Arrested Doesn’t Mean Guilty

Bud Thomas

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Mr. Thomas provides family law paralegal support in the areas of divorce, post-separation support, alimony, equitable distribution, child custody, and child support.  Mr. Thomas interacts and communicates with clients through all phases of the legal process; managing discovery and substantive document review; compiling financial documents; researching documentary information relating to real estate and tangible property; maintaining charts and files related to same with regard to assets, debts, and equitable distribution; researching and preparing child support worksheets in accordance with North Carolina Child Support Guidelines; preparing and serving subpoenas, drafting discovery requests, and preparing motions and case related pleadings for filing with the court; preparing and supporting attorneys through depositions, witness and exhibit preparation, mediation, and trial.  Mr. Thomas has attended various continuing legal education programs and maintains a high level of competence in handling family law matters.

With 27 years of paralegal experience, prior to joining the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, PLLC and to his focus in family law, Mr. Thomas focused his paralegal career in Washington, DC managing multiple complex litigation matters, and providing complex litigation support.

Mr. Thomas has prepared, managed, and supported attorneys and case teams through trials before:

  • The International Trade Commission
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • State Court of Georgia – Fulton County
  • North Carolina District Court System

Additionally, Mr. Thomas has prepared and supported attorneys in briefings and appearances before:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals

Mr. Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1976 from Gardner-Webb University.