Goolsby Law Firm, PLLC

Thomas C. Goolsby, Esq.

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Senator Thomas C. Goolsby has a long and distinguished career as a trial attorney, North Carolina senator and professor of law. He owns the Goolsby Law Firm, PLLC and currently serves as a Commissioner on both the North Carolina Crime Commission and the Courts Commission. Thom was born in Dothan, Alabama and raised in the little hamlet of Ellijay, tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. He has resided with his family in Wilmington, North Carolina and for the last 25+ years has been practicing law in New Hanover County that includes the city of Wilmington and the towns of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.

Thom received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from The Citadel where he was the Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. His honors included:  a full scholarship from the United States Marine Corps, Cum Laude with Departmental Honors, Dean’s List, Gold Stars, Phi Kappa Phi, Economic Honor Society, The Round Table and Distinguished Naval Student.

After graduating from The Citadel, he served for four and a half years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and was called back into active service during the First Gulf War. While on active duty, Thom earned his MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California. Following his Marine Corps service, Captain Goolsby received his law degree from the University of North Carolina Law School where he was on the Dean’s List, a member of the Davis Honor Society and the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.

Thom attended the historic “Siracusa Conference” held in Sicily, Italy soon after the fall of the Soviet Union. As a delegate at the conference and a guest of the United Nations and the Council of Europe, he assisted in helping the former USSR and Central and Eastern European Republics in rewriting and reforming their criminal codes to include such things as the independence of the judiciary, the right to an impartial trial and the establishment of the Rule of Law.

Early in his legal career, Thom served as Legal Counsel to the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission and worked on issues involving violent crime, prison reform and the most intensive victimization survey ever done in the nation. He coordinated the international portion of the first Southeastern Regional Violent Crime Summit, sponsored by the United States Department of Justice, which brought in criminal justice experts from around the world to assist the region in obtaining workable solutions to its growing epidemic of violent and property crimes. Thom also served as the Legislative Liaison and Legal Counsel to the Juvenile Law Study Commission where he assisted in advising and lobbying the legislative branch on changes necessary to the juvenile code.

Senator Goolsby served in the North Carolina General Assembly after winning his seat in 2010 until 2014. He represented the Ninth Senatorial District.  Thom quickly rose to prominence in the Senate and served as Co-Chair for the Judiciary One Committee, Co-Chair for Justice and Public Safety Oversight and Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Commerce, Finance and State and Local Government Committees.

Thom is a much sought after legal counsel due to his many years of trial practice and experience.

“Thom helped me with my personal injury accident and he was very professional and got me a great settlement. He is such a kind and helpful person. Went ...”

A Personal Injury Client

“Thom is an experienced trial lawyer. Not afraid to go to court. He is particularly knowledgeable his areas of practice, but he has a wide range of knowledge of ...”


“Mr. Goolsby had my ADULT felony charges Expunged!!!! Seventeen years ago, at 21 years old, I was convicted of numerous very serious felony charges and due...”


“Thank you Senator Goolsby for ‘pulling me out of the fire’ again. I don’t know what I would do without your help I sat beside you in court during my ....”


“I was charged with assault and battery and was very worried about going to jail, as well as having a violent criminal record. Thank you for calming my...”


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“Mr. Goolsby is a well respected and accomplished attorney in North Carolina.”

Amanda M. Divorce and separation Attorney

“Thom is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I have seen him handle cases day in and day out with the utmost professionalism and integrity. I gladly endorse this attorney!”

Brian A. Criminal defense Attorney

“I endorse this lawyer – I have known Thom Goolsby and his associates for over 20 years. He is an extremely experienced and expertly skilled attorney who knows the law and fights extremely hard for his clients. As a former Senator, he has ...”

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