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Thomas Kilpatrick


Thomas “Tom” Kilpatrick formed Kilpatrick Law Group in June of 2012 with his wife, Samantha.  Prior to that time, Tom was a partner at Manning Fulton & Skinner, PA in Raleigh where he served as the practice group leader of the litigation section. 

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

Professional Activities
American Bar Association
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Sections
Franchise Section
Litigation Section
Commercial and Business Litigation Committee
Real Estate, Property and Probate Litigation Committee

North Carolina Bar Association
Litigation Section
Dispute Resolution Section

Wake County Bar Association
Board of Directors
Professionalism Committee

th Judicial District
Fee Dispute Resolution Committee

Community Activities

  • OHT Outfitters, Board of Directors
  • Smiles for a Lifetime, Board of Directors 
  • The Volunteer Lawyers Program of Wake County, North Carolina & “Call 4 All” pro bono project of the N.C. Bar Association
  • 1999 Outstanding Volunteer Attorney for Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Providence Baptist Church Deacon
  • University of North Carolina Chi Psi Alumni Advisory Board
"Recent Updates to N.C. Lien Laws," Building Owners and Managers Association - Raleigh Durham, August 2012

The Unknown or Inadvertent Franchise,”
North Carolina Bar Association 2010 Business Law, Corporate Counsel and International Law Practice Sections Joint Annual Meeting, Pinehurst NC, February 2010

North Carolina Landlord-Tenant Law, “The Commercial Eviction Action,” and “What to do when the Tenant Vacates the Premises,” Raleigh NC, 2004


Thomas C. Kilpatrick

Tel:   (919) 871-0274
Fax:  (919) 890-0497
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