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J. Thomas Amburgey

Violent crime Attorney at Asheville, NC

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Thomas Amburgey, Asheville Criminal Defense Lawyer

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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2007
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A BOARD CERTIFIED SPECIALIST IN STATE CRIMINAL LAW. TRIAL EXPERIENCE THAT DRIVES RESULTS.

Thomas Amburgey is a board-certified specialist in state criminal law. As a former prosecutor with the Office of the District Attorney for Buncombe County, he handled thousands of cases, ranging from minor offenses like speeding tickets to capital offenses like first-degree murder. That experience gives him an immeasurable advantage in the courtroom.

Because pleas are often made and charges can be dismissed, many criminal law attorneys only experience a handful of trials in their entire careers. Thomas has successfully completed hundreds of bench trials and dozens of jury trials from both sides of the aisle. Regardless of your charge, Thomas Amburgey has the experience necessary to provide you with the best defense possible.

Thomas is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell, America’s oldest and most respected peer-review entity, since 2017. He has been continuously recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars since 2018 and in the Business North Carolina Legal Elite since 2019.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2017,2016
Client's Choice
2017 2016

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Location

J. Thomas Amburgey
22 South Pack Square Suite #1200
Asheville, NC, 28801

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Joe | February 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. James Thomas Amburgey
Mr. Amburgey recently represented me on a case. I was thrilled with the results. He accomplished in a few days what would take others weeks to do! I would highly recommend Mr. Amburgey because he will by far exceed your expectations. In my personal opinion he is THE BEST attorney in WNC. With gratitude! Joe
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Only choice!
After speaking with many lawyers I knew after talking with Mr. Amburgey that he was the best choice for me. Thomas Amburgey has more than enough knowledge and experience to handle any criminal case. He told me through the whole process to trust him to resolve my case. Indeed he did! He was honest, compassionate and understanding to my situation. I would not hesitate to hire and or recommend Thomas in the future. I could not be more pleased with his tireless work.
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Posted by Sam | February 9, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best in Asheville
Out of many attorneys, Thomas was the only to tell me what I needed to know. Not only that, he took hours out of his day to sit down with me & give advice that helped me secure a legal victory. One of the most competent & moral attorneys I’ve dealt with.
Posted by Robert | August 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Recommendation
Loyalty, care, confidentiality, expertise and so much more. Vanessa and Thomas worked diligently to provide me with sound guidance and great information for informed decision making. Additionally, the professionalism that they exude to their clients is what gives this firm the reputation that they are known for. If your looking for counsel to represent you, I recommended Amburgey Law.
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Posted by Nick | August 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Pro’s Pro
Although my case was trivial in the grand scheme of things, I was treated as though my case was their top priority. Thomas’ previous experience as a DA, coupled with Vanessa’s expertise, his highly qualified legal assistant made for a straightforward, expeditious experience. Again, for individuals considering Thomas for serious, nuanced situations or more run of the mill cases, this is the team you want behind you. Cannot overstate their professionalism, efficiency, and consistent communication!
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Posted by Bonnie | July 21, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
I highly recommend Thomas Amburgey to anyone looking for a criminal attorney. He is a highly intelligent, charismatic, knowledgeable lawyer. He knows the system and the stakeholders involved with the judicial system in Buncombe County. He has genuine concern for his clients and is an extremely capable attorney. I hope I never need a criminal attorney again but if I do, he will be my first call. My case ended with a dismissal. He is a great attorney.
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Posted by Jeanne | July 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend
I was issued a speeding ticket while driving through Asheville North Carolina. Vanessa Mr. Amburgey‘s paralegal was extremely helpful, explain in detail all the procedures and kept me very well informed. I can’t think this firm enough or Vanessa for helping me out. The charges were lowered with no points against my license and a fine. I would definitely use them again if needed to but I hope that will not be the case. I highly recommend this farm. Vanessa you are a gem and I appreciate your professionalism and courtesy in this matter.
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Posted by Lee | June 2, 2020
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Thomas Amburgey
I needed a criminal attorney for Madison County, but I don't live there. I asked a friend to find out who the best criminal defense attorney in the area was and let me know. She lives in Madison County and works in Asheville. She did not personally know of one, but made some inquiries and Mr. Amburgey's name came up more than anyone else. He and his assistant Vanessa took my case, got it dismissed, and I didn't even have to go to court. I was guilty, but it was a really stupid thing more than anything, and I am so appreciative for the work these two did for me. If you need a criminal attorney, this is the only choice.
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Posted by Mary | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Criminal Case
I needed EXPERT representation for a Criminal case. I Inquired from Friends, Law Enforcement etc on the ONE person they would reccomend. HANDS DOWN, NO EXCEPTIONS!! The name THOMAS AMBURGEY was number ONE. I met with THOMAS AMBURGEY and knew immediately he was the Representation I needed. THOMAS AMBURGEY Listens, he Cares, and BELIEVE ME when I tell you he KNOWS THE LAW!! My case went to SUPERIOR COURT and I PRAISE GOD FIRST AND FOREMOST, but THOMAS AMBURGEY gave me my Future back. He Fought hard and BELIEVE ME when I tell you he is a force to be RECKONED with in A TRIAL!!! He had the Attention of every Juror, and All other people in the Courtroom. I was AMAZED at the Attention to detail and his Ability to bring the scenarios of my Case together perfectly. PLEASE anyone needing Representation , my advice to You, hire THOMAS AMBURGEY!! ON November 14th, 2019, after 5 long, extremely stressful years i walked out of the Courtroom FREE to live my life once again. Thank you THOMAS AMBURGEY!! My DADDY is looking down saying SIS, I told you THOMAS AMBURGEY IS THE BEST.
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Posted by Robert | April 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied with my results.
Thomas is a great attorney with your best interest in mind at all times. He listens and then will give you the best advice at the moment of what he has in mind for your best defense. Thomas keeps you abreast of what is happing with your situation. Very professional person and a great sense of humor. Did a fantastic job with my situation and his staff is very good and knowledgeable to help with questions. I wouldn't hesitate to refer someone to Thomas. In my mind, Thomas has exceptional knowledge of the areas that he specializes. Thanks again for all your help and for the great outcome for my situation.
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Posted by Haley | May 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome dude
I hired Thomas when I was referred him last summer, I have had experience with lawyers in the past that just did the bare minimum and I still was convicted. Thomas takes the time to hear you out and gets things done. I had a case where I allegedly was caught on camera painting the beautiful town of Asheville with more colors, Thomas got me off clean. After that I was caught in a domestic violence case where I was simply a victim but being charged wrongly. Thomas met me in the court room and had my case dismissed within MINUTES. I am blessed to have had such a great lawyer during this hard time in my life. He’s personable yet so professional, perfect mix. I felt on his level rather below him which was really cool for being a young person with a rough start. I will continue to use Thomas for any legal matters, let’s just hope that was the last one! Thank you Thomas for all you did for me!
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Posted by Allan | August 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superlative Attorney, Highly recommended!
I was charged with a moving violation (I would like to make clear for my professional reasons, this was not a criminal case). Mr. Amburgey dispatched the case quickly and effectively. I was very pleased and in the (hopefully unlikely) event I ever had a criminal case, he would be the first person I would call.
Posted by Dawid | August 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Thomas did way more then I expected. I did not have to show up to court, being out of state, it helped out tremendously. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He was great.
Thomas Amburgey was very straight forward and very helpful in terms of how he could help me with my case. He got my case dismissed so I was very pleased to have had him as my lawyer.
Posted by Kristin | June 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent outcome!
Having never needed an attorney before, Mr. Amburgey was reccommended to us after my son was charged with a pretty serious misdemeanor. We were very nervous and stressed but after speaking to him for the first time, he made us feel at ease. Thanks to Mr. Amburgey, we never had to step foot inside the courtroom. He was able to get my sons charges dismissed. We would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jennifer | April 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
He made the whole thing very stress free and was extremely helpful. I definitely recommend him and no one else.
Posted by Benjamin | April 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Thomas is a very professional and skilled attorney. I was charged with cyberstalking by my wife a year after she left me. He was able to get the charges dismissed but the clerk of court failed to file the appropriate paperwork. I ended up having a warrant for my arrest and I went to jail. I had to pay a bondsman to get me out. I went to the court date and they never even called my name. It was a terrible experience but was not Thomas's fault. He filed an expunction for me so I have no record now to make up for my bad experience. In the end, everything worked out great and I now have a clean record. Great attorney and highly recommended.
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Posted by James | March 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Clearly an excellent choice for representation
If you are truly looking for exceptional attorney, then look no further. Thomas Amburgey has all the professional skills and knowledge required to provide a second to none representation. He's honest and fair and will guide you in the right direction. He won't mislead you into believing he can do more than what the law allows. His communication skills are excellent and presents things in an easy to understand manner. There is no doubt that if you hire Thomas Amburgey as your attorney, that he will certainly be standing tall in your corner, ready to fight for you.
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Posted by Kevin | November 17, 2016
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Amburgey Law review 11 / 2016
I was very pleased with the handling of my case by Mr. Amburgey. He was always professional and precise. Myself and he had many conversations throughout the case and he always explained things as the case developed. It was very reassuring to have his knowledge and ability in our corner throughout the case. The staff at Amburgey Law was always helpful and available to answer questions as well. I would recommend this law firm and also would retain it's Services again if need be. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2016
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Excellent representation for our son. Extremely efficient, and very professional.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Amburgey Law P.A.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • State Of North Carolina
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Intern
  • Bearfield & Associates
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Intern
  • District Attorney's Office Sevier County
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • Appalachian School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • East Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Hopper
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Admitted
  • 2007 - Present
  • Buncombe County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Business NC Legal Elite, Criminal Defense Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Business NC Legal Elite, Criminal Defense Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2022
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Business NC Legal Elite, Criminal Defense Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer Rising Stars
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Business NC Legal Elite, Criminal Defense Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2020
  • Business NC Legal Elite, Criminal Defense Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice, Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas was one of the foremost trial attorneys in the District Attorney's Office during his years there. Putting that experience to work on your behalf is a good idea."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Amburgey to my clients in criminal defense matter. He is diligent, timely, and a zealous advocate. His experience in the district attorney's office makes him uniquely qualified to represent and advise individuals in criminal matters. Without reservation, I endorse Mr. Amburgey."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Thomas and I had many cases where he was the Prosecutor and I was the Defense Attorney. Thomas was always very prepared and worked hard to make sure every aspect of the case was handled appropriately as the Prosecutor. He was always very fair in his plea offers and truly wanted to help those in need of help. With Thomas as your defense attorney, you can not go wrong!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Thomas for several years dating back to when he was a prosecutor. I think Thomas is a knowledgeable and experienced advocate. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Family member
"Thomas is a board certified specialist in criminal defense and practices with the utmost integrity and at the highest level. Thomas has earned the respect of our judiciary and colleagues and has served our local bar association. Not only is he an effective and successful trial lawyer but he is a good husband and father to me, his wife, and our two children."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable, tenacious and exceedingly good at what he does. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas is an very experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney. He has substantial experience in serious and complex felony cases as well as misdemeanor matters. I highly recommend him."
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