Dawn Tutterow

Dawn Tutterow

Lincolnton, North Carolina

Dawn Tutterow was born in Charlotte, North Carolina but has been a resident of Lincoln County, North Carolina from a young age. She attended East Lincoln Senior High where she graduated in 1985. Dawn attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated in May 1989 with a Bachelor o f Arts Degree with Distinction, majoring in Political Science. Dawn also attended the University of North Carolina School of Law. She graduated from UNC School of Law in May 1992 and was admitted to practice law in North Carolina in August of that same year. After graduating from law school, she worked in private practice in Asheville, NC in 1992 and for the National Legal Research Group in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1994.

In October 1994 Dawn returned to Lincoln County and began working as an Assistant District Attorney for the 27B Prosecutorial District which covers Lincoln and Cleveland Counties and remained in that position through the end of December 2006. In January 2007 she began employment as an Assistant District Attorney in the 25th Prosecutorial District which covers Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. As an Assistant District Attorney for over 20 years Dawn prosecuted all types of criminal cases in Juvenile, District and Superior Courts handling matters from traffic and DWIs to murder cases.

In April of 2015 Dawn joined The Jonas Law Firm to handle the traffic and criminal matters for the firm. Her practice with The Jonas Law Firm is exclusively criminal defense. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Lincoln County Bar Association, and The North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Dawn is admitted to practice law in all State Courts in North Carolina as well as before the United Stated District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition, she is also a member of the Lincolnton Sunrise Rotary Club.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1992


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1992
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • 25th Prosecutorial District , Assistant District Attorney, 2007 - 2015
  • 27B Prosecutorial District, Assistant District Attorney, 1994 - 2006