Durham Attorney Thomas of Thomas, Ferguson and Mullins, L.L.P Named to Best Lawyers in America 2011

Durham, NC, October 13, 2010 --(PR.com)-- William J. Thomas II was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 in the field of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar, including Criminal Investigation, Death Penalty, DNA, Drug Offenses, DWI Defense, Grand Jury, State and Federal, Vehicular Manslaughter, Violent and Non Violent Crimes. (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

"I am grateful to my colleagues for their support and confidence,” said William J. Thomas II. “Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is a great honor and I am humbled to be included."

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

William J. Thomas II – Durham,
NC Criminal Defense, Eminent Domain, Serious Personal Injury Attorney
Named to “The Best Lawyers in America”
Named a “Best Lawyer in North Carolina”
Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense
Serious Personal Injury
Eminent Domain

Bill Thomas has practiced law in Durham County since 1979 and has substantial experience litigating serious criminal and complex civil cases in federal and state courts. For more than 30 years he has served as a zealous advocate for the rights of the individual in cases involving criminal law, catastrophic injury, wrongful death and eminent domain (land condemnation).

Bill, a licensed aircraft pilot and a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, also handles cases involving serious injury, wrongful death or criminal charges arising from aviation or boating accidents.

Honors and Awards
Bill has been voted by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” which is considered to be a singular honor conferred on a lawyer by his peers. He has been selected as a “Best Lawyer in North Carolina” by NC Magazine and is also a member of one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Bill has an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating available for legal skill and ethics.

Professional Activities
Bill is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers). He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of North Carolina, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Bill has also served as:

Past president of the Durham County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Speaker at legal education seminars training other criminal defense attorneys
Has been a guest commentator on many local and national television programs including CBS Morning News, ABC Good Morning America, CNN News, CNN, and Court TV
Current member of the Board of Visitors of the North Carolina Central University School of Law

B.S., 1976, Atlantic Christian College; J.D., 1979, North Carolina Central University School of Law with honors where he served as articles editor for the Law Review.

Contact Information:
Cameron Knowles
(919) 408-9672
William J. Thomas II
(919) 682-5648
(888) 668-8253

Thomas, Ferguson and Mullins, L.L.P.
Cameron Knowles