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Paul Tharp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he majored in English and minored in Philosophy. Paul graduated with the top grade point average in his class in three years. After working as a high school English teacher, Paul attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his juris doctor and became a member of the Florida Bar in 2003 and the North Carolina Bar in 2005. Paul is admitted to practice in federal court for the Western District of North Carolina. During the beginning of his career, Paul focused on legal writing, publishing hundreds of articles on legal topics in various publications and assisting lawyers and law firms in drafting legal pleadings and other documents. In 2012, Paul joined Arnold & Smith, PLLC to take over the growing personal injury and workers' compensation practice, and is now accepting new cases.


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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 20%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  3. Car Accident: 20%
  4. Workers Compensation: 20%
  5. Personal Injury: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew Robert Arnold

    The process involved with injury-based claims often involves a host of other parties: multiple insurance companies, opposing parties, and professionals paid to minimize their exposure at the victim’s expense. Paul’s strong background in crafting strategic legal arguments is a great fit for cutting through the legal smokescreen in these matters to get the best result for his client. I highly recommend Paul Tharp for anyone facing an injury-related issue in North Carolina.


    Matthew Arnold Alimony Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • J. Bradley Smith

    Paul's laid-back and welcoming demeanor is often remarked upon by former and current clients as his best quality. Having worked with Paul for many years, I would argue that his real strength is in his ability to come up with tactical legal arguments that he passionately believes in. Paul is an asset to our firm and I highly recommend him.


    J. Smith Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer


FLMember in Good Standing - CLER Exempt200306/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2nd Place for top editorial column published in South CarolinaS.C. Press Association2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyArnold & Smith, PLLC2012 - Present
Managing PartnerPaul Tharp Law2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fourth Circuit United States Court of AppealsMember2012 - Present
North Carolina State BarN/A2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of North CarolinaMember2005 - Present
Florida State BarN/A2003 - Present
Gaston County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Real EstatePositive
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyers WeeklyDistrict court judge inquires about propriety of driving school2010
Lawyers WeeklyCharlotte-area lawyers sponsor sister city residents2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of North Carolina, WilmingtonEnglish, PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
N.C. Business and Law Breakfast ForumThe Inside Approach to Approaching Inside Counsel2011
Continuing Legal Education Course at Campbell University School of Law"Recent Developments in North Carolina Real Estate Law."2011