Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A. Exceptional Counsel & Resolute Advocacy

Donald K. Tisdale Sr.

Founding Attorney, Retired

Donald (Don) K. Tisdale, Sr., served as the Forsyth County District Attorney from 1974-1986, where he helped to establish North Carolina's Victim Assistance Network. Don's career included extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts and he was involved in numerous capital murder trials as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

Don received his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1968 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin and History from Wake Forest College in 1965. He was admitted to practice law in North Carolina in 1968 and has been certified to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of North Carolina; the U.S. Court of Appeals; and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Don previously served as an adjunct professor for the Wake Forest University School of Law Clinic Program. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.


  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Phone: 888-441-8522
  • Fax: 336-721-1176
  • Email: Contact us

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D - 1968
  • Wake Forest College , North Carolina
    • B.A - 1965
    • Major: Latin and History


  • Previous Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law Clinic Program

Honors and Awards

  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Forsyth County, District Attorney, 1974 - 1986

Meet Our Legal Team

  • Experience on Both Sides

    The majority of our lawyers are former prosecutors and know how the system works.

  • Focus on Client Experience

    Our clients are our top priority. Each team member treats every client with respect and every case with discretion.

  • Thousands of Cases Settled

    Our legal team has experience handling all manner of criminal cases and have a comprehensive list of satisfied clients.

  • Locally Based Firm

    Every one of our attorneys is from the local town and graduated Wake Forest Law School.


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