Thomas Maher

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Thomas Maher is an experienced criminal litigation lawyer.
Thomas Maher is an experienced criminal litigation lawyer, who has handled complex appeals, trials and post-conviction cases in state and federal court.

Thomas began practicing as a criminal defense attorney in North Carolina after spending two years clerking for a federal appellate judge. Thomas has appeared in state and federal court on charges that range from DWI to capital murder, handling trials, appeals and post-conviction cases. He served as co-counsel in the high-profile defense of Michael Peterson, featured in the documentary The Staircase. In addition to many years as a litigator, Thomas also served as Executive Director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, and as Executive Director for the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, the agency that supports public defense in North Carolina. Thomas received the Friend of the Court award, which is the highest award from the North Carolina court system. He teaches trial practice skills to law students at Duke University School of Law and teaches lawyers through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and is AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Federal and state appeals and post-conviction
  • White collar and other complex cases
  • Criminal and civil fraud cases
  • Federal and state serious drug cases
  • Murder charges
  • Grand jury and other investigations


University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with high honors, 1982

Northwestern University, BA in American Culture, 1979

Thomas Maher is an experienced criminal litigation lawyer.


I met Amos at one of the lowest points in my life. It was also a turning point at which I could have lost everything; family, friends, and my freedom. Amos was responsive from the beginning.  He was never judgmental and always treated me and my family with the utmost respect and concern. I was always kept up to date about what was happening with my case and Amos was always completely honest. He didn’t try to sugarcoat anything but he also never took away hope. He worked hard for me and the results were much better than I ever could have expected. I will always be grateful for his hard work, respect and compassion.


Amos is an extraordinarily knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer. He represented me in a challenging work-related matter and was at all times responsive, understanding, and committed to winning the case. At our hearing, he was prepared and persuasive, and we prevailed. I cannot recommend Amos enough!


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