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Thomas “Tom” Kilpatrick formed Kilpatrick Law Group with his wife, Samantha.  Prior to that time, Tom was a partner at a well respected, mid-sized firm 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 cases helps him avoid costly learning curves and delays. 

Most recently, Tom was named among Business North Carolina's 2018 Legal Elite in the area of litigation.  Since 2012, Tom has repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®.  He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®  2017 in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Construction.  He is also rated “AV” Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and has been since 2007.  He was recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2009-2011 ).

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.  


  • 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 (2012-2014)
    •     Professionalism Committee
  • 10th Judicial District
    •     Fee Dispute Resolution Committee

Community Activities

  • Operation Resolute, Board of Directors
  • North Ridge Country Club, Board of Governors (2013-present) 
  • 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 Presentations
  • "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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