I grew up in Raleigh and attended public schools. I graduated from UNC in 1977 and from UNC Law School in 1980.

Sanford Thompson in the office

I returned to Raleigh in 1980 and practiced at the largest law firm in North Carolina which exclusively represented insurance companies and corporations for 11½ years. I handled large accident cases; represented trucking companies and truck drivers; defended hospitals and doctors; represented product manufacturers; defended retail stores and businesses; and represented insurance companies and insurance agencies against their policyholders and clients.

I tried many cases and handled many appeals, but I wanted to help people and stop fighting against individuals, families and small businesses. After changing sides in 1991, I’ve used what I learned to help people and small businesses get what they deserve.

Sanford Thompson fishing the Outer Banks NC

I also have been privileged to have many fine lawyers associate me as co-counsel on their largest and most serious cases. I have represented clients all over North Carolina, but most of my cases are from Raleigh to the coast.

My wife and I have three children. Despite the passion for my job and commitment to my clients, I stay fresh by devoting time to my family and life outside the office, including time with church and friends, I enjoy golf, fishing, yoga and exercise. Keeping balance in my life helps me empathize and serve my clients better.

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