Thomas E. Medlin

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I believe that an attorney should be the client’s confidant, their advisor, advocate, and friend. It’s a relationship built on trust, loyalty, and integrity.

Tom became an attorney on the advice of his father, a successful businessman in Smithfield, NC, who considered the law to be an honorable profession based upon his experiences with the lawyers in his home town. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed being a problem solver for clients who have humbled him with their trust and confidence.

Tom started his legal career in general practice to gain a wide scope of experience and meet a range of new clients. He practiced criminal law for ten years, along with real estate closings and litigation, personal injury lawsuits, bankruptcies, collections, and family law litigation. During his second decade as an attorney, he stopped handling criminal trials and reduced the number of domestic cases, focusing on civil litigation matters, estate and trust planning matters, real estate closings and development. From 2001 to 2008 he served as city attorney for the City of Eden. In his practice at Sparrow Dennis & Medlin PA, he became more involved in estate matters (particularly the Medicaid planning cases and trust administration cases) and commercial real estate transactions.

A skilled litigator, Tom seeks resolution to his cases that benefit all parties, applying the Rotary 4 Way Test to his practice:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Tom enjoys golf, hunting, and tennis and is an avid sports fan. He and his wife, Donna Bell Medlin, have eight children, ranging in age from 37 to 19 years old. His mother, Lu Long Ogburn Medlin, also from Smithfield, was Miss North Carolina in 1951 and was first runner-up to Miss America in 1952.

Tom Medlin, Attorney, Hagan Barrett PLLC
Tom Medlin, Partner, Hagan Barrett PLLC

Thomas Medlin specializes in these practice areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Commercial Litigation
Tom Medlin, Attorney, Hagan Barrett PLLC
Tom Medlin, Partner, Hagan Barrett PLLC
EDUCATION

J.D., Wake Forest University, 1984
B.S., business administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BAR ADMISSIONS

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

PUBLIC OFFICE

Stokesdale Town Attorney, 2019
Eden City Attorney, 2001 to 2008
Public Guardian for 17A Judicial District, 2000 to 2008

REPORTED CASES

Fix v. City of Eden, 175 N.C. App. 1, 622 S.E.2d 647 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005)

COMMUNITY

American Red Cross, Member, State Service Council, 1994 to 1997
Chairman, Rockingham County Chapter Board, 1989 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994
Leaksville United Methodist Church
Eden Rotary Club

HONORS AND AWARDS

AV ® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell ®

MEMBERSHIPS

North Carolina Bar Association
Rockingham County Bar Association, President, 1992
Greensboro Bar Association
Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina

Tom is a native of Smithfield, NC, where his mother was a local celebrity as Miss North Carolina in 1951 and first runner-up to Miss America in 1952.

He and his wife, Donna Bell Medlin, have eight children in their 20s and 30s and spend much of their free time making memories with them in the mountains surrounding Blowing Rock, NC.

Tom loves to travel, and his trips abroad have included a safari in Africa, a boat trip along Alaska’s southeast passage, and an exploration of Ireland.

An avid sports fan, he enjoys playing golf and tennis and hunting with his children.

Tom passed along his parents’ musical talents to his children who have been singers and performers in various collegiate groups.

Tom Medlin, Attorney, Hagan Barrett PLLC
OVERVIEW

I believe that an attorney should be the client’s confidant, their advisor, advocate, and friend. It’s a relationship built on trust, loyalty, and integrity.

Tom became an attorney on the advice of his father, a successful businessman in Smithfield, NC, who considered the law to be an honorable profession based upon his experiences with the lawyers in his home town. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed being a problem solver for clients who have humbled him with their trust and confidence.

Tom started his legal career in general practice to gain a wide scope of experience and meet a range of new clients. He practiced criminal law for ten years, along with real estate closings and litigation, personal injury lawsuits, bankruptcies, collections, and family law litigation. During his second decade as an attorney, he stopped handling criminal trials and reduced the number of domestic cases, focusing on civil litigation matters, estate and trust planning matters, real estate closings and development. From 2001 to 2008 he served as city attorney for the City of Eden. In his practice at Sparrow Dennis & Medlin PA, he became more involved in estate matters (particularly the Medicaid planning cases and trust administration cases) and commercial real estate transactions.

A skilled litigator, Tom seeks resolution to his cases that benefit all parties, applying the Rotary 4 Way Test to his practice:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Tom enjoys golf, hunting, and tennis and is an avid sports fan. He and his wife, Donna Bell Medlin, have eight children, ranging in age from 37 to 19 years old. His mother, Lu Long Ogburn Medlin, also from Smithfield, was Miss North Carolina in 1951 and was first runner-up to Miss America in 1952.

Tom Medlin, Attorney, Hagan Barrett PLLC
Tom Medlin, Partner, Hagan Barrett PLLC
PRACTICE AREAS

Thomas Medlin specializes in these practice areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Commercial Litigation
Tom Medlin, Attorney, Hagan Barrett PLLC
Tom Medlin, Partner, Hagan Barrett PLLC
EDUCATION / BAR ADMISSIONS
EDUCATION

J.D., Wake Forest University, 1984
B.S., business administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BAR ADMISSIONS

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

PUBLIC OFFICE

Stokesdale Town Attorney, 2019
Eden City Attorney, 2001 to 2008
Public Guardian for 17A Judicial District, 2000 to 2008

REPORTED CASES

Fix v. City of Eden, 175 N.C. App. 1, 622 S.E.2d 647 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005)

IN THE COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY

American Red Cross, Member, State Service Council, 1994 to 1997
Chairman, Rockingham County Chapter Board, 1989 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994
Leaksville United Methodist Church
Eden Rotary Club

HONORS AND AWARDS

AV ® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell ®

MEMBERSHIPS

North Carolina Bar Association
Rockingham County Bar Association, President, 1992
Greensboro Bar Association
Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina

OUTSIDE HB

Tom is a native of Smithfield, NC, where his mother was a local celebrity as Miss North Carolina in 1951 and first runner-up to Miss America in 1952.

He and his wife, Donna Bell Medlin, have eight children in their 20s and 30s and spend much of their free time making memories with them in the mountains surrounding Blowing Rock, NC.

Tom loves to travel, and his trips abroad have included a safari in Africa, a boat trip along Alaska’s southeast passage, and an exploration of Ireland.

An avid sports fan, he enjoys playing golf and tennis and hunting with his children.

Tom passed along his parents’ musical talents to his children who have been singers and performers in various collegiate groups.

Tom Medlin, Attorney, Hagan Barrett PLLC