N. Clifton "Cliff" Cannon, Jr. is the son of Ned and Mary Cannon of Stanley and a graduate of the Gaston County School System. Cliff attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. Cliff has lived in and maintained a law office in Gaston County since beginning private practice in 1984. Prior to 1984, Cliff worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Gaston County, prosecuting criminal matters for the State of North Carolina. Since beginning private practice, Cliff has successfully represented the citizens of Gaston County in criminal matters in the District and Superior Courts of Gaston and surrounding counties, and civil matters, including custody, visitation, support, divorce and property distribution. Cliff has also handled appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Mr. Cannon is currently licensed to practice in federal courts in the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, and has successfully argued cases before the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of which became a landmark decision and the basis of several law review articles concerning the right of attorneys to zealously represent their clients.
In over thirty years of practice in the Gaston County courts, Cliff has represented clients in virtually every area of law that would effect the average family in Gaston County; DWI, Driving While License Revoked, and other traffic matters, drug-related charges, assaults, domestic violence, probation violations, divorce, custody, visitation, child support, wills and estates, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, name change, adoptions, etc...legal problems which confront our families every day and which require legal assistance and practical solutions.