Tom represents businesses in complex commercial litigation matters involving construction, product liability, business dissolution, real estate disputes, partnership disputes, unfair trade practice claims, and many types of contractual disputes, including both the enforcement of and defense against claims under non-competition covenants. With an intimate understanding of business operations across numerous industries backed by decades of complex litigation experience, Tom also acts as a trusted legal counselor to a wide variety of clients, including developers, contractors, insurance companies, realtors, and dental and other professional practitioners, advising on matters ranging from LLC and corporate formation to contract preparation and negotiation, leasing and real estate, and the creation of employee handbooks.
Tom is actively involved in professional organizations such as the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and currently serves on the Board of the Metals Center Services Institute’s Southeast Chapter. Widely recognized among colleagues and industry leaders locally, regionally, and nationally, his honors include an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating as well as regular placement on lists such as The Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and the Business North Caroline Magazine Legal Elite. He earned a dual-bachelor’s in Political Science and Film Production from Boston College before earning his J.D. at UC Hastings College of Law.