About Lindsey D. Granados

Attorney Lindsey D. Granados is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator who would like to be your next Wake County District Court Judge. Over the course of her career, Lindsey has tried hundreds of district court cases and numerous jury trials and stands apart from the crowd as being distinctly suited to take on the role of District Court Judge on the Wake County bench. Vote for Lindsey D. Granados for Judge on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in Courtroom 102 of the Wake Criminal Justice Center!

Lindsey Granados originally hails from the Sooner State, born and raised in Seminole, Oklahoma. Her education background includes attending Oklahoma Baptist University, located in Shawnee, Oklahoma and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with honors, magna cum laude. Lindsey graduated from law school with her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Lindsey’s life changed forever the first week of college when she met Ian Granados, who would become her college sweetheart. After dating through college, Lindsey and Ian were married at Lindsey’s home church of First Baptist Church of Seminole, Oklahoma. The newlyweds then made a cross-country move to Florida so Lindsey could attend law school at Stetson.

Toward the end of law school, a vacation to North Carolina to visit family led Ian and Lindsey to fall in love with the Triangle. The day after Lindsey graduated from Stetson Law School, they packed up the U-Haul and moved to their new adopted home in Cary, North Carolina. After passing the Bar, Lindsey hung out her own shingle and was the owner of Granados Law, PLLC for over six years, where she primarily focused on criminal law and defense, but also fostering experience in various courts in Wake and Durham counties. During this time, Lindsey built her law firm from the ground up, gaining a love of the courts, the criminal justice process, working with people through difficult times, and helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes for their cases.

In 2012, Ian and Lindsey became parents to a beautiful little girl, Evie. Now they can’t imagine life without Evie, an incredibly smart, articulate, verbose preschooler, who is destined to become the next attorney in the family, due to her penchant for argument and impressive negotiation skills! In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family and completing DIY projects around the house.

The Granados’ attend First Baptist Church of Cary, where Lindsey is very active and involved in Sunday school and the church music ministry. Lindsey sings in the choir and frequently sings solos in the worship services, and has previously been a member of FBC’s handbell choir, the Caryllons. Lindsey and Ian also volunteer in the church nursery.

In 2014, Lindsey was offered a position as an Assistant District Attorney for the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, and she “switched sides” to fulfill a long-time goal to be an ADA. After spending almost two years at the DA’s office, Lindsey is now back in private practice, defending people charged with all classes of felony criminal offenses and DWI at Kurtz & Blum, PLLC. Lindsey’s experience on both sides of the aisle gives her a well-rounded perspective when she approaches a case, and she advocates tirelessly for her clients’ rights.

After much careful consideration, Lindsey D. Granados has decided to engage in the next level of service to her community by seeking office as a District Court Judge. Lindsey Granados will work tirelessly to protect the rights of Wake County’s citizens, to uphold and defend the Constitution and administer justice for all.

Lindsey D. Granados

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Why Wake County District Court Judge?

I want to serve my fellow Wake County residents on the District Court Bench because I believe in justice, adherence to the Constitutions of the United States and North Carolina, and reinforcing the rule of law. But, in order reach those lofty ideals, there are several foundational-level items that must be met. Many of these items are intertwined, but the end result is that people need to be able to believe in our court system, and that it will work properly and efficiently, for them to accept the rule of law.

1. Dignity and Respect for All
ALL people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their position in the courtroom. This is true for the courtroom staff, including clerks and bailiffs, for law enforcement, for prosecutors, public defenders, private attorneys, and especially, criminal defendants and their families. I firmly believe that we need to treat each other how we wish to be treated. On the civil side, the same applies for plaintiffs and defendants seeking assistance from the court to settle their issues.

  • It has been my experience that when you give people respect, you will earn theirs in return. I will always seek to earn the respect of my colleagues, peers and individuals in my courtroom by starting first with how I interact and treat others.
  • Judges can be respectful and kind; this is not a sign of weakness.
2. Judicial Temperament
The Judge sets the tone for the courtroom, and either starts the day off on a good note or a sour note. I will always strive to create a courtroom environment where all parties are working cooperatively to maximize courtroom efficiency while maintaining the highest possible level of professionalism to ensure the integrity of our court system and the rule of law.

  • Judicial temperament is defined by the American Bar Association as “compassion, decisiveness, open-mindedness, sensitivity, courtesy, patience, freedom from bias and commitment to equal justice.”
  • These qualities are important to the administration of the courtroom, and I will work hard every day to personify these traits.
3. Judicial Efficiency
The Judge controls the pace and flow of the courtroom, and can either help or hinder the efficient handling of cases. It is my belief that there are many ways we can work with the courtroom staff and personnel to increase the courtroom’s efficiency and allow time for more cases to be heard and tried.

  • In Wake County, we have a morning and afternoon session of court, with a limited timeframe in which we can handle those cases. The vast majority of cases on any given day will be continued, while a few will plead and one or two cases will be tried. It is very important for the court to consider the type of case, and parties involved to discern if we really need to continue a case out another month, or we can push the issue to be resolved in a timely fashion, while still remaining fair to both sides.
  • A judge should be on time to court. In many cases, the real work of a courtroom cannot begin until the judge is present, so it is incredibly important that a judge be present at the beginning of a court session to maximize the time.
4. Fair and Impartial
The Judge must be fair and impartial, utilizing common sense and connecting that to the relevant law. It is absolutely imperative that a judge have an open mind, and not pre-decide a case prior to hearing all of the facts and evidence.

  • I have served as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, having tried hundreds of cases and motions over the course of my career, and can sift through the facts and apply the law consistently.
  • My past experiences have given me a well-rounded view of the issues in play. I have lived and worked in the trenches and know how to spot the main issues and find the little details that make a big difference in applying the law to the facts of each individual case.
  • I believe in listening, and want individuals in my courtroom to feel like they have been “heard.” After listening to the parties involved, I may not give them what they want, but they can have confidence in knowing that I carefully weighed all sides and crafted a decision that is based on the law.
5. Judicial Discretion
The Judge must make innumerable difficult decisions during the course of a day in court, and the public must have confidence in the judge to utilize her discretion wisely.

  • At the end of the day, the Judge’s role and the decisions made by her affect real people, with real lives and real problems. A Judge’s job is to assess the facts, the law, and then do what justice requires.
  • Judges are often called on to make difficult or unpopular decisions, and they need to be capable of exercising the independence and discretion in saying to the State “You didn’t prove your case” and find someone not guilty. Conversely, a judge needs to be able to tell a party that their version of events doesn’t quite make sense, and cut through the superfluous to discern the facts and the merits of each case.
  • As a judge, I will never forget that I have spent years helping people. As a criminal defense attorney, I have helped thousands of defendants seek the best possible outcomes for their case.  As a prosecutor, I helped hundreds of victims of crime by being their representative and giving them a voice in a sometimes overwhelming legal system. I see the role of the judge as a servant, seeking to find the just result in every case. In my quest for justice, I am helping my community by pursuing order and reinforcing that we are a society that operates according to the Constitution and core foundational principles such as the rule of law.
In the almost 10 years I have been practicing law, one thing remains. I love being in the courtroom. I have experience on “both sides of the aisle” and believe that I will be a good judge, and capable of applying the law fairly, consistently, and without partiality.  At my core, I believe in our system of laws and in the courts, and I want to be your next Wake County District Court Judge.  I feel that this is my calling. I hope you will support me in this endeavor, and I will always push to be worthy of the trust placed in me should I be selected to serve in this capacity. Thank you for your vote!

Professional Development

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Member in Good Standing, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member, 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Vice President, Wake Women Attorneys
  • CLE Committee, Wake County Bar Association
  • CLE Director, Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Laywers

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice in all State courts in North Carolina

Education

Stetson University College of Law

Juris Doctor, December 2007
Gulfport, Florida

Oklahoma Baptist University

B.A., magna cum laude, May 2005
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Current Employment

Kurtz & Blum, PLLC
Associate Attorney
June 2016-Present

Previous Employment

Office of the District Attorney for the 10th Prosecutorial District (Wake County)
Assistant District Attorney
October 2014-June 2016
Granados Law, PLLC
Owner/Attorney at Law
October 2008-September 2014
Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Stetson University College of Law
Advocacy Fellow
August 2007-December 2007
Office of the State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Clearwater, FL)
Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern, Prosecution Clinic
May 2007-August 2007

Volunteerism

Lindsey has a heart for teenagers and one of her greatest passions is working with teenagers, mentoring and encouraging them to work hard and achieve their goals!

While a freshman in her high school civics class, Lindsey learned about a new program (well, it was new back then!) called Teen Court that was designed to divert teenagers who would ordinarily find themselves in a criminal courtroom to a program that is designed to encourage teenage defendants to make better choices in the future. Motivated to help this group of her peers, Lindsey assisted in founding one of the first Teen Court programs in the State of Oklahoma. In the Teen Court program, an adult attorney or judge oversees a trial in which teenagers actively participate in roles such as bailiffs, prosecutors, defense counsel, and jurors who will deliberate each case and assign each defendant a constructive sentence, such as community service, educational classes or writing letters of apology.

2017 Raleigh Regional Mock Trial Winners with Lindsey D. Granados

Lindsey’s first encounter with the court system came when she routinely volunteered to represent the State as a teen “prosecutor” and helped advocate for teen defendants as a teen “defense attorney.” The Teen Court program opened her eyes to the law, and Lindsey loved being part of a program that gives teenagers a second chance, helping them learn from their mistakes. Lindsey volunteered with Teen Court all through high school, developing a love for the law along the way. Because of the Teen Court program and the positive impact the program made on her home community, Lindsey decided to become the first lawyer in her family.

When she became an attorney, Lindsey was delighted to discover the Teen Court program here in the Triangle, and she began volunteering again, this time as the judge in the courtroom, and helping to train the teens serving in advocacy roles. Lindsey is deeply committed to helping Triangle teens through the Teen Court program, a program which is needed to help bridge the gap until North Carolina’s “Raise the Age” bill takes effect in 2019.

Along those same lines, Lindsey has volunteered since 2009 with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Carolina Center for Civic Education, serving as a Regional Coordinator, organizing an annual high school mock trial competition the first Saturday in February. This program is a wonderful way to expose students to the law and the court system! It has been a great privilege to work with these incredibly talented teens and observing year after year how hard they work to learn complex topics like the rules of evidence, and improving their logic and public speaking skills!

In 2015, Lindsey helped serve on the Committee that organized that National High School Mock Trial Competition here in Raleigh, in which 43 states and 3 foreign countries participated.

Volunteer and Community Work

NCAJ High School Mock Trial Competition
Regional Coordinator for Raleigh
Regional Competition

Wake Conty Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers (WCACTL)

CLE Director

Cary First Baptist Church
Celebration Choir Member

Wake Women Attorneys

Vice President

Cary First Baptist Church
Women’s Ministry Team Member

Capital Area Teen Court

Volunteer Judge

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