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Thomas J. Gorman

Shareholder Gorman & Associates, P.A.

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  • South Carolina

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  • Real Estate

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Mr. Gorman practices in North Carolina and South Carolina in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Corporate and Business Law and Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Administration. He was born in Rockville Centre, New York, in 1960, raised in Manhasset, New York, and has lived in North Carolina for more than 30 years.


  • Represented many commercial real estate clients, including the owners of Ballantyne Village, mixed-use retail, office, and residential centre in purchasing the property, drafting restrictive covenants and easements, and obtaining and closing the construction loan, and the $50,000,000 securitized permanent financing loan.
  • Has formed numerous condominiums and mixed-use developments, drafted complex easements and rights of way, and resolved various complicated title issues.
  • Has helped hundreds of general business owners with corporate formations, lease reviews, and general legal advice for starting a small business.
  • Has drafted more than 10,000 trusts of various types, including living revocable trusts for probate avoidance, credit shelter trusts and other instruments for estate tax avoidance.
  • Has advised many dentists and other health care professionals regarding their unique needs with respect to starting up a new practice, or purchasing an existing practice.
  • Represented numerous clients by drafting wills, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives (living wills), and assisting in Medicaid, Medicare, and elder law planning.


Rated as Preeminent (5.0 out of 5.0), by Martindale Hubble Legal Directory (owners of, based upon client reviews.

Recipient of the Client Champion Platinum Award (formerly known as the Client Distinction Award) from Martindale Hubble, 2012-Present. 

Rated as Superb (9.3 out of 10) by Avvo.


B.A., magna cum laude, Economics and English, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1982.

J.D., Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, 1985.


Legal Intern, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, Washington, D.C. 1983.

Attorney, Baker, Smith & Mills, Dallas, Texas, 1985-86.

Attorney, Petree, Stockton & Robinson (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP), Charlotte, North Carolina 1987.

Thomas J. Gorman, Attorney at Law (now Gorman & Associates, P.A.) 1988-Present.


The State Bar of Texas, 1985.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1985.

North Carolina State Bar, 1987.

U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1987.

South Carolina Bar, 2007.


American Bar Association- Member: Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section.

North Carolina Bar Association- Real Property Section, Trusts and Estates Section.

Mecklenburg County Bar.

Duke University School of Law, Barrister Society, 1989-2005.

Duke Law School Future Forum 2000-2003.


St. Matthew Catholic Church World Hunger Drive Committee Member 2005- Present, Meal Packing Event Master of Ceremonies 2013- Present.

St. Matthew Catholic Church Parish Pastoral Council Member 2003-2006, Vice-Chairperson 2004-2005, Chairperson 2005-2006.

Knights of Columbus Council #10852- Third Degree.

North Carolina Junior Chamber of Commerce- Legal Counsel, District Director, 1989-90.

WSOC/ St. Jude Children’s Hospital Radiothon Chairman, 1990.


CLE Lecturer, Mastering Real Estate Titles in North Carolina, National Business Institute, 1995.

Instructor, Real Estate Law, Institute of Financial Education, 1996-1998.

Seminar Lecturer, “Estate Planning in the New Normal,” The Hines-Fox Group of Merrill Lynch, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2009.

Seminar Leader- Estate Planning for Financial Advisors, Ameriprise Financial Advisors, 1995-1997, 2003-2005, and Charles Schwab Company, 2002-2004.

Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education, “eRecording: Here and Now,” BridgeTrust Title Group, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015.


Member of the Trusted Advisor Panel- Thompson Pratt Financial Group, Charlotte, NC, 2010-present.

Member, Board of Advisors of the Fox-Kaplan Wealth Management Team of Merrill Lynch, Charlotte, NC, 2006-2016.


Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company’s Advanced Planning Seminar, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2013.

Duke University Law School Estate Planning Conference, 2008.


Married to Nannette Gorman for 28 years. Has three children ages 26, 23, and 20.  Father of two Eagle Scouts, and a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.

Firm Description

Founded in 1988 – Over 31 years of service to our clients!

We are located in Ballantyne Corporate Park in South Charlotte, practising in North and South Carolina. We practice in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Corporate and Business Matters, Wills, Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, and Asset Protection.  We offer professional, old fashioned service at reasonable and fair fees.

Attending to Your Real Estate Needs

In the Commercial Real Estate area, we can help you with everything from basic lease reviews for commercial tenants, to planning and implementation of large mixed-use developments, including retail, office, hotel, industrial, and residential condominium projects.  We can close transactions from simple refinances of office condominiums to drafting condominium declarations and association bylaws.  If you are a prospective tenant, we can review your lease and let you know about the possible pitfalls; if you are a prospective landlord, we can help you purchase real property, close your commercial loan, draft leases and land use documents to make your experience go smoothly.

Our Corporate Lawyers Mean Business

In the Corporate and Business area, our transactional attorneys handle everything from basic incorporations and LLC formations to complex merger and acquisition work. We draft and review franchise agreements. In matters of labour and employment, we advise employers of the rules and regulations. We can act as general counsel for small businesses, and as either outside counsel or local counsel for larger ones. We have particular expertise working with dentists and doctors, who face much greater upfitting costs in commercial leasing situations, as well as various professional licensing issues. Please click on our Dental Professionals tab for more information.

We Have a Plan for You

In the Will and Estate Planning area, we draft everything from simple wills to complex trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, health care powers of attorney, credit shelter trusts, probate avoidance trusts, Medicaid trusts, family limited partnerships, gifting plans, and virtually all of the other estate planning documents. Most importantly, we want to tailor your estate plan to your particular needs. Our philosophy is to keep your will or estate plan as simple as possible while accomplishing all of your goals. For most of our will and estate planning documents, we charge fixed fees based upon the documents we actually prepare- there is no “guessing” what the fee will be. When someone has passed on, we are able to handle the burden of probate and estate and trust administration, to answer all of your questions and make sure things are handled smoothly, properly, and efficiently.

Firm Credentials

All of our attorneys are licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and are members of the Mecklenburg County Bar. In addition, attorneys of the Firm are collectively licensed to practice law in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as numerous federal courts throughout the United States. Please see the Attorney/Staff Profiles page for more information about each of our attorneys.

Let Us Hear From You

Please call us at 704-544-2500, or email us at, and let us know how we can help you!

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