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Thomas Henson, Jr.


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“I’m driven by a motto I learned from my dad: ‘Do what you have to do.’ It’s simple, but it applies to everything—friendships, family, and work. In any courtroom situation, other lawyers or experts may know just as much or more than I do, but I believe I will always try to be the most prepared person in the room. I do what I have to do to try to be the best advocate for injured people, and I get to do what I enjoy with people I respect and who make a difference in my world. I can’t imagine a more satisfying and supportive place to practice law.”

Professional Experience

Thomas Henson, Jr., joined HensonFuerst in 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1986 and his Juris Doctorate in 1989—both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thomas serves on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (BIANC), advocating for brain injury victims and their families across North Carolina. He presented at the BIANC Annual Family Conference, and spoke at a 2011 Virginia conference for caregivers and brain injury professionals sponsored by the National Resource Center for Brain Injury and Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 2012, Governor Bev Perdue appointed Thomas to a four-year term on the North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council. Part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the advisory council is responsible for studying the needs of people with brain injury; coordinating preventive efforts; promoting interagency coordination of efforts; and making recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and state organizations about planning, development, and funding.

Thomas remains an active member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. He recognizes that brain injuries can happen to anyone, anytime, and he is passionate about being a critical part of helping victims and families reassemble their lives under the best possible circumstances. Additionally, he contributed a chapter for the book The Miracle Mind: Sonya's Story, a guidebook designed to help stroke and traumatic brain injury patients, their families, and their caregivers.

Thomas previously lectured at North Carolina State University on nursing home neglect issues and for the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers on nursing home litigation. He also served as a member and past director on the board for Friends of Residents in Long Term Care.

Bar Admissions:

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina

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Professional Associations:

  • American Association for Justice
    • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Member
  • Friends of Residents in Long Term Care, Past Director and Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Nursing Home Litigation Group, Ethics Chair and Past Chairman
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association


  • Received the American Diabetes Association Stop Diabetes® Award
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers® by Law & Politics Media
  • Received the Order of Service from the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (2007, 2011)
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers