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Paul Andrew Tharp

Personal injury Attorney at Charlotte, NC

4.9   8 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

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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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Licensed for 19 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/27/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing - CLER Exempt
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/23/2022

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Arnold & Smith, PLLC


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Posted by Mark | August 26, 2016
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Very Helpful
Paul Tharp was an excellent attorney. After my accident, which was my first major wreck, i was pretty lost as to what to do. Paul was very understanding at my lack of knowledge and talked me through the whole ordeal. The case was resolved quickly, with little effort on my part. I would highly recommend Paul to my family or friends.
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Posted by Chelsea Doolittle Willis | November 27, 2019
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Best attorneys ever
Arnold & Smith law firm is the best! Everyone is so friendly and nice! They listen to you an make sure you are taken care of! If i ever need a lawyer again i will def come back to them; they helped me so much. Paul Tharp and Brad Smith are the the absolute BEST!!!!
Posted by David | August 27, 2019
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Personal & Disability
I’ve now used Paul twice. He’s been more than just a great lawyer, he’s been like a shark in the very best way. After getting denied for disability on my own. I again went to Paul for help. After the first meeting and getting all my information there was very little else I had to do. He kept me in the loop all the way. Up to the day of court, then when I got there he had already spoken with the judge and got the approval for my disability. Paul and his staff are absolutely wonderful in my book.
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Posted by Audrey Zoeller | June 13, 2019
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Great outcome
Attorney Paul Tharp and paralegal Stephanie Pyle helped me during a very tough. I am very glad with the outcome of this case. If needed again, I will definitely come back. Thank you!
Posted by Misty | May 7, 2019
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Paul Tharp is wonderful!
I would highly recommend Mr. Paul Tharp at Arnold & Smith!! He handled my case promptly & was very helpful.
Posted by Gail | March 24, 2017
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Paul Tharp
I retained Mr. Tharp to help me with a personal injury claim against my insurance company. The person who hit us had no insurance, nor a driver's license; therefore, my claim would have fallen under the uninsured section of our insurance, at which they did not want to pay. Mr. Tharp and his able paralegal, Dylan Griffin, worked steadily on my case and had it settled in less than a year. The settlement covered all of my outstanding medical fees, as well as a nice personal injury settlement for me--which I did not expect. I placed my trust in them from the beginning and asked them to lead me through the process. They did just that and made the process so much easier. I would certainly retain them again if I ever needed an attorney again.
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Posted by Dali | March 16, 2017
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Very professional
Helped me through some tough times. Very professional and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2020
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Car-Accident case
Tharp and Stephanie were excellent in guiding and providing updates through out the process of my case. Without even meeting them once, everything went through emails and phone calls. I am pretty much happy with thier process and procedures. Except the final amount (which could have been better in bargaining), I am happy with the rest.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Arnold & Smith, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Paul Tharp Law
  • 2005 - Present


  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Law
  • 2003
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Real Estate
  • Positive


  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida State Bar
  • 2003 - Present
  • Gaston County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2nd Place for top editorial column published in South Carolina
  • S.C. Press Association
  • 2010


  • Lawyers Weekly
  • District court judge inquires about propriety of driving school
  • 2010
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • Charlotte-area lawyers sponsor sister city residents
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education Course at Campbell University School of Law
  • "Recent Developments in North Carolina Real Estate Law."
  • 2011
  • N.C. Business and Law Breakfast Forum
  • The Inside Approach to Approaching Inside Counsel
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is a fantastic attorney that passionately advocates for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"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."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Paul. He is an excellent advocate for his clients and an outstanding writer. He is also highly professional and skilled in his chosen areas of practice."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is a very gifted legal advocate who carefully crafts and executes case winning legal strategies for his clients. I highly recommend Paul as a zealous advocate."
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Charlotte Personal injury Lawyer Paul Andrew Tharp
Paul Andrew Tharp
Personal injury Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 19 years