D. Keith Teague
Few lawyers know more about the ins and outs of northeastern North Carolina courts than Elizabeth City attorney D. Keith Teague. Keith has been practicing law in the area for over 50 years as a prosecutor, defense lawyer and plaintiffs’ attorney. He has a wealth of experience that oftentimes provides a crucial edge for clients, whether they are his North Carolina neighbors or Outer Banks visitors. When you consult with Keith Teague, you can expect personal, small-firm customer service, the experienced advice of a seasoned practitioner, and the highest level of professional integrity.
Keith's career includes significant successes for criminal, DWI and traffic ticket defense clients, along with million dollar verdicts and settlements for injured clients. But he will tell you that those court victories are not as important to him as his reputation in the community because, “a good name is better than riches.”
"If you’ve got a good reputation, people will seek you out and hire you. I’ve pretty much tried to build a practice based upon who I am and my reputation as a person. A lot of what I do is to help people through very difficult times. I just love helping people. If I couldn’t get up in the morning and feel that I couldn’t help someone in their difficult times, I just wouldn’t do the job. That’s how I’ve been able to do it for this length of time.”
Keith’s reputation in the local courts began in 1973, when he became an assistant district attorney for the seven-county First Judicial District and went on to try hundreds of criminal cases. He went into private practice in 1981.
If there is one thing as important to Keith as his law practice, it's his family. Married for over 40 years, he is a proud father of four children — and an even prouder grandfather of his granddaughter, Sadie.
- Wake Forest School of Law (J.D. 1973)
- Elon College (A.B. 1970)
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina State Bar
- Former Chairman, First Judicial District Bar
- All North Carolina state courts
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
- Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional and ethical excellence