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W. David Thurman

Adoption Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   4 reviews

also known as David Thurman, William D. Thurman

  • Licensed for 40 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About W. David

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Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    As a Charlotte adoption lawyer, I handle many types of adoptions, including independent adoption, interstate adoption, agency adoption, private adoption, stepparent adoption, relative adoption, and termination of parental rights actions. As a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 1994, I have completed adoptions between NC and at least 40 states. I serve as general counsel for licensed NC agencies and have argued cases in the NC Court of Appeals and the NC Supreme Court.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Business
    I represent businesses, including corporations, nonprofit corporations, and limited liability companies (LLC). My services range from business formation to ongoing general counsel services and business litigation. I have completed business sales, mergers and acquisitions, including multi-million dollar corporate transactions. I also represent churches, ministries, homeowners associations, condominium associations, and charitable organizations who need counsel as well as legal assistance.

    40 years, 300 cases

  3. Foreclosure
    My foreclosure practice is focused on Homeowners Associations (HOA) and Condominium Associations. I have advised HOA Boards and HOA management companies for decades and currently represent 50 Associations. I have extensive experience in all stages of the collections process, including liens and foreclosures, and I also provide representation in association litigation when needed.

    36 years, 750 cases

  4. Family
    My family law practice is adjunct to adoption work - such as guardianship, paternity and legitimation. I have done adoptions all over North Carolina including western NC and the Metrolina area - Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), Union County (Monroe), Cabarrus County (Concord), Iredell County (Statesville), Gaston County (Gastonia), Lincoln County (Lincolnton), Rowan County (Salisbury), Davidson County (Lexington), Catawba County (Hickory), Cleveland County (Shelby), and Stanly County (Ablemarle).

    38 years, 100 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    I provide estate planning and drafting services for wills, trusts, living wills, general powers of attorney, and health care powers of attorney. These documents are customized to fit the needs of each client. Execution of estate planing documents, including the Last Will and Testament, Living Will, Power of Attorney, Declaration of Desire for a Natural Death and Advance Directive is normally performed in our office.

    40 years, 1,500 cases

During my years of private practice as an attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina, many clients have asked how I became an adoption attorney who also represents corporations and associations. I began work as a litigation attorney with a law firm in Charlotte that focused on family law. During that time, I worked on adoptions but also handled lawsuits for business clients. I enjoyed my work as an adoption attorney and cultivated adoption practice while continuing to represent business clients (some of whom have remained my clients for over 30 years).

Because of my litigation background, I have served as adoption counsel in many contested adoptions and termination of parental rights actions. These cases can be very difficult because of the emotional burdens that the parties experience. My experience as a trial attorney assists me in assessing risk in adoptive placements and advising adoptive parents or an adoption agency about legal risks before birth or adoption placement.

My litigation and transactional background also helps me advise corporate clients more effectively. 

I have been married to my wife, Mary Beth, since 1982. We have three adult children. My son, Thomas, practices law with me. I grew up in Asheville, NC and have a deep love for the mountains. I enjoy hiking, camping and soccer, and have worked in outreach to refugee youth and their families in inner city Charlotte for over 20 years.



Thurman, Wilson, Boutwell & Galvin, PA
301 S. McDowell Street, Suite 608
Cameron Brown Bldg.,
Charlotte, NC, 28204-2641


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Posted by Austen & Natalie | July 26, 2016
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One of a kind!
Mr. Thurman was a delight to work with. He and his staff were extremely kind, accommodating, and professional. Mr. Thurman went above and beyond to ensure our adoption was finalized. Example: he personally walked to the courthouse to place paperwork on the desk of the appropriate individual and, in turn, had our adoption finalized quicker than expected. He is one of a kind!
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Posted by Heather | July 19, 2016
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Knowlegeable in Adoption Law
We had a very difficult adoption situation that required some one who was extremely knowledgeable in adoption law and had years of experience with adoption cases. Mr. Thurman was both of those things. On top of that, he was honest with us and didn't "beat around the bush." He told us what he knew, what he expected and what our course of action should be. He walked us through the entire process and when we went before the State Supreme Court of North Carolina, he represented our case with dignity, respect and confidence. Our adoption is now finalized and we are a forever family thanks to the hard work and determination of Mr. Thurman. I recommend Mr. Thurman to all my friends and family dealing with adoption matters.
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Posted by Bobby | July 18, 2016
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Outstanding Legal Resource
David Thurman has represented our business for more than twenty years, and in the process he has ensured that we have maintained our legal requirements and helped us protect our business interests. We have been extremely fortunate to have David represent our company. He has shown great knowledge, wisdom, and integrity over the years and is someone that has our complete trust. With David Thurman as our attorney, we have been able to focus on our business knowing that we have the best legal resource in our corner.
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Posted by Matt | June 27, 2016
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For over 20 years Mr. Thurman has represented me and my companies. In that time he has proven himself to be a trusted advisor and when needed an ardent proponent for my position. I would recommend him.


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Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Thurman, Wilson, Boutwell & Galvin, PA
  • 2000 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Bush, Thurman & Wilson, PA
  • 1988 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Casstevens, Hanner, Gunter & Gordon, PA
  • 1983 - 1988


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • JD - Juris Doctor with Honors
  • 1983
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re: EAD
  • Court of Appeals upheld Order of Termination for an agency adoption.
  • In Re: RTW
  • Court of Appeals upheld Order of Termination.
  • In Re Adoption of SDW
  • NC Supreme Court upheld order obtained in the adoption.
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  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 1994 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite (Family Law)
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2010
  • Service Award
  • Mecklenburg County Commissioners
  • 1998
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Adoption Law: Start to Finish
  • Adoption Law
  • 2019
  • Adoption Law 101
  • Adoption
  • 2013
  • Introduction to Adoption Law
  • Adoption
  • 2012
  • Adoption Law
  • Private and Relative Adoption
  • 2010
  • Legal Issues in Adoption
  • Adoption
  • 2006
  • Adoption Clinic
  • Adoption
  • 2006
  • Adoption Law in North Carolina
  • Adoption
  • 2002
  • Adoption Law in North Carolina
  • Adoption
  • 2000
  • Adoption Law in North Carolina
  • Adoption
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (12)
Endorse W. David
Adoption Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer unconditionally. I have known David for years. He is an attorney of the highest caliber."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with David on several interstate adoption cases. He is extremely knowledgable and ethical. I highly recommend him."
General practice Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David for many years. He is a capable and highly ethical professional to whom I refer people from time to time. I endorse him heartily."
Adoption Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is what I think of when I hear the phrase "attorney and counselor at law." As an attorney, David is one of the most reputable attorneys in Mecklenburg County. He is very experienced and very knowledgeable in the law. However, David is much more than that. He is a true counselor, and someone I have gone to for personal counsel. I give him my highest personal recommendation."
Adoption Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend David for both his technical skill and his wise counsel."
General practice Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer. Highest endorsement. I have been friends with him since we were children; we have practiced in the same building for years. He has always had the highest ethical caliber and he does a great job and genuinely cares about his clients as well."
Adoption Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"You will not find a more knowledgeable adoption attorney in the Charlotte area. I endorse him fully."
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Charlotte Adoption Lawyer W. David Thurman
W. David Thurman
Adoption Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 40 years