Tom Sparks

Attorney - Litigation


In over 13 years of practice, Tom Sparks’ primary area of practice has been litigation. In the area of business law litigation, he assists clients with, among other matters, contract disputes, employment and post-employment disputes, business dissolution issues, merger and acquisition disputes, disputed warranty claims, fiduciary duty disputes, real property liens, commercial lease litigation, unfair trade practice litigation, and claims against businesses by governmental entities, such as OSHA or the EEOC. In the area of Estate Planning Litigation, he assists clients with, among other matters, will caveat proceedings, estate administration disputes, trust modification, breaches of contract to make wills, and fiduciary duty disputes. Tom also has a strong interest in assisting business clients with litigation-prevention strategies. He brings a unique perspective to this area of practice in that he owned and ran a custom home design and build company for seven years.

Tom served as a Judge Advocate (JAG) in the Air Force for six years after receiving his law degree from Duke University. As a JAG, and specifically in the area of litigation, he served at different times as a prosecutor and a defense counsel for crimes committed by active duty personnel, defended the Air Force in law suits brought against it in Federal Court. He also, as a JAG practiced contract, environmental, labor, and operations law. After separation from the Air Force, he practiced for six years representing individuals in medical malpractice and serious personal injury lawsuits, in employment discrimination and employee benefits matters, in workers compensation claims, and in appeals for veteran’s benefits claims. In those varied contexts, he practiced in Superior Courts throughout Eastern and Central North Carolina, in Federal Courts in all three Districts in North Carolina, at the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and with the Board and Court of Veteran Appeals.

He and his wife, Kelly, have two children – Kyle, born in 1991 (and a proud Appalachian State Mountaineer), and Randi, born in 1996. Tom enjoys long walks with Kelly and their golden retrievers, coaching Randi in travel soccer, fishing with Kyle in western North Carolina, enjoying the fellowship of friends at LifePointe Church in Raleigh, reading history, and playing tennis and soccer.