J.P. Lattimore


  • State University of New York at Geneseo

    Bachelors of Arts in Political Science

  • Suffolk University Law School

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, WDNC
  • Fourth Circuit

Appellate Results

Recent achievements on direct appeal:
  • New trial ordered in case where client was convicted of Indecent Liberties in Gaston County. The N.C. Court of Appeals agreed with Lattimore’s argument that the trial judge committed reversible error by not exercising discretion when the jurors asked for a transcript of the testimony of the client and the alleged victim.
  • New trial ordered in case where client was convicted of Assault With Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury in Wake County. The N.C. Court of Appeals agreed with Lattimore’s argument that the judge erred by not giving the jury an instruction on self-defense.
  • The Supreme Court of North Carolina made a major change in law after agreeing with Lattimore’s argument that implied admissions of guilt by defense counsel require the consent of the client. This important decision gives defendants more control over how to defend their cases.
  • The N.C. Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in Onslow County for a man whose defense counsel implied his client’s guilt without the man’s consent. The client is currently free on bond awaiting the District Attorney’s decision about whether they will re-prosecute the case.
Recent victories on Motions for Appropriate Relief:
  • Client sentenced to time served after the Mecklenburg County Superior Court vacated consecutive sentences for armed robbery. With the new plea deal, the client’s original prison sentence was reduced by more than 8 years.
  • Client re-sentenced on a 2nd degree murder conviction in Durham County Superior Court. As a result, the client left prison 5-6 years early.


  • Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

J.P. Lattimore

Known by colleagues and friends as J.P., Joseph P. Lattimore has been practicing law for two decades. He began his career with a small criminal defense firm in Boston. He defended people against felony and misdemeanor charges in the District and Superior Courts in Massachusetts and the United States District Court in Boston. Building on that experience, Lattimore went on to open his own Boston-based practice in 2005. He zealously represented individuals in criminal matters in the trial courts in Massachusetts, resulting in victories in dozens of jury trials. Lattimore also expanded his practice to assist criminal defendants on appeal. As an appellate attorney, Lattimore convinced the Massachusetts Appeals Court to overturn numerous convictions.

Lattimore moved his solo practice to North Carolina in 2014 and began to expand his appellate caseload. Lattimore is largely focused on helping criminal defendants after their conviction at trial. His appellate and post-conviction work has led to the reversal of convictions in several cases, as well as other forms of relief.

Through his affiliation with Pfeiffer Rudolf, Lattimore now also litigates on behalf of those adversely affected by the abuse of power in Federal civil rights matters. He has contributed to the firm’s success in achieving judgments and compensation for clients on claims that the police suppressed evidence helpful to the defense, failed to conduct a fair investigation, made an unlawful arrest, and more.

Lattimore is a member of the Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.