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P: (919) 821-4711


Physical Address:
Wells Fargo Building
150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1151
Raleigh, NC 27602

(Wake County)
(919) 821-4711
Fax: (919) 829-1583

Local Government Law and Litigation

A primary focus of the firm’s litigation practice is dedicated to representing local governments. Our clients include school boards, community colleges, counties and municipalities, as well as their affiliated employees and officers. North Carolina local governments and their officers are generally afforded various immunities in defense of civil actions. At Tharrington Smith, we can navigate the myriad complexities that are unique to local governments to help you achieve superb results.

Our attorneys are experienced litigators. In our 50 year history, we have defended local governments in a variety of liability matters, including personal injury claims, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury claims. We also regularly defend local governments in a wide array of personnel matters, from wrongful discharge, to discrimination, and retaliation-based claims. We are experienced in defending local governments in contract claims, such as general contractors in a construction dispute or service providers in an alleged breach of contract claim. We also represent local governments in instances where it is necessary for them to bring a lawsuit against someone else. We regularly represent local governments in construction matters where faulty or improper work was performed.

As lawyers, we believe it is critical for local governments to receive the level of service they have contracted for in light of their limited financial resources. Tharrington Smith attorneys are here to assist local governments to capture what they are owed by providing cost-effective solutions to help achieve remarkable results. With nine primary litigators and an education law section comprised of fifteen lawyers, we bring the collective knowledge of nearly two centuries of legal experience to local government, school boards and municipalities across the state.

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