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Emily D. Bretz

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Phone: 704-342-4357

2412 Arty Ave
Charlotte, North Carolina 28208

Emily is a passionate and driven attorney who fights to protect the rights of her clients. Since the start of her career, where she represented juveniles at the Council for Children’s Rights, Emily has zealously defended the rights of those who are not always heard. Since then, as an associate attorney at Powers Landreth PLLC, she has maintained the same level of dedication, hard work, and compassion, toward her clients during what is often a difficult time in their lives.

At Powers Landreth PLLC, Emily is eager to assist those facing criminal charges and traffic citations throughout the state of North Carolina. In addition, Emily assists clients who are seeking a hearing or facing a suspension by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) regarding a refusal of chemical analysis in a DWI case, an interlock system violation, or license restoration. Emily also handles civil and domestic cases for the firm, including domestic violence and family law. In 2014, Emily was honored as one of Top 100 Trial Attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers. In 2017, Emily was named Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers.

After growing up in Central Florida, Emily attended The Florida State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Emily received her law degree from The Charlotte School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Emily has been an esteemed member of the North Carolina Bar since 2012.

Although not a native North Carolinian, Emily is proud to now call Charlotte her home for the past 8 years and use her passion for the law to defend the citizens of Charlotte. When not practicing law, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, exploring local restaurants, traveling, and watching the Florida State Seminoles, Carolina Panthers, and Charlotte Knights. Emily also enjoys volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter, as well as volunteering through Hands On Charlotte.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal, traffic, domestic, or driver’s license issue, Ms. Bretz would be happy to assist you.

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J.D., The Charlotte School of Law, 2012
cum laude

B.S. Psychology, The Florida State University, 2009
magna cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice North Carolina, 2012
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North Carolina
Member Since: 2012

Client Reviews
My daughter had a second DUI and when it all seemed hopeless, Bill was able to get the charges dropped. This is a man who is extremely knowledgeable, yet still keeps his integrity which was impressive to me. He handles himself with dignity. If you hire him, you will have the best of the best, along with his expansive intellect and wisdom about the law. Please don’t feel hopeless, when you can hire such a great attorney to be on your side.
Bill Powers’ staff has handled several traffic citations for me over the years, and they exceeded my expectations each and every time. Would highly recommend anyone faced with a traffic citation or court case contact his office and they will handle it from there. M.C.
I utilized Bill Powers and his firm after my DUI infraction in December 2011. During my initial consultation he immediately made me feel at ease with his knowledge of the law and his confidence in moving forward. Not to mention a great personality. He filled me in on all the ramifications and the process as a whole. I am a realist, and did not expect miracles. But Bill is stickler for procedure and that is what you need in a crises such as this. It took a good year, and the results were more than I could ever anticipate or hope for. I would have paid more had I known the results ahead of time. If you find yourself in a similar situation, trust me, he is your go to lawyer. J SJ