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Joe Tunstall was born in Washington, NC and attended Washington High School, where he was a member of the Pam Pack. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and of Wake Forest University with a Juris Doctor degree.

Joe Tunstall moved to Tarboro and joined Keel O'Malley, LLP in 2000. In 2006 Joe became a partner and the Firm was renamed Keel O'Malley Tunstall, PLLC. He practices in both our Raleigh and Tarboro offices.

Joe has extensive trial experience, including personal injury, vehicle accident, Social Security and Workers' Compensation cases, many before a jury. He has handled cases in Federal Court and argued at every level of the State Courts including the North Carolina Supreme Court. His practice areas include Personal Injury (injuries from car accidents and falls), Workers' Compensation, Social Security, and Civil Litigation.

Joe has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Personal Injury Law in 2012 and 2013.

He is also an active member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and has spoken at numerous continuing education classes for other attorneys.



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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 60%
    15 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    15 years
  3. Social Security: 10%
    15 years
  4. Workers Compensation: 10%
    15 years



Contingent (25-33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Merrick Borden

    A zealous advocate for his clients.


    James Borden Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

O'Malley Tunstall

8300 Falls of Neuse Rd Suite 108
Raleigh, NC, 27615

O'Malley Tunstall, PLLC

P.O. Box 1158
Tarboro, NC, 27886



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Rising StarNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerO'Malley Tunstall2010 - Present
PartnerKeel O'Malley Tunstall2006 - 2010
AssociateKeel O'Malley2000 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeAuto Torts Chair2014 - 2015
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Auto Torts SectionVice Chair2013 - 2014
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Auto Torts SectionSecretary2012 - 2013
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Workers Compensation SectionN/A2004 - Present
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Leggett v. AAASettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance in North CarolinaUM/UIM Coverage and Workers' Compensation Benefits Credits, Offsets & Reductions2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North CarolinaHistoryBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial of a Personal Injury CaseTrial of a Personal Injury Case2013
NCAJ Convention Civil MastersProgram Chair2013
DamagesWinning Claims Involving Diminution in Value2012
Bill v. Paid: Counting the True CostSeminar Chair2011
DisbursementsN.C.G.S. § 44-49, 44-50 and 44-50.12009
Insurance LawYou’ve Maximized Your Client’s Recovery From All Available Insurance, Now What Do You Do? Liens and Distribution Issues2008