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Education Law

North Carolina Public School Board and Education Law Attorneys

Tharrington Smith has been a partner to public education in North Carolina for over forty years.  Our attorneys specialize in the unique legal needs of K-12 educational institutions, supporting our clients through the day-to-day challenges of providing public education in a complex legal and political landscape.  We serve as general counsel for numerous North Carolina school systems, offering special expertise on a wide range of issues, including public records and open meetings law, personnel, student services and discipline, civil rights, special education, contracts, public bidding, school funding disputes, school construction and renovation.  In addition, we provide specialized litigation services to public school clients and their insurers across the state, appearing and advocating before state and federal courts and administrative agency tribunals.   With seventeen full-time school attorneys and eight education law paralegals and legal assistants, we are the largest and longest-lasting education law firm in North Carolina. We are committed to providing consistently top-notch legal advice and advocacy and pride ourselves on our expertise, experience, and intimate understanding of the many needs and challenges facing North Carolina public schools.

Brief History of Tharrington Smith, LLP

Tharrington Smith, LLP was founded in 1964 and has enjoyed 56 years of distinction in the practice of law in North Carolina.  Education law is the largest practice area in the firm. Other practice areas include criminal defense, family law, election law, and civil litigation.  Unlike many top-ranked North Carolina firms, Tharrington Smith has consciously resisted the trend of mergers, expansions, and multiple offices in order to maintain the professional atmosphere and close relationship among attorneys and clients for which the firm is known.  We treat clients as people, not “cases.”

Our Team

Tharrington Smith’s education law attorneys combine experience and legal savvy with a passion for education. We maintain a diverse culture of legal skill for the benefit of school board clients throughout North Carolina. In addition to student matters, the education law team at Tharrington Smith provides a full range of legal services to public school boards throughout the state. We are available to respond to your RFP and answer your school board’s legal support needs.

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