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Elliot Sol Abrams



Elliot cares deeply about his clients,

stands up for them in and out of court, and enforces their rights.

Elliot Sol Abrams is a partner at Cheshire Parker who represents individuals and businesses in high-stakes cases and investigations.  A substantial portion of Elliot’s practice involves white-collar criminal defense, asset forfeiture defense, healthcare fraud defense, and defending licensed professionals facing disciplinary actions.  Elliot also handles select civil matters and other proceedings, including NCAA Infractions cases and government ethics investigations.

Elliot co-authored the Federal Criminal Practice Chapter of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practitioner’s Guide to Criminal Law (2016); won a unanimous en banc decision by the Fourth Circuit related to asset forfeiture; and has lectured for attorney organizations and civic groups on a wide array of topics including asset forfeiture and high-tech government surveillance techniques.

Elliot has represented two members of the North Carolina House of Representatives; numerous multi-million-dollar corporations; a Superior Court Judge; members of the United States Army Special Forces, as well as other military and law enforcement officers; a former gubernatorial candidate; the chairman of a county school board; multiple corporate officers; and numerous bankers, doctors, lawyers, accountants and real estate agents.  He is also currently representing an individual facing allegations in the long-running NCAA infractions case against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In criminal matters, Elliot has helped clients avoid charges or defend against a wide array of alleged offenses, including conspiracy, bribery, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, antitrust, obstruction of justice, and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), as well as drug offenses, gun charges, sexual assaults, and murder.  Elliot has also won two Motions to Suppress high-tech government surveillance in separate large-scale joint federal and state investigations.

Examples of Elliot’s work on forfeiture cases includes obtaining the release of over $2 million in seized client assets in a long-running bribery prosecution, and convincing the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a longstanding rule that allowed the government to seize citizens’ innocent assets before a criminal conviction.  Elliot has also co-authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court with other nationally-recognized asset forfeiture defense experts.

In civil cases, Elliot has helped clients in breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, RICO violations, False Claims Act matters, healthcare program reimbursement demands, and tortious interference with business and unfair trade practices suits.

Elliot has conducted internal investigations responding to government, whistleblower or other allegations of illegal conduct, and has represented clients before various administrative boards and other adjudicative bodies, including government ethics and professional licensing boards, the FDIC’s enforcement division, the NCAA Committee on Infractions, and numerous university disciplinary committees.

Elliot earned his law degree at Georgetown University, where he was a member of the moot court team and won best brief in a regional competition.  He was also the Treasurer for Habitat for Humanity.  During law school, Elliot worked for the firm and assisted Joe Cheshire and Brad Bannon prepare and try a four-week first degree murder trial that ended with a not guilty verdict.  Elliot obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where was selected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated in the top 3 percent of his class.  In high school, Elliot was a captain of both the varsity wrestling and varsity lacrosse teams and a letterman in varsity soccer.  Elliot has also competed on a blue marlin tournament fishing team that won the Governor’s Cup (a competition between fishing teams in North Carolina and South Carolina).

Selected Successes:

*Note that the specific cases referenced above and below do not represent all of the cases Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan has handled, and that past results do not guarantee similar outcomes in future cases. Every case is unique.
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