Thomas Henson Jr. joined Henson Fuerst in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1986 and his Juris Doctorate in 1989—both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thomas is the Past Chair of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (BIANC), advocating for brain injury victims and their families across North Carolina, and currently serves on its board. He has been a presenter at multiple conferences for victims of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), their caregivers, and brain injury professionals.
In 2012, Governor Bev Perdue appointed Thomas to the first of two four-year terms on the North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council. Part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the advisory council is responsible for studying the needs of people with brain injury; coordinating preventive efforts; promoting inter-agency coordination of efforts; and making recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and state organizations about planning, development, and funding.
Thomas remains an active member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. He recognizes that brain injuries can happen to anyone, anytime, and he is passionate about helping victims and families reassemble their lives under the best possible circumstances. Additionally, he contributed a chapter for the book The Miracle Mind: Sonya’s Story, a guidebook designed to help stroke and traumatic brain injury patients, their families, and their caregivers.
Thomas also served as a member and past director on the board of directors for Friends of Residents in Long Term Care.
In 2002, Thomas formed the Henson Fuerst Cycling Team, which has grown from only a few members into a team of more than 50 people, including top-level triathletes, recreational riders, and brand-new riders. The Cycling Team’s primary event has been the North Carolina Tour de Cure, which benefits the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
From 2009 until 2014, Thomas served as chair or co-chair for the Tour, and still serves as captain of the Henson Fuerst Cycling Team. The team raised over $100,000 for the ADA in their years of participation, and together, all participants in the Tour de Cure raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Henson Fuerst team members also participate in other charity cycling events such as the Bike MS Ride to benefit multiple sclerosis, the 100-kilometer “Ride for the Rock,” which raises funds for the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, the Raven Rock Ramble which benefits the UNC Kidney Foundation, and the CARA Ride for Their Lives which benefits the Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization.
Attorney Thomas Henson Jr. loves to spend time with his wife and son who are the “center and the joys of his life.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2018|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2017|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Order of Service||North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers||2011|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Order of Service||North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers||2007|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||N/A|
|Stop Diabetes Award||American Diabetes Association||N/A|
|Certified Brain Injury Specialist||Brain Injury Association of America||N/A|
|Attorney||Henson Fuerst Attorneys||1989 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Association for Justice||Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group||N/A|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Past Chairman, Nursing Home Litigation Group||N/A|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Wake County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Brain Injury Association of North Carolina||Past Chair of Board of Directors||N/A|
|North Carolina Brain Injury Council||Member||N/A|
|Friends of Residents in Long Term Care||Former Board Member||N/A|
|Brain Injury Association of North Carolina||Current Board Member||N/A|
|American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure||Chair/Co-chair||2009 - 2015|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||BA - Bachelor of Business Administration||1986|
|Guest Speaker - University of North Carolina||Nursing Home Neglect||N/A|
|Guest Speaker - North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers||Nursing Home Litigation||N/A|
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