Thom Goolsby

Thom Goolsby owns and manages the Goolsby Law Firm, a North Carolina criminal defense and personal injury firm that serves clients in New Hanover and surrounding counties. An experienced trial lawyer and two-term state senator, Attorney Goolsby has years of experience advocating for and aggressively defending those who find themselves harmed in an accident or accused of criminal acts.

Phone: 910-763-3339

Fax: 910-763-1720


Educated at The Citadel, Golden Gate University, and the University of North Carolina School of Law, Thom Goolsby has a strong foundation on which to expand his personal injury and criminal law practice. With decades of experience, he’s tried hundreds of criminal and personal injury cases and negotiated numerous personal injury settlements. Through his work as a North Carolina Senator, Chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Crime and Courts Commissions, he has a keen view of how the legal system works in the state.

Practice Areas

you need an experienced lawyer on your side who will advocate for you every step of the way.

Work Experience

  • Goolsby Law Firm, PLLC, Owner & Manager, 1993-Present 
  • North Carolina Senate, 2010-2014
  • Carolina Syndicated Columns, Writer, 1995-2014
  • Campbell Law School, Adjunct Professor, 1994-2010
  • North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission, Legal Counsel, 1992-1994
  • United States Marine Corps, Captain, 1984-1993 (including reserve time)

Notable Verdicts/Settlements

  • State v. Scaturro, Client found not guilty on DWI and careless & reckless charges
  • State v. Pedersen, Case dismissed
  • State v. Tucker, Client found not guilty on DWI charges
  • State v. Flannery, Client found not guilty on DWI charges
  • State v. Keen, Probation secured when the best pre-trial offer was 18 months active time

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina Senate, two terms
  • North Carolina Crime Commission, Commissioner
  • North Carolina Courts Commission, Commissioner
  • International Bar Association, Member
  • International Association of Penal Law, Member


  • North Carolina Governor, Order of the Long Leaf Pine (State’s Highest Award)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Million Dollar Advocate 
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, Client Satisfaction
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top One Percent
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, Litigator Award
  • Avvo, Perfect 10 Ranking


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1991
  • Golden Gate University, Master of Business Administration, 1987
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Bachelor of Arts, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1992


  • ISISC Journal, The Role of the Prosecutor in the Administration of Justice

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    “This is what I do. This is what I love. I care about my clients. I will help you.”

    212 Walnut St. Suite 100
    Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

    Like any quality criminal defense attorney, Thom Goolsby may be in court when you first call, but leave a voice mail or send a text. We’ll get with you as soon as possible, so we can go over what happened, evaluate the case, and explain what comes next.