durham attorney bill thomasBill Thomas has practiced law in Durham County since 1979 and has substantial experience litigating serious criminal and complex civil cases in federal and state courts. For almost 40 years he has served as a zealous advocate for the rights of the individual in cases involving criminal law, catastrophic injury, wrongful death and eminent domain (land condemnation).

Honors and Awards

Bill has been voted by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” which is considered to be a singular honor conferred on a lawyer by his peers. Additionally, his recognitions include membership in the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, a “Best Lawyer in North Carolina” by NC Magazine, a Member, National Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, “Top Lawyers in Corporate America” in Corporate Counsel Magazine in Criminal Defense. He is also a member of one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Bill was honored by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine®. Only 5% of the state’s lawyers are named by Super Lawyers®. Bill has an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating available for legal skill and ethics. Bill has also been a guest commentator on many local and national television programs including CBS Morning News, ABC Good Morning America, CNN News, CNN, and Court TV

Professional Activities

Bill is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of North Carolina, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Bill is a past president of the Durham County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and a past member of the Board of Visitors of the North Carolina Central University School of Law. He has been asked to speak at legal education seminars training other criminal defense attorneys.


B.S., 1976, Atlantic Christian College; J.D., 1979, North Carolina Central University School of Law with honors where he served as articles editor for the Law Review.