About Our Firm

Attorneys at Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, LLP have been recognized by their peers as among the best in their fields in North Carolina and nationwide. The firm has been selected for inclusion in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell. The Bar Register includes the legal community’s most eminent professionals. It includes only those select law firms that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.

William J. Thomas II has been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2006. Jay H. Ferguson has been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2008. Philip A. Mullins IV has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2011. Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, annually recognizes outstanding attorneys selected by thousands of leading lawyers throughout the country. A listing in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

With more than a hundred years of combined legal experience, the Durham, North Carolina attorneys at Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, LLP have spent their entire careers fighting for their clients’ rights in state and federal courts of law. Each lawyer brings to the client a commitment to ensure the best possible outcome. The attorneys are experienced and results-oriented, prepared to fight for clients in every case through litigation or settlement.

Strong Advocates for Your Rights

We will fight for your rights in Durham and throughout the state of North Carolina. Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, LLP provides high-quality service for the following legal issues and more.

Criminal Defense

We defend those accused of crimes ranging from under-age drinking to capital murder. Learn More


North Carolina makes aggressive DWI enforcements efforts–including sobriety checkpoints. Learn More


Would you like your criminal record wiped clean? In certain situations you may be able to! Learn More

Personal Injury

You should not bear the financial burdens of an injury caused by another person’s negligence. Learn More

Car Accident

Insurance companies are quick to offer compensation, but often it’s insufficient to cover your repairs and medical expenses. Learn More

Brain Injury

The long-term effects of a brain injury often don’t present for some time following a traumatic event. Learn More

Student Disciplinary Proceedings

One should not face disciplinary action without legal counsel experienced with university procedures. Learn More

Business Litigation

Contract disputes, non-compete agreements, partnership disagreements may have to be resolved in the courtroom. Learn More

Eminent Domain

There are specific criteria required for the government to legally take ownership of private property. Learn More

Our Building in Durham, NC

Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, LLP moved their law firm in November 1998 to renovated offices next to the former Durham County Courthouse on Main Street in Durham North Carolina.

The firm spent 10 months designing and reconstructing to preserve the character of the historic structure and contribute to the architectural style and elegance of the downtown area.

The Historic Preservation Society of Durham recognized the firm for its effort in 1999 by presenting the firm with the prestigious George and Mary Pyne Preservation Award.

The original structure, called the F.M. Glenn Building, was built at the turn of the century to house a restaurant. In 1943, the Parrish family bought the property and opened The Wee Shop. It soon became “the” place to shop for fine women’s clothing. The Wee Shop remained in operation until December 1997.