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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1990, Order of the Coif; Moot Court Board

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 1986


Tommy Holderness has resolved disputes and tried cases since 1990. His practice focuses on trust and estate litigation, taxes, shareholder derivative actions, money mismanagement claims and contract disputes. Tommy has helped several clients prevail in tax disputes against the North Carolina Department of Revenue in cases that went to the Court of Appeals, and he also helps clients avoid problems through pre-litigation counseling.

Tommy maintains an active pro bono practice, including the representation of low income tenants and low income individuals in conflict with the IRS.

He worked for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1990-98.

Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, litigation - trusts and estates, 2008-18
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina leading litigation attorney, general commercial, trust and estates, 2012-17
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006, 2010-17
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • North Carolina Bar Association, William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award, 2012
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Citizen Lawyer Award, 2011
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Pro Bono Publico Award, Alumnus of the Year, 2010
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, 2009
  • Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, 2007



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Community Affiliations

  • First Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Board of Directors
  • The Burrito Project
  • Volunteer Basketball Coach
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