Mr. Douglas E Kingsbery

Mr. Douglas E Kingsbery: Attorney with Tharrington Smith, LLP


Upon graduation from law school in 1980, Doug Kingsbery joined the firm of Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he worked as an associate in the areas of education law and criminal defense. He was made Partner in 1985, and has developed an extensive litigation and trial practice which includes trial and appellate work in civil, criminal and administrative law. Over the past 28 years, he has tried dozens of civil and criminal jury trials in numerous state and federal courts across North Carolina and he has received an AV rating from his peers as reported in Martindale-Hubbell.

Criminal Defense

As a criminal law practitioner, Doug Kingsbery has tried and won jury trials in the federal district courts of North Carolina, as well as in several counties across the State. In 1991, he was certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in both federal and state criminal law. In 1997, the North Carolina State Bar appointed him Chairman of the Criminal Law Specialty Committee. He and his committee rewrote North Carolina’s written examination for certification as a specialist in federal and state criminal law. He has also served the State of North Carolina through the acceptance of several appointments to defend indigent persons charged with capital murder. For his work in criminal law, Mr. Kingsbery is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been named one of North Carolina’s “Super Lawyers” by Law and Politics and Charlotte Magazine.

Civil Litigation
As a civil practitioner, Doug Kingsbery has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the federal and state courts of North Carolina, and has won civil jury trials in both forums. His civil trial practice includes complex commercial litigation as well as serious personal injury and wrongful death He also represents taxpayers in civil tax disputes, and has been admitted to the United States Tax Court and the Federal Court of Claims. For his work in civil litigation, his peers have voted him one of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in the field of Litigation. Mr. Kingsbery is also listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and for “Bet the Company” Litigation.
Administrative Law

As an administrative law practitioner, Mr. Kingsbery has represented attorneys before the North Carolina State Bar as well as other professionals before numerous North Carolina State licensing boards. He has also represented numerous taxpayers in both civil and criminal cases before the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Department of Justice and the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Administrative Law
As an appellate practitioner, Mr. Kingsbery has argued and won cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Florida Supreme Court. His practice in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals includes both civil and criminal cases, and he has won several reversals in criminal cases before that court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently appointed him to its CJA appellate panel, which is comprised of only experienced practitioners before that Court.
Military Service

United States Naval Reserve, 1973-1975
Honorable DischargeProfessional Associations and Appointments

Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, the United States Federal Court of Claims, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the United States Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

American Bar Association (Litigation Section); North Carolina Bar Association (Litigation Section); North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers); National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.Personal

Doug Kingsbery has been married to his wife Katie R. Kingsbery since 1979. Together, they have raised three children, Russell, Kelsey and Web. The Kingsberys are active members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA). Doug Kingsbery has served as President of the Church Council and serves as a Stephen Minister.

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Discipline
  • Criminal Tax Defense
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Beverage & Alcohol Control Law
  • Local Government Law and Litigation
  • Professional Licensing Boards & Discipline
  • Creditors Rights & Collections Law
  • Election Law & Redistricting
  • Employment Litigation
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Estate & Trust Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
919-821-4711  Phone
919-829-1583  Fax
University Attended:
Duke University's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, A.B., cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Year of First admission:
1981, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of North Carolina; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1991, U.S. Supreme Court; 1980, North Carolina; 1994, U.S. Tax Court; 1996, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
North Carolina State Bar 1980 American Bar Association (Litigation Section)North Carolina Bar Association (Litigation Section Member, Criminal Justice Section Member)North Carolina Advocates for Justice National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
United States Naval Reserve, 1973-1975
Honorable Discharge
Birth Information:
Phoenix, Arizona, December 30, 1954
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