Caroline Elliot

Associate
Criminal Defense Attorney - Admitted in Hawai‘i and North Carolina

Throughout her professional career, Caroline has advocated for those who have struggled with the system. As a teenager, Caroline’s passion for the vulnerable led her to establish a teen court, convincing judges, and lawyers to divert eligible young offenders from the more rigid criminal justice system to an alternative program aimed at providing opportunities for juveniles to succeed. In college at Clemson University, she assumed leadership roles in which she urged her classmates to participate in social and political causes to address pressing needs.

In law school at the University of North Carolina, Caroline led the law school’s Innocence Project, its Death Penalty Project, and she participated in its domestic violence advocacy program. Upon graduation from law school in 2008, these experiences convinced Caroline that she should follow her professional passion and she became a public defender in Raleigh, North Carolina. She quickly rose in the ranks to become one of the office’s most experienced lawyers in felony cases. Caroline’s career as a public defender lasted over a decade and included more than a dozen first-degree murder cases, several second-degree murder cases, some high-level sex offense cases, and hundreds of other felonies and misdemeanors. She has tried dozens of cases in front of both a judge and jury. Since relocating to Hawai’i, Caroline has worked in federal court in both capital and non-capital matters, helping to prepare some of the state’s most complex cases for trial.

In addition to her clients, Caroline has earned the respect of her fellow lawyers and of law professors, teaching continuing education programs to her colleagues and making guest appearances in law school classrooms. Judges and prosecutors recognize Caroline not only as a formidable advocate for her clients but also as a lawyer of the utmost integrity.

Mont B.
Mont B.
20:45 28 Jun 22
I really appreciate the teamwork culture of the firm. I worked with Caroline in the Honolulu... office. Caroline was extremely professional and went above and beyond working on short notice and working on the weekend. She worked really hard to obtain the best outcome for me. Thank you!read more
Diana V.
Diana V.
00:43 12 Jun 22
I am grateful beyond belief for the incredible team that helped me. Jody Broaddus, thank you for... everything you and your team did for me. I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.I haven’t been able to Breath right and my life has been rough. I’m still trying to recover and I know it will take a while but because of God putting the right lawyer and team in front of it all, I now have a light at the end of the tunnel. I thank you for the kind words and dedication you put forward.Thank you and God bless youread more
Hardeep K.
Hardeep K.
16:50 27 May 22
Jason D.
Jason D.
20:29 29 Apr 22
Attorneys for freedom was a 10/10 on handling my case, i had the pleasure of speaking directly to... the attorney and staff. Everybody was professional and helped me every step of the way giving these issues that create havoc and frustration in your personal life.Rachel Moss, was exceptional in going above and beyond what was necessary to get the results we were going for and we accomplished what we sout out for. Her communication and understanding of the law and policies led us to a great victory that we fought for from the beginning.Thank you to the entire staff for everythingI do appreciate your hard work, i definately could not have got the results we achieved on my own.read more
Spiritual T.
Spiritual T.
19:01 13 Apr 22
I had a hiccup with this company and I have to say I’ve never seen a faster turn around on fixing... the issue. John Harris went above and beyond my expectations on getting this resolved and I am thankful for his fast and prompt acts and the awesome service. Thank you John.read more
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