Thomas J. Falish

About me

In my business, estate planning and probate practices, I emphasize personal attention and building strong, long-term relationships with my clients. In my business practice, I serve as your partner, providing legal services to protect the business so you can focus on sales and growth. After helping countless clients build successful businesses, it’s very rewarding to be by their side when the businesses are sold. I provide the same personal attention and excellent client service to my estate planning clients. I take the time to understand your unique family situation and goals to create a comprehensive estate plan.

When clients leave our office with completed estate planning documents, they have peace of mind knowing that they have a thorough plan for distributing their assets and appointing the right people to care for their children and manage their affairs. When I see the relief on their faces after they have completed this important process, I know I have provided a valuable service.

Practice areas

Business law

  • Business transactions
  • Corporate law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Employment law
  • Intellectual property
  • Business formation
  • Breach of contract dispute
  • Business litigation
  • Non-compete agreements
Estate planning

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estate tax counseling
  • Health care power of attorney
  • Advanced healthcare directives

Professional activities & awards

Awards and recognition

  • AV Preeminent® peer rating – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Assistant District Attorney, 26th Judicial District (1973-1979)
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 26th Judicial District Bar Association (President, Young Lawyers Section, 1980-1981)
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (President’s Club)
  • The American Association for Justice (Sustaining Member)


  • North Carolina 26th Judicial District
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


  • J.D., 1989 Duke University School of Law
  • MBA, 1996 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.S., 1985 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Civic involvement

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Beta Gamma Sigma