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Accident, Criminal Defense & Divorce Lawyers

Our People Make the Difference

The Accident Lawyers, Injury Lawyers, Criminal Lawyers, and Divorce Lawyers at Speaks Law Firm are nationally recognized for Experience, Professionalism and Results. We provide people with reliable legal information so that they can make informed decisions.  If you have a legal question just call or start on online chat and we will try to get you pointed in the right direction immediately, or you can request one of our FREE books or magazines.

The North Carolina Auto Injury BookThe Ten Commandments of Criminal CourtAttorney Clarke Speaks has co-authored a guidebook for the North Carolina Bar Association.  In addition, he has published two books for lawyers and non-lawyers:  The North Carolina Auto Injury Book and Busted by the Federal Authorities. In addition, we produce magazines, booklets and other materials on other injury law, criminal law and divorce law topics in order to provide clients and the general public with good, practical and reliable information.  Reliable information is a necessary component of good analysis, and good analysis is the key to achieving great results.  These materials are available for purchase Amazon.com or for free on this site. Please call us at (910) 341-7570 for additional information.

The lawyers in our firm are dedicated to solving the problems our clients face. We get to know our clients, and we care about the results we obtain for them. Each of us has a very specific set of skills that make us very effective at what we do.  Outside of work, we have families, hobbies and interests just like you.

Clarke Speaks basketball coachFor example, outside of work Attorney Clarke Speaks is a well-intentioned youth sports coach.  He makes up for his limited athletic ability with great effort and enthusiasm.  In spite of his athletic limitations, Clarke is an exceptional Accident & Injury Lawyer and Criminal Defense Lawyer. 

He is also the leader of a talented team of dedicated legal professionals.  The team includes Ashley Smith, Debbie Black, Garron Micheal, Chris Bell, Kristy Rodriguez and Seairra Powell.  These are experienced, professional, caring and effective individuals who work together to create solutions to legal challenges facing our clients.  These challenges involve Injury, Divorce, Traffic, Criminal, DWI, Felony and Civil cases.

To learn more about the people who have worked so hard to acheive the recognition and awards described below see About Us.

Our Reputation

The Speaks Law Firm is an award winning firm comprised of outstanding legal professionals who care deeply for our clients.  Clarke and the Speaks Law Firm have achieved National Recognition by attorney ranking sites such as AVVO and Super Lawyers.  Specifically, we are rated "10.0" out of a maximum score of 10.0.  We are rated  "Superb".  Superb is the highest possible rating.  We have earned "Top Car Accident Attorney" status by Avvo.com. In addition, for the third consecutive year Clarke has been selected to the Super Lawyers and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for his work in the legal field of personal injury law and criminal defense. Recently, Clarke was awarded the National Association of Distinguished Counsel's Nations Top Attorneys designation.
Speaks Law Firm is Nationally Recognized

Our Experience

As a Top Injury, Criminal Defense and Divorce Attorneys, we have represented thousands of individuals, businesses, and organizations all over North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  In addition, Clarke has argued before the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on several ground-breaking issues.  He has Clarke Speaks is the author of Busted by the Federal Authoritiesbeen interviewed by Lawyer's Weekly and various news programs.  Clarke Speaks, author of The North Carolina Auto Injury BookHe is a frequent speaker, national recognized lawyer and the author of the North Carolina Auto Injury Book, the Road to Recovery, ProClaim, Busted by the Federal Authorities, and The Ten Commandments of Criminal Court.   We have represented people against the state and federal governement, Fortune 500 Companies, large Universities and nearly every majoy insurance company operating in North Carolina.

Our Belief

Good outcomes are based upon good decisions.  Good decisions are based on good information.  The first step in solving your legal problem is to gather good, reliable information.  This is the place to do that.

The materials available on this site are intended to provide free and helpful information to the public.  This information is not intended as a substitute for legal advice.  If you have a specific legal question or concern, please contact us immediately by phone, chat, email contact, or you can request a free book or other publication.  We will respond quickly.

Whether you are here for information or you are looking for the right lawyer for your case, gathering information is the first step to addressing your legal concern.  You can find the information you need right here.  It is all available to you free of charge.  Our goal is to provide you with helpful information so that you can make good decisions.  Good decisions lead to positive outcomes. 

Call to speak with an experienced professional at Speaks Law FirmYou will find helpful information prepared exclusively for you by our team of Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, Criminal Defense Lawyers, DWI Lawyers, Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers, Divorce and Custody Lawyers and Civil Litigation Lawyers.  In addition, you can call, chat or email for immediate answers to your legal questions. Finally, you can find reviews of our work written by our clients by reading "Client Testimonials".



Our Focus:

The Focus of the Speaks Law Firm in Wilmington, NCEvery client is our most important client. That has been our core philosophy since this firm was founded in 1997. We recognize that there are hundreds of lawyers you could choose to help you with these challenges. If you place your trust in us, our commitment is to do all we can to accomplish your legal objectives—limited only by the law and our ethical requirements. We realize that nothing is more important to you than your finances, your family, or your freedom. We’re a small firm with big record of success.

Reviews for the Speaks Law Firm in Wilmington, North CarolinaPlease take a moment to read a few of the client testimonials included on this site. These are people we have represented in situations similar to yours. We approached their legal problems just as we will approach yours...with all that we have.

Our Committment

From the coast to the mountains, North Carolina is as beautiful as it is unique. Wilmington and the surrounding areas are great places to live, work, and visit, with a rich history and charming culture.

Even though North Carolina is a wonderful place, sometimes we are faced with legal challenges. In New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties and throughout North Carolina, the lawyers at the Speaks Law Firm are committed to providing exceptional legal service whenever these legal problems arise. Founded in 1997 by R. Clarke Speaks, the Speaks Law Firm has become a regional leader in developing comprehensive solutions to complex injury, criminal, family, and civil litigation problems.

We work diligently to solve these conflicts outside of the courtroom through cooperative means. Because we work cooperatively to develop comprehensive solutions to these complex legal problems, we are usually able to reach our clients' objectives without going to court. However, sometimes court is unavoidable. We practice in different but complementary areas of the law. This gives us a broad range of experience. As a result, when we must go to court, we go with confidence because we have the experience, skills, and relationships to be successful when we get there.

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Practice Areas

Personal Injury Attorney

Personal Injury lawyers at Speaks Law Firm are available to answer your questions If you have been injured in auto, work or other accident.  We are nationally recognized for our Experience, Professionalism and Results.  We work with people who have been in accidents recover fair compensation for their injuries. Call today for a FREE private consultation or to develop a custom strategic case management plan.

Accident Lawyer

The Auto Injury Lawyers at Speaks Law Firm are professional, experienced and effective.  We are available to answer your questions.  Just call (910) 341-7570 or (877) 593-4233.  Do you need an attorney?  Should you give a recorded statement?  Should you sign a release?  Call now to find out the answers to these and other questions.  The call is FREE.  There is no obligation.

Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Accident Lawyers at Speaks Law Firm know the laws governing the trucking industry.  We are here to make sure your claim is set up correctly right from the very beginning to obtain maximum value.  We can show you what to do and what NOT to do.   We will fight to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and property damage.  We represent people hurt in commercial truck accidents in eastern North Carolina, and we focus on each case like it is our only case.  Call now at (910) 341-7570 or toll free at (877) 593-4233 for more information.

Auto Injury Attorney

Auto Injury Attorneys at Speaks Law Firm can show you what to do and what NOT to do after an auto accident.  These are the things that will determine whether you receive a fair settlement or not. Call now to avoid making expensive mistakes. 


Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accidents can result in very serious injuries or death.  If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, permanent injury and pain and suffering and other damages.  Call now to find out how we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to under the law and avoid expensive mistakes.

The Attorneys at Speaks Law Firm can show you what to do and what NOT to do after an auto accident.  These are the things that will determine whether you receive a fair settlement or not. Call now to avoid making expensive mistakes. 

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

We are experienced drunk driving accident and injury lawyers.  Our mission is to hold these dangerous drivers responsible for the damage they cause.  We can answer your questions and get you the compensation you deserve.  You didn't ask for this problem but you need a powerful advocate on your side.  Call (910) 341-7570 or toll free at (877) 593-4233. 

Serious Injuries

If you have been seriously injured in an auto, truck or motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call now to discover how we can help you recover fair compensation for your serious injury claim.

Spinal Injuries

Spinal Injuries present daunting challenges.  Your doctors, nurses and therapists will help you with the medical and physical obstacles. We can help you address the potentially life-long financial challenges than result from a spinal injury. We may be able to help whether your injuries result from a work place accident, an auto accident, medical negligence or some other catastrohic event.

Premises Liability

Person Injured in Wilmington AccidentWrecks, fires, falls and accidents can cause serious injuries.  Serious injuries can have a serious impact on your family, your financies and your life.  We can help you maximize your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.  Call to avoid common mistakes that can cost you thousands.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury can change your life forever.  We have extensive experience in helping people who have brain injuries resulting from automobile accidents, work place accidents, industrial accidents and other accidents. Mistakes made early in injury cases can delay treatment, complicate claims and reduce compensation.  We can help demonstrate liability and prove the nature and extent of your injures. We can help get the treatment and compensation to which you are entitled.  Call now to discover how we can help you recover the settlement you deserve.


Wrongful Death

A wrongful death claim arises when one person dies as a result of the negligent or intentional conduct of another. Your quick response could determine whether the claim is successful or not.  Evidence must preserved.  Causation must be established.  Our Wilmington NC wrongful death lawyers can help you recover the compensation you deserve for a lost loved one.



Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals save lives, but what happens when the make a mistake.  The results can be devastating.  Death and permanent injury can result.  Who should bear the cost of these mistakes? 

The law places the cost of accident on those who cause them.  Call for more information about medical malpractice.

Injury Lawyer

Knowledge is power.  You can learn what you need to know here several different ways.  You can call us, chat with an online operator, contact us, request a FREE Informative Book or Magazines, or you can continue your research on this site. 

Workers Comp Lawyer

The experienced, professional and effective Workers Comp lawyers at the Speaks Law Firm can help you get the medical attention, benefits and settlement that you deserve.  Call now for immediate answers to your workers compensation questions.

Divorce Lawyers

Your rights, assets and access to your children are our top priorities.  We can provide immediate, experienced, aggressive and strategic assistance and help you protect what matters most.  Call or click to set up a consultation with an experienced, professional and effective divorce lawyer today.

Equitable Distribution

If you are contemplating divorce, you will need reliable information about equitable distribution in North Carolina.   Equitable distribution is the process of dividing marital property after divorce.  You can speak to a trustworthy, dedicated and experienced family law attorney about the your particular situation now.  Call Speaks Law Firm today for more information (910) 341-7570.

Child Custody Lawyer

We have extensive experience with child custody and visitation cases in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Experience is essential to making sure you get an custody schedule that will allow you to continue to have a close and loving relationship with your children.

Temporary Child Custody

You can speak to an experienced, knowledgeable, caring attorney about your temporary custody options today. 

Separation Agreements

The attorneys at Speaks Law Firm understand the intricacies of separation agreements and divorce.  They can help you negotiate favorable terms in your separation agreement.  You must take steps to make sure that you are treated fairly.  Speaking with an experienced divorce and family lawyer can accomplish this goal.

Fathers' Rights

For years fathers have been undervalued in North Carolina courtrooms.  We have set out to change that dynamic, one father at a time.  Call to find out how we can help in your fight to maintain your relationship with your child after divorce.

DWI, Traffic and Criminal Defense

Criminal convictions can threaten your freedom, your reputation and your future.  Call (910) 341-7570 to find out how we can put our years of experience to work for you.

Traffic & Driving Offenses

If you have been charged with a traffic violation or driving offense in North Carolina, we can help. After years of helping people charged with these types of offenses, we have experience at all stages of the criminal process.  We can provide comprehensive legal representation to protect your license, rates, reputation and more. 

Speeding Tickets & Minor Traffic Violations

If you've received a speeding ticket, you need an experienced traffic ticket attorney in Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC, Burgaw, Pender County, NC and Bolivia, Brunswick County, NC.  These offenses can increase your insurance premiums and adversely affect your ability to drive.  We can answer your questions and help you obtain the best result possible in order to protect your license and your rates.  In addition, we can save you time, money and inconvenience. 


Anyone can be charged with a crime.  Now that YOU have been charged with DWI or DUI, your reputation, your career, and your freedom may be in danger.  The experience, effort and relationships developed by our DWI or DUI lawyers are a phone call away.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Anyone can be charged with a crime.  If you have been charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, your reputation, your career, and your freedom may be in dangerWe can help.  Our Experience, Effort and Relationships are a phone call away.

Assault on a Female

Anyone can be charged with a crime.  Now that YOU have been charged with Assault on a Female, your reputation, your career, and your freedom may be in DANGER.  WE CAN HELP!  Our Experience, Effort and Relationships are a phone call away.

Larceny and Shoplifting

Anyone can be charged with a crime.  If you have been charged with a crime, your reputation, your career, and your freedom may be in dangerWe can help.  Our Experience, Effort and Relationships are a phone call away.


Underage Drinking Tickets

Anyone can be charged with a crime.  If you have been charged with a underage alcohol consumption, your reputation, your career, and your freedom may be in dangerWe can help.  Our Experience, Effort and Relationships are a phone call away.

Felony Charges

Anyone can be charged with a crime.  Now that you have been charged with a felony, your reputation, your career, and your freedom may be in danger.  The lawyers at Speaks Law Firm can help.  You can access the experience, effort and relationships our attorneys have developed over years of practice with a phone call now.

Expungement & Expunction

If you are serious about restoring your good name and preserving your reputation, talking to an attorney will ensure you won’t be denied any opportunities legally available to you.   Call (910) 341-7570 for more information.

Federal Criminal Defense

The average sentence of imprisonment in the for a federal criminal case in the eastern district of North Carolina is just under 20 years.  Call now to find out how we can help you avoid being another statistic in the federal system.

Civil & Real Estate Litigation

Civil Litigation is the process of resolving disputes between individuals or businesses over money, real estate, contracts, debt or some other right or obligation.  An aggrieved party may sue the other individual or business in court.  The resulting civil lawsuit must identify the parties, state the basis for relief and make a specific request for the relief sought.  A civil dispute can be resolved by a judge, a jury, an arbitrator or the parties themselves.  We can help you recover money damages, assert claims and defenses, and enforce your rights.  We can also help negotiate a favorable resolution to claims where you may have liability.  We represent Plaintiffs and Defendants in these types of lawsuits everyday.

Eminent Domain

Government agents may suggest that their offer is final and that you have no alternatives but to accept their appraisal. An experienced attorney will work to show the value of your property. Land is a finite resource, make sure that you have been fairly compensated before you lose it forever.  Call (910) 341-7570 or (877) 593-4233 for more information.

Land Condemnation

It's important to make sure that you've got an experienced advocate to help you evaluate and argue against condemnation.  The attorneys at Speaks Law Firm are available to help you protect your property rights.  For more information, call (910) 341-7570 to find out how we can help.