Thomas J. Gorman

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, a 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Charles R. Bailey

Leaders in Law endorses Charles Bailey as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in the USA – South Carolina. If you wish to get in touch with Charles, please use the contact information provided above.

Charles R. “Chuck” Bailey is the Managing Member of the Charleston office of Bailey & Wyant, PLLC. He was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 1982 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He obtained his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University.

Mr. Bailey’s civil litigation practice areas include Labor & Employment Law, Medical Malpractice, Governmental Liability, Real Estate Litigation & Transactions, Toxic Torts, Products Liability, Aviation, Employment Benefits, Professional Liability, Construction Defects and Insurance Coverage. He is a Member of the Defense Research Institute, the West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association and the American Bar Association committee on Litigation and Employment Law. He is on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel and is a member of the Employment and Labor Law Committee.

Mr. Bailey currently serves as General Counsel for the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, which operates Yeager Airport in Charleston. He was identified as the Governor’s “Go To” attorney in the National Law Journal. Mr. Bailey frequently lectures on topics pertaining to litigation tactics, professional liability, insurance coverage, labor and employment law, civil rights and governmental liability.

He is active in various charitable and civic organizations within the state.

The Aviation Law Practice:

Perhaps most unique to Bailey & Wyant, PLLC is its experience in handling aviation matters. We currently serve as general counsel for the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, which operates West Virginia’s largest airport, Yeager Airport.

Our law firm is a sponsor of the annual West Virginia Aviation Conference, and are available to serve international and regional airports in the following:

• Airport construction
• Contract drafting
• Compliance with state and federal bidding procedures
• Employment law
• Personal injury liability
• Other aviation law matters

Our knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration, and other regulatory bodies within the industry, allows us to serve in an advisory capacity as well as take on any disputes that arise. No matter what legal challenge you are facing, our team is ready for it. We will seek the resolution that is most effective for you.

Bailey & Wyant:

Bailey & Wyant, PLLC is a full-service defense law firm with offices in Charleston and Wheeling, West Virginia.

Our philosophy is simple. We provide aggressive and effective legal representation, while being ever mindful of each client’s individual needs, goals, and economic interests. No matter how complex or novel, our focus in a case is always to reach the right resolution for our client.

Sue Erwin Harper

Ms. Harper heads the firm’s Employment Law Practice in Columbia. She has represented employers against claims of discrimination, enforceability of covenants not to compete, breach of employment contracts, retaliation, wrongful discharge and other employment-related suits, and counsels employers on ways to avoid litigation. 

She has practiced extensively in all divisions of the federal court for 20 years. Since 1994, Ms. Harper has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law.

Firm Background

Nelson Mullins offers the strength and resources of a national law firm with diverse attorneys and professional staff experienced in a broad range of issues. With a firm Southeastern base, Nelson Mullins has grown into a national firm with a strong reputation in meeting the complex litigation, corporate, securities, finance, employment, regulatory and other needs for clients ranging from private individuals to large businesses, including many publicly held companies.

Clients of Nelson Mullins benefit from our national reputation in a range of legal areas and our leadership among peers. 

Our clients interact with experienced lawyers who can draw on the collective knowledge of more than 380 Nelson Mullins attorneys as well as take advantage of the most current technologies available. Our more than 100 years in the legal profession provide clients an established Firm with a history both in the courtroom and the boardroom. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Washington and throughout the Carolinas, Nelson Mullins offers solutions that complement our clients’ values and objectives.