Tom regularly appears in North Carolina’s state and federal courts, and has litigated or arbitrated cases nationally and internationally. His experience litigating a wide range of business and personal claims helps him avoid costly learning curves and delays.
Tom listens to his clients and helps them make smart decisions to resolve their problems as economically as possible. He is well prepared for his cases and enjoys litigating in the courtroom, but understands that litigation is often not the best option. Being able to compellingly and artfully litigate a case helps Tom to negotiate and mediate cases for his clients.
He has represented clients in a variety of civil disputes including business contracts, commercial real estate and development litigation, executive compensation, franchising, construction, insurance coverage, fraud, self-dealing, and many other issues. He also assists individuals in matters such as condemnation, employment, trust and will contests, personal injury, and wrongful death.
Tom is a Certified Mediator for North Carolina Superior Court Civil Actions.
Tom was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Commercial Litigation (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), this being the second year, as he was also selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in 2013 in the field of Commercial Litigation. He is also rated “AV” Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and has been since 2007. He is recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2009-2011) and listed among Business North Carolina's Legal Elite (2012) in the area of litigation.
University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, Charles E. Merrill Fellowship, 1996 Holderness Moot Court, Dean's list
University of North Carolina, B.S., with honors and with distinction, 1993 Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Dean's list
Admitted to Practice
State of North Carolina, 1996
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina