Conor Degnan remains calm under pressure. A former prosecutor in New Hanover and Pender Counties, he has tried well over 150 cases and is experienced in developing trial strategies. He understands that the legal system can be daunting and takes the time to explain the process and address any concerns his clients have.

While enrolled at the Wake Forest University School of Law, Conor served as a research assistant and completed an internship with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was also involved in two legal clinics – litigation, and innocence and justice.

Valuing community service, Conor served on the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Organization whose goal is to fundraise to provide grants to students participating in unpaid internships focused on public service. He has also served as a certified part-time law enforcement training instructor through Cape Fear Community College.

When not practicing law, Conor enjoys trips to the beach, golfing, cooking, coaching youth lacrosse for the Cape Fear Lacrosse Association, and watching Penn State football.

Experience and Involvement


  • Wake Forest University School of Law:
    • Public Interest Law Organization, Board of Directors Member
    • Litigation Clinic participant
    • Innocence and Justice Clinic



  • Curbing Excessive Force: A Primer on Barriers to Police Accountability, April 18, 2017, American Constitution Society Issue Brief
    • Co-authored with Professor Kami Chavis arguing reform efforts to increase law enforcement accountability


Wake Forest University School of Law:

  • CALI Award: Criminal Law, Perspectives in Law Enforcement (highest course grade)
  • Recipient of the Law Dean’s Scholarship