Benjamin Lankford

Awards & Accolades
The National Trial Lawyers
Benjamin J. Lankford
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E-mail Me Benjamin Lankford

Greensboro, North Carolina

I've been focused on criminal law since my first year of law school at Wake Forest University. For the past 6 years, I've practiced criminal defense at Roberts Law Group. I grew up in Greensboro, NC, went to UNC-Chapel Hill for college, and then Wake Forest University for law school. Prior to graduating Wake Law, I was interning at the Guilford County Public Defender's Office, working with the WFU Innocence and Justice Clinic, and excelling in the classroom.

My practice is dedicated to representing those accused of misdemeanors, felonies, and juvenile matters in Wake County and across North Carolina. In the past couple of years, I have also developed a portion of my practice that's devoted to representing those accused of "Title IX" violations by their colleges and universities.

The Confidence You Need to Hire Roberts Law Group, PLLC

I have been selected by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" and as a "Top 40 Under 40" criminal defense attorney by the National Trial Lawyers. If you look at my profile on, you'll see that I get good reviews from my clients.

For years I have been representing and helping people faced with all types of criminal allegations, from drug trafficking and assault to embezzlement and Medicaid fraud. I have represented people who are college professors, students, military personnel, truck drivers, bartenders, lawyers, and everything in between. No matter a person's background or charges, I work hard to build relationships with my clients. I take a lot of pride in knowing what the statutes and the caselaw say, but that's usually not enough to defend a case. I think there is a lot of truth to the idea that "the law" is as much about people as it is about the laws written in a book. I recognize that results are important to people accused of crime-for many of my clients, their case is the first time they have been formally accused of anything more serious than a speeding ticket. During our first call, we will discuss options, possibilities, and what a good result might look like for you under your circumstances given your goals. At the end of the day, I am confident that I can help people get favorable results in their criminal matters; if I didn't believe that, I wouldn't take your case.

Recently, I have found myself representing more individuals faced with "Title IX" allegations by their universities. This is an arena that seems to be changing. In 2019 and 2020, I have successfully represented both faculty and students accused of misconduct at colleges and universities across the state. Success in these types of cases usually boils down to knowing the process a school uses to adjudicate allegations and knowing how to present favorable evidence on a client's behalf. I've found that my experience handling criminal cases translates well to Title IX defense. Often, a Title IX investigation will involve a parallel, ongoing criminal investigation. And even when criminal consequences are not at issue, my experience investigating allegations, questioning witnesses, and researching procedure in the criminal context will benefit my client in a university proceeding.

I Love This Job

I hope to do this for a long time. The criminal justice system can work if people accused of crimes get excellent representation. That is my goal.

After work, I run marathons and try to get to Chapel Hill to watch the Tar Heels.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
    United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
    United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D.
  • University of North Carolina, with Distinction
    • B.A.

Representative Clients

  • Assault on a Female, Cyberstalking: Not Guilty
  • Felony Breaking and Entering: Conditional Discharge
  • Obtaining Property by False Pretenses: Dismissed

Past Employment Positions

  • Guilford Public Defender's Office, Clerk
Disclaimer: The listed cases are illustrative of the types of cases handled and do not represent the entire record of cases handled by the firm. The outcome of a particular case is based upon a variety of factors and cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or law firm's past results. The penalties listed for each case are the maximum amount of time the client was facing, based upon the structured sentencing guidelines and taking into consideration each client's criminal record at that time. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.