Let Our Experience Be Your Guide

The attorneys at Tharrington Smith pride themselves on providing the highest quality professional legal services available. The motto “we don’t deal with cases, we deal with people” is the foundation of our practice. Because of this, we have grown into a practice that reaches across the state, and have earned a reputation that spreads across the nation. Focusing on the core proficiencies of family law, education law, criminal defense, and civil litigation, the firm’s legal services include matters relating to criminal tax investigations and defense, construction disputes, election protests, intellectual property issues, personal injury, employment discrimination, and mediator services. Tharrington Smith has helped countless individuals, companies and governmental boards find lasting resolution to their legal issues in North Carolina for 50 years.

Why Work With Us?

Why work with us? Our Raleigh-based lawyers provide what we consider to be the most critical legal services affecting the quality of life in our state. Our practice is focused on supporting and protecting families, individuals, business, and education in North Carolina. An overview of what we do is below.

Litigation Services

Civil Litigation

We believe in alternate solutions, in applying them creatively and creating lasting resolution to our clients’ disputes. We are experienced trial lawyers.


Primarily, our Civil Litigation services include:

Family Law & Divorce Services

Matrimonial Lawyers

Divorce & Family Law

Family law is a passion of ours here at Tharrington Smith. We represent clients through all phases of the matrimonial process from premarital planning through retirement distribution.

Criminal Defense Services

Criminal Defense

Our well-known strength is criminal law. Our criminal defense lawyers offer more than 200 years combined experience to defendants in North Carolina.

We represent clients across the state in both State and Federal criminal matters, including:

  • Driving While Impaired (DUI/DWI)
  • Drug Offenses
  • Homicides and Assault
  • Larceny and Theft Offenses
  • Traffic Offenses
  • White Collar Offenses
  • Corporate and Government Investigations
  • Criminal Tax Investigations
  • Criminal Appeals

Education Law Services

Education Law

Tharrington Smith has been a partner to education in North Carolina for more than 30 years. Our experience allows us to provide the full range of legal support to public school boards statewide.

Featured Lawyer


Welcome back to returning partner Michael Crowell. Mr. Crowell focuses on governmental and administrative law and returns to us from UNC’s School of Government.