Michael P. Thomas, Partner of the Firm, focuses his practice on advising and representing clients on complex business issues, especially in dealing with the regulatory environments created by the federal government. In litigation, Mr. Thomas has represented clients at hearings, trials, and appeals across the state and around the country. Away from court, he has advised clients on their most sensitive matters, whether selling an entire business, negotiating executive contracts, restructuring significant divisions, or acquiring new assets. Mr. Thomas represents health care providers in all aspects of their business, including contracting with vendors and other providers, financing, acquisitions, Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance, employment law and contracting, HIPAA compliance, and real estate matters. Mr. Thomas spends a significant part of his practice advising employers with regard to employment law matters, and representing both employers and employees in employment litigation, including trade secrets and non-compete claims and claims based on civil rights laws. In addition, Mr. Thomas is a certified NC Superior Court Mediator. Mr. Thomas and his wife, Laura reside in Hickory with their four sons.

  • Princeton University – B.A. 1998
  • Washington and Lee University – J.D. 2001


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • North Carolina Federal Courts – Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Courts – Trial Courts, Business Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Georgia (Inactive)
  • North Carolina Certified Superior Court Mediator


  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Board Member
    • Past President, Employment Law Section
    • Past President, Young Lawyers Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Former Member, Section Council, Anti-Trust and Trade Regulation Section
  • Catawba County Bar Association
    • Past President
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
    • Past President
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Lacy H. Thornburg, W.D.N.C.
  • Past President, Catawba County Bar Association
  • Past President, 25th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Bar representative, Catawba County Courthouse Expansion Project Committee
  • Member of SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management; Past Secretary of Catawba Valley Chapter
  • Pro Se Settlement Assistance Program, United States District Court for the Western District North Carolina.
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Past Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group
    • Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee


  • Appointed by Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright to serve on the Bond Implementation Commission
    • Serves as Vice-Chair of the CityWalk Subcommittee
  • Counsel to the Board of Trustees of Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • President, SALT Block Foundation, Inc.
  • Past President, United Arts Council of Catawba County
  • Member, Hickory Rotary Club
  • Past Congregation Council President, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Graduate of Leadership Catawba (2004-05) and Past Planning Committee Member
  • Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP v. Myers Supply, Inc. C.A.8 (Ark.) | September 15, 2010 | 621 F.3d 771
  • Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP v. Four-U-Packaging, Inc. C.A.6 (Ohio) | December 13, 2012 | 701 F.3d 1093
  • Hickory Orthopaedic Center, P.A. v. Nicks N.C.App. | September 05, 2006 | 179 N.C.App. 281
  • D.E.F. of Hickory, LLC v. Honeycutt N.C.App. | February 17, 2009 |195 N.C.App. 459
  • Carter v. McCreary Modern, Inc. C.A.4 (N.C.) |March 07, 2012 | 468 Fed.Appx. 219
  • Peters v. Norwalk Furniture Corp. N.C.App.| September 07, 2010 | 205 N.C.App. 762
  • Gagne v. Best Advantage Marketing Group, Inc. N.C.App. | October 18, 2005 | 173 N.C.App. 756