubbell
  • Named 2020 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Named 2019 Client Champion Silver by Martindale Hubbell
  • Named 2019 "Super Lawyer" in the category of DWI/DUI by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Member of DUI Defense Lawyers Association 2018
  • Awarded Martindale-Hubbell's Client Champion Award for 2018
  • Recognized by Business North Carolina as 2018 Hall of Fame in area of Criminal Defense
  • Business North Carolina Elite 2017 in Criminal Law
  • Awarded Martindale Hubbell's 20th year anniversary for highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Named a member of the 2016 class of Legal Elite for 2016 in the area of criminal defense
  • Selected "Best Lawyers in America" in the area of DWI Defense
  • Named 2016 "Super Lawyer" and one of the top 100 lawyers in the state by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Named 2015 "Super Lawyer" and one of the top 100 lawyers in the state by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Lawyer of the Year 2015 by Best Lawyer’s in America in DWI Defense.
  • Lawyer of the Year 2014 by Best Lawyers in the area of DUI/DWI Defense
  • Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist by North Carolina State Bar
  • "AV" preeminent rating from members of the Bar and Judiciary for more than 25 years
  • Certified chemical analyst
  • Recognized as one of Charlotte's "Toughest Lawyers" by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named as one of the "Rising Stars Under the Age of 40" by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named "Super Lawyer" and one of the top 100 lawyers in the state by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named as "North Carolina's Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina
  • Recognized as one of North Carolina's "Super Lawyers" by City Magazine


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Email: George.Laughrun@GCLLG.com


George V. Laughrun II is the senior partner at GCLLG and has been practicing with the firm since 1982. For 2 years, prior to joining the firm, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Mecklenburg County (North Carolina), prosecuting cases in both District and Superior Court.

During his years of practice, Mr. Laughrun has tried over 150 jury trials and cases in all federal courts within this district and in other jurisdictions including: The United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, The North Carolina Court of Appeals, The North Carolina Supreme Court and on December 5, 1983 he was also admitted to practice before The United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Laughrun received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, in 1977, and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in 1980.

He graduated cum laude from both institutions.

Mr. Laughrun has been a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, as defined by the North Carolina State Bar, since 1991, and has held an "AV" Preeminent rating from members of the Bar and Judiciary for more than 25 years. He concentrates his practice on mostly criminal and DWI cases.

In addition, he is a member of the National College of DWI Defense, the American Bar Association (since 1980), the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. He also served on the Mecklenburg County Bar Executive Committee, from 1994 to 1997.

Mr. Laughrun was named one of Charlotte's "toughest lawyers" and profiled in Charlotte Magazine for his work on DWI cases. The Charlotte Observer wrote that in 2004 and 2005, no other attorney obtained more DWI acquittals and dismissals as Mr. Laughrun. Each year since 2005, Mr. Laughrun has been named as one of North Carolina's Super Lawyers by City Magazine. Each year since 2006, he has been named by Business North Carolina as one of North Carolina 's LEGAL ELITE in the area of Criminal Law and DWI cases.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Mr. Laughrun was listed in Charlotte Magazine's "Super Lawyer" section as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the state. In addition, Mr. Laughrun was honored by America's Most Honored Professional by the American Registry.

In 2012, Mr. Laughrun was asked to select and serve on the Blue Ribbon Panel to evaluate nominees for the 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine. In November 2021, Mr. Laughrun was elected to The North Carolina State Bar Counsel for a 3-year term.  The State Bar Counsel governs numerous aspects of The North Carolina State Bar.  He is one of approximately 50 counselors statewide chosen for this position.

Recently, Attorney Laughrun earned the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier peer review rating business, having earned a client review score of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1-5. Less than 1% of the 900,000 lawyers listed on Martindale-Hubbell have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor or distinction. Mr. Laughrun is now a certified Force Science® Analyst having completed the forty hour Force Science Institute training in May, 2016.


Personal Information

Mr. Laughrun is happily married and has two children, both of whom are practicing attorneys in the Charlotte area. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf at Carmel Country Club where he holds a single digit handicap and was on the Board of Directors from 2009-2013.


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