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Thomas E. Fulghum

Immigration Attorney at Durham, NC

4.4   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Family-based residency and visas, removal, naturalization, asylum, TPS, NACARA, appeals, waivers.

    26 years

I am a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law.  I am fluent in Spanish.  I assist families, businesses, and individuals in finding solutions to their immigration problems.  


Thomas E. Fulghum
1858 Hillandale Road
Suite 400
Durham, NC, 27705

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4.4 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by William | March 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent outcome
I was impressed with how Tom handled my case. I had been to several attorneys before him, and everyone gave no hope for a successful outcome. Tom gave me hope. He was completely honest and guided me through each step. I am so happy to have found him. The case was not simple but he came up with a well executed plan. I recommend anyone to try Tom. I am sure you will be as happy as I am.
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Posted by Valeria | June 28, 2016
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Permanent Residency Success
I am very happy that Thomas E. Fulghum represented my husband and I. We are Argentineans. He was professional and sensitive in all of our dealings with him. The permanent residency was processed successfully for my husband and we are both in US now.
Posted by Linda | October 30, 2015
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I cannot empathize how happy i am and I will forever be grateful to Mr. Fulghum for helping me acquire permanent residency in the United States. He ensured everything was filed accurately and on time. He was always very helpful and returned my calls and emails promptly. I would highly recommend Tom without reservation to any prospective client. His professionalism and expertise is exceptional. Thank you.
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Posted by Emeraude | June 8, 2015
I would not go to anyone esle ! Amazing service and results !!
Thomas Fulghum has been the most reliable and trustworthy when I was going trough a very long, hard and emotional process of getting a green card while a was already in removal process. He came up with plan that we followed step by step and just did an amazing job. He got me out of a big mess, winning our case in front of an immigration court and getting a green card. I have work with him for close to 4 years and I would not go to anyone else. His rates are extremely reasonable and I really felt him and his staff were only a phone call or email away if I had any questions. I would hear back from him by phone or email within few minutes every time !! I am so grateful for all his hard work and help and would not recommend anyone else.
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Posted by Lauren | April 20, 2015
Excellent service and results
My husband, then boyfriend, came to the U.S. from New Zealand via Iraq where we met. We did not know how long he would stay when he arrived-- and not too long thereafter, we decided to get married. Tom took terrific care of us, guiding us through the process with professionalism and a welcome bit of humor. Our case was a bit unique, as my boyfriend was also my bodyguard while I was working in Iraq. He had also overstayed his visa, so we were in a bit of hot water. Mr. Fulghum was not phased and saw us through the entire process. My husband became a US citizen in 2013. Very happy ending!
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Posted by Hilton | February 24, 2015
Tom was always honest, respectful, trustworthy and above all he was always a person I could depend when things got a bit crazy. Once I needed to talk to him and I was at the airport and it was Saturday and he responded back to me within 5 minutes from sending my email. I was like "wow!!!" I could not possibly recommend a better lawyer than Tom.
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Posted by Eva | May 12, 2015
Mr. Fulghum was very helpful and professional in getting my DACA "dreamer's" permit. I look forward to working with him in the future.
Posted by Georfia | February 12, 2015
very dissapointe
My husband and I hired this attorney to file my husband's immigration papers. We already had our I-130 approval. We needed some records from a neighboring state. We retained him on an hourly basis. Big mistake. His office continued to ask us for records, despite us repeatedly providing them copies...even digital copies emailed to them were apparently lost. Very unorganized and it worries me that so much of our vital records are somewhere out there. He waited about 10 months before making any requests for documents from the other state and we went ahead and obtained most of them ourselves. He suddenly tacked on an additional $1800 flat fee that was NOT in our contract and went ahead and paid himself half from our trust. When I emailed him to tell him I did not approve of this and I felt he was not billing according to the terms of the written agreement he stated that he would only be charging me more if we continue to discuss these billing issues. I was at a loss. We had given him $2900 and he had wasted 10 months and he still had not filed a single thing. I had no other choice but to try to find a way to resolve this billing dispute and so I told him I would have to try the fee dispute resolution service with the bar since he was not being reasonable. He quit and kept all our money and still not a single document filed and we traveled to the other state to obtain all the records needed. When he returned our file to us we had maybe 20 pieces of paper which were mainly documents we provided to him. We were told it would cost us $2840 to file my husband's i485 status. It cost us $2900 and nothing has been filed. We had the difficult task of filing an official complaint to the bar which is not what we wanted to do. Filing a complaint against someone's license is not to be taken lightly. But he made promises, broke his agreement, took our money and left us almost a year later in a worse off situation because he allowed so much time to pass. Many other things in our lives depended on this being completed in a reasonable amount of was never filed. We are truly disappointed and would not recommend this lawyer.
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Response from Thomas Fulghum February 27, 2015
Georgia: I am so sorry that you were not satisfied with my services and that we were not able to bring your case to a successful conclusion. I’ve been practicing immigration law for over a dozen years with hundreds of satisfied clients and never a bar complaint or fee dispute. I care about each and every one of my clients, and I want to make sure before I file that they are eligible for the benefit sought and that filing places them in no danger. I am a lawyer who gives my clients an honest opinion about their cases and works diligently on their behalf, but sometimes that isn’t enough to satisfy every customer. I regret that I was not able to resolve the case to your satisfaction and that I have not been able to address your issues in a manner that you were happy with.
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Work Experience

  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 1995 - 2003


  • Duke University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Arizona
  • BA
  • 1995


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Specialist in Immigration Law
  • North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • The New Provisional Waiver Program
  • The New Provisional Waiver Program
  • 2013
  • Intensive Immigration Training for Public Defenders
  • Immigration consequences of crimes
  • 2013
  • Battling Against Notarios: Waging War Against the Unlicensed, Unqualified, and Incompetent
  • the unauthorized practice of law
  • 2009
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • 2009
  • Trends in Enforcement Against Alien Criminal Defendants
  • Trends in Enforcement Against Alien Criminal Defendants
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Immigration Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a trustworthy and knowledgeable immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas is a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law and is fluent in Spanish. Thomas has vast experience assisting families, businesses, and individuals in finding solutions to their immigration problems. I trust his expertise and would not hesitate to refer to him. I endorse Thomas."

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Durham Immigration Lawyer Thomas E. Fulghum
Thomas E. Fulghum
Immigration Attorney
Durham, NC
Licensed for 25 years