Kerstin Walker Sutton - Attorney Profile
Kerry Sutton manages the Durham office of Sutton & Lindsay PLLC, focusing on Title IX matters, felony defense and professional license and ethics issues, as well as on developing emergency crisis management and media management plans for high profile clients.
Ms. Sutton is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Central University School of Law, Ms. Sutton has continued her support of those institutions through professional ethics and Title IX presentations in a variety of on-campus educational programs and forums. Ms. Sutton strives to raise the level of public knowledge about criminal law issues by regularly speaking to citizen and student groups about her work as a legal professional and her regular involvement in the political process in North Carolina.
Ms. Sutton has gained extensive experience over the years in managing the public relations aspects of high-profile legal cases and is adept at dealing with media requests and coordinating press coverage. Ms. Sutton has been interviewed as a local legal resource and about many of the high-profile cases on which she has worked by print and broadcast media outlets from North Carolina’s News & Observer (Raleigh), the Durham Herald-Sun, WRAL-TV (NBC/Raleigh), WNCN-TV (CBS/Raleigh) and WTVD-TV (ABC/Durham) to The New York Times, the Associated Press,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, ESPN, Dateline and the CBS Today Show.
Ms. Sutton, along with her partner Steve Lindsay, dedicated nine months to seeing that
their client Allen Artis, a UNC Chapel Hill student athlete and football player, was cleared in 2017 of a rape accusation under Title IX at UNC, had the criminal charges against him dismissed, convinced the NCAA to restore the year of eligibility he lost due to his accuser’s false claims. Since saving her client’s educational and athletic future from extinction, Ms. Sutton has turned her attention in that matter to the public relations, ethics, legislative, educational and civil issues associated with the false accuser’s spurious claims.
The 2016 ESPN Films 30 for 30 documentary titled “Fantastic Lies” highlights the Duke Lacrosse case, the 2006 case of the false accusation of an alleged gang rape by members of the Duke Lacrosse team in Durham that captured the attention of the nation and the world in unexpected ways and has had an indelible effect on how people view the justice system in Durham, at Duke, and for accused students and criminal defendants in courtrooms across the country.
“The very first time I spoke with my Duke Lacrosse client’s father, I was on an Amtrak train to Charlotte when it plowed into a dump truck at a crossing in McLeansville. Could there have been any clearer sign of the train wreck that case would become?”
The North Carolina Advocates for Justice, a professional organization for plaintiffs’ attorneys and criminal defense attorneys, has honored Ms. Sutton numerous times over the years. She received NCAJ’s top award in 2005, the “Ebbie Award” Citation of Excellence. Ms. Sutton also received the NCAJ Outstanding Service Award in 2007 and 2008; was an NCAJ “Order of Service” award recipient from 2007 through 2012 and in 2017, and is a member of the NCAJ President’s Club.
Some notable examples of Ms. Sutton’s work leading to positive outcomes for her clients include:
- 2019: Finding of “responsible” on behalf of victim of sexual assault by NCAA Division I coach at the Penn State University.
- 2019: Finding of “responsible” on behalf of victim of sexual assault through US Olympic Committee’s SafeSport program.
- 2019: Verdict of “Not Guilty” in re-trial of North Carolina sex offense charges after prevailing on appeal at the NC Court of Appeals. (Pro bono.)
- 2018: Findings of “not responsible” in Title IX cases on behalf of accused student athletes at Eastern Carolina University and North Carolina State University.
- 2017: Dismissal of criminal charges and findings of no policy violations in defense of Title IX cases for UNC student athlete. Convinced NCAA to restore his lost year of eligibility.
- 2017: Finding of “responsible” in prosecution of Title IX case for a sexual harassment victim at a
private North Carolina college.
- 2017: Findings of "not responsible” in defense of Title IX cases for students at UNC-Chapel Hill, and 2 North Carolina high schools.
- 2017: No state or federal charges lodged against young adult client with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- 2016: Findings of "not responsible” in defense of Title IX cases for students at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University.
- 2015: No state or federal charges lodged against young adult client with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- 2015: Findings of “not responsible” in defense of Title IX Gang Rape case for 3 UNC System students.
- 2014: Dismissal of North Carolina rape charges against 2 professional baseball players.
- 2012: Elected District Attorney removed from office and suspended from practicing law after Superior Court hearing on Petition for Removal later upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 2012: Murder conviction in Durham overturned by the North Carolina Court of Appeals with an order for a new trial.
- 2011: Charges dismissed in 30 year old First Degree Sex Offense after hearing on prosecutorial misconduct.
- 2006: No rape charge lodged against her client in the Duke Lacrosse case.
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