Representing Our
Charlotte Neighbors
Since 1979

Thomas H. Ainsworth III

Thomas H. Ainsworth III

Staff Attorney
Litigation Attorney
Location:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Phone:
704-376-2486
704-348-6700
Fax:
704-333-5248
Email:

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA, June 11, 1953, and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Mr. Ainsworth graduated from The Haverford School, Haverford, PA, in 1971. He attended Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in pre-medicine. He the enrolled in the Program in Medical Sciences (PIMS) at Florida State University from 1975-1977, which taught the equivalent of a first year medical school curriculum. He then entered Wake Forest University School of Law in 1977, graduating from Wake Forest Law School with a J.D. degree in 1980.

He passed the North Carolina Bar in1981, and after briefly working for Harrison Publishing Company in Norcross, GA, from 1981-1983 as a legal editor, he has been in private practice in Charlotte, NC, since 1983 and has specialized in personal injury litigation since 1987. He is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Mecklenburg Bar Association, the Mecklenburg Trial Lawyers Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association. He is a Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization of trial lawyers who have achieved a trial verdict, award or settlement of at least One Million Dollars, having litigated two such cases fulfilling that requirement. He has authored several books and CLE articles, and has participated in many CLE seminars on North Carolina personal injury law.

He is an Advisory Council member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, a Salvation Army organization, as well as being an Advisory Board member of the Leading the Way Program Alumni Association of the United Way of Central Carolinas. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Genius of Africa, a non-profit organization attempting to build up the infrastructure of the Country of Nigeria from the grass-roots level.  He is a member of the Executive Church Council of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

He has one child, daughter Rachel Ainsworth, who is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. His hobbies include the involvement in Revolutionary War re-enacting as part of the 6th NC Regiment, golf, cooking, reading, world travel, crossword puzzles, scuba diving, and trivia competitions.

Areas of Practice

  • 90% Personal Injury
  • 1% Misdemeanor Criminal
  • 1% Mediation
  • 3% Worker's Compensation
  • 1% Professional Malpractice
  • 4% Insurance

Litigation Percentage

  • 98% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Superior Court Civil Mediator, North Carolina Supreme Court, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1981

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, United State of America
    • B.S. - 1975
    • Major: Pre-Medicine
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United State of America
    • Honors: 1977 - Program in Medical Sciences

Published Works

  • Editor, Hightower's North Carolina Damages, Harrison Pub. Co., 2nd Ed., 1988
  • Trying the Automobile Case in North Carolina, NBI, 1999
  • NC Expert Witness Manual, NBI, 2005
  • Contributing Author, Practical Evidence Manual ; Section on Rule 804(d) NC Rules of Evidence, Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Education, 2003
  • Contributing Author, Practical Evidence Manual ; Section on Rule 804(d) NC Rules of Evidence, Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Education, 2005

Classes/Seminars

  • Personal Injury Litigation, North Carolina Trial Lawyers, 1989
  • Trying the Automobile Case in North Carolina, National Business Institute, 1999
  • Keys to Effective Expert Witness Examination in North Carolina, National Business Institute, 2005
  • Practical Evidence in NC, Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Education, 2003 - 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Book Award, Law and Medicine Wake Forest University School of Law, 1980

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1985 - 2008
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Member, 1983 - 2008
  • Mecklenburg Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1995 - 2008
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member, 2002 - 2008
  • Advisory Council Member, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, 2006 - 2008
  • Advisory Board, Leading the Way Alumni Assn., United Way of Central Carolinas, 2006 - 2008
  • Board of Directors, Genius of Africa, Charlotte, NC, 2005 - 2008
  • American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), 1998 - 2000
  • NC Historical Re-enactment Society (6th NC Regiment of Revolutionary War), 1993 - Present
  • NC Advocated of Justice
  • Executive Church Council, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC , 2015 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Crumley & Associates, P.C., Charlotte, NC, Litigation Attorney, 2005 - 2007
  • Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A., Charlotte, NC, Litigation Attorney, 2000 - 2005
  • Tim L. Harris & Associates, P.C., Charlotte, NC, Litigation Attorney, 1998 - 2000
  • Downer, Walters & Mitchener, P.A., Charlotte, NC, Litigation Attorney, 1987 - 1998
  • Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., Matthews, NC, Associate, 1985 - 1987
  • Paul L. Whitfield & Associates, P.A., Charlotte, NC, Associate, 1983 - 1985
  • Harrison Publishing Co., Norcross, GA, Legal Editor, 1981 - 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • Academic Learning Center, Concord, NC, 2006

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice