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Thomas Amburgey

Asheville Criminal Defense Attorney

Based in Asheville. Representing clients across Western North Carolina.

Thomas Amburgey Is a former prosecutor and Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law. As an Assistant District Attorney for Buncombe County, he handled thousands of cases, ranging from speeding tickets to first-degree murder. That immeasurable experience gives him an advantage in the courtroom.

Many criminal defense attorneys only experience a handful of trials. Thomas Amburgey has tried hundreds of cases in front of a judge and over 70 in front of a jury. Regardless of the charge, Amburgey Law has the trial experience to defend you.

Thomas is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer from Martindale Hubbell, is listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, and is continuously recognized through vote of his peers in Business North Carolina Legal Elite.


Need help with a criminal matter? Look no further. Help starts here.

For more information or to schedule your free consultation with an experienced North Carolina Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, please contact us by telephone at 828.989.3210 or online by filling out the form provided.


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Thomas's Credentials

Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA 2007

  • Juris Doctor
  • Honors Deans List spring 2005
  • Activities: Student Bar Association, Student Ambassador, Phi Delta Phi, Domestic Abuse Counselor

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 2004

  • Bachelor of Science, Corporate Finance
  • Minor, Political Science
  • Activities: Sigma Phi Epsilon (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and national delegate)

Certifications & Fellowships

  • Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law, North Carolina State Bar, since 2015


  • State of North Carolina, 2007 – Present

Professional Memberships & Associations:

  • Buncombe County Bar Association, Executive Committee Member, 2013 - 2016

Professional Recognition

  • Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Clients Choice award, Criminal Defense Lawyers, AVVO, 2017
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated, Martindale Hubbell, since 2017
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, since 2021
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, since 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Criminal Defense, General Practice Section, since 2024
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