Colin Shive is a partner in the firm’s Education Law Section with a broad litigation practice including representation of boards of education and other governmental entities, nonprofits, corporations, and individuals. Colin received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University in 2006 and his law degree, with High Honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. Colin joined the firm in 2012, then worked as an associate attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center for one year before returning to Tharrington Smith in 2017. Some of his recent matters include defending boards of education against employment claims, advising a county board of elections, representation of a judicial candidate in an election law dispute, representation of a health insurance provider in a bid protest, defending individuals against contract claims from former employers, and other commercial litigation. He handles cases in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina.
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016, and since 2018
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Juris Doctor, 2011
High Honors, Order of the Coif
Community Development Law Clinic, participant Center on Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources, research assistant
North Carolina Law Review, staff member and editor
B. A. 2006
Magna Cum Laude
United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, law clerk for the Honorable William L. Osteen, Jr., 2011-2012
North Carolina State Bar 2011
Wake County Bar Association, member 2011
10th Judicial District Bar, member 2011
North Carolina Bar Association, 2011
Education Law Section, Member
Chair of the Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section of the North Carolina Bar Association for the 2020-2021 bar year
Young Lawyers Division Member
Young Lawyers Division, Ask a Lawyer Day Durham Site Coordinator, 2014-present; volunteer 2013
North Carolina Bar Association, Constitutional Rights Responsibilities Section Council Member, 2015
The Constitutionalist, Newsletter of the Constitutional Rights Responsibilities Section of the NCBA, Editor, 2015
School Systems and the Affordable Care Act: Current Issues; April 2015 NCBA Education Law Newsletter
Edwards v. Board of Elections; 18 CVS 9749, Wake County, Aug. 2018
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