Associate Attorney William Pruden

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William Christopher Wood Pruden is an attorney at Tarlton Polk and a Military Intelligence Captain in the Army Reserves. William’s practice focuses primarily on federal and state criminal defense, including high stakes RICO cases, financial crimes, grand jury preparation and matters involving classified information and national security which require a Security Clearance. 


William was born and raised in Edenton, North Carolina. Before entering the practice of law, he enlisted in the North Carolina National Guard in 2010, where he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. While in the National Guard, William also served as a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Executive Protection Detail.


In 2013, William attended the Army’s Military Intelligence school where he graduated in the top five percent of his class. In his last year of law school, the Army ordered him to active duty where he served as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for General Mark A. Milley, and U.S. Army Forces Commander, General Robert. B. Abrams. After graduation from Campbell Law School, William entered the U.S. Army’s Psychological Operations Division as a reservist Captain.


While at Campbell University, William earned both his law degree and his master’s in trust and wealth management. He was also the Military Law Students Association President and led the Veterans Re-Entry Project.


William transfers his military training and experience into drive and vigilance at work, representing people accused of serious offenses and believing firmly in protecting the constitutional rights of his clients.



  • Senior Intelligence Analyst
  • Former Intelligence Officer of the National Guard