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Charlotte Civil Litigation and Business Lawyers


At Thurman, Wilson, Boutwell & Galvin P.A., we earn the trust of our clients by providing zealous advocacy and trusted counsel with excellence and professionalism. For over thirty years, our civil litigation law firm has been serving the legal needs of business, personal and familial settings with both wisdom and passion. Every client is a relationship that matters. We effectively use our expertise to deliver practical and winning solutions as Charlotte business lawyers and advocates for individual clients. Please let us know how we can help you.

Civil Litigation

All of our attorneys are skilled and experienced in the courtroom. Whether taking cases to jury verdict in state court, business court, or federal court, or aggressively seeking remedies in mediation, arbitration or pre-litigation negotiations, or handling appeals in state and/or federal court, you can confidently hand your legal burden to our civil litigators. We handle all manner of civil litigation including disputes involving business, banking, insurance, real estate, construction, contract, domestic, collections and landlord-tenant cases. If you find yourself on either end of a legal dispute, we are here to vigorously pursue your desired outcome.

Business Law

We serve a broad range of medium and small businesses from formation, investor agreements, compliance guidance, dispute resolution and acquisitions/mergers. We dedicate ourselves to intimately understand your business to help build and protect it. We leverage decades of business experience in wide ranging contexts to provide business-smart advice to help your business succeed and thrive. Consider our Charlotte business attorneys the compass for your business as it navigates the ever-evolving legal terrain.

Family Law

Going through a separation or divorce can be stressful, emotional, perhaps embarrassing, and time consuming. Sometimes this significant life event can be resolved amicably and efficiently through negotiation or mediation. Other times, when a spouse is being difficult, the situation may spiral into a Court fight over who gets custody of the child, the amount of child support, if someone has to pay alimony and for how much and how long, and the division of the marital estate known as equitable distribution. If you are going through a separation or divorce, you need a reputable and determined family law attorney who knows the judges and has years of experience in guiding clients through those difficult times. We have the experience and wisdom of knowing when to be reasonable and when to fight. If you find yourself in a domestic or family crisis, our law firm has a long history of handling family law cases in Charlotte and the surrounding counties including Union, Cabarrus, Lincoln and Gaston Counties.

Real Estate Litigation

Occasionally, buying or selling a home, or having a general contractor build your house, does not go as planned and a real estate or construction dispute can arise. Problems can occur between the buyer and seller during the due diligence and inspection phase. There may be issues with the home that were not disclosed or were even misrepresented (for example, leaks or plumbing problems, HVAC systems, fence encroachments, boundary disputes, and undisclosed HOA assessments). A buyer or seller may want to back out of the purchase contract. A realtor may find herself faced with a complaint to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. A general contractor may need to defend himself with the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors. A homeowner may want to investigate potential defects he claims was caused by his general contractor, or a general contractor or subcontractor may need to file a lien on the property. Our lawyers are called upon to provide sound counsel throughout the various stages, from preventing problems at the beginning by drafting or editing the real estate contract or the construction contract or solving disputes at arbitration or trial. If you find yourself involved in a real estate or construction dispute, our law firm has decades of experience representing sellers, buyers, realtors, general contractors and subcontractors.


Adoption is a wonderful process that provides a loving home for a child. But adopting children can be complicated. Finding the right solution requires expertise and knowledge from experienced counsel because there are so many options. Adoptions in North Carolina can be independent (private) or agency; domestic or interstate (ICPC); DSS or adult; or through surrogacy. Many relative adoptions involve adoptive parents who are a stepparent or grandparent. Serving as a Charlotte adoption attorney for over 30 years, our firm has successfully completed thousands of adoptions of all types. Legal services also include preparation of a will, power of attorney, living will, and other estate planning documents for our adopting families.

Our firm also represents parties in adoption litigation. This representation includes termination of parental rights in juvenile court, guardianship, and contested adoptions. As a North Carolina adoption lawyer, fellow members of the bar and adoption agencies have referred numerous cases to us from all over North Carolina.


Community associations are a form of government. A homeowners association (HOA) and a condominium association (COA) provide governance for its neighborhood development. Because neighbors are governing each other, issues may arise or disputes may occur. Associations need assistance with liens, assessment collections, and foreclosures; directing member meetings and conducting membership votes; drafting CCR’s and governing documents; negotiating contracts; and insuring that associations remain in compliance with applicable statutes and governing documents. As Charlotte association attorneys and experienced litigators, we have appeared in numerous HOA lawsuits although we strive to use our experience to help clients come to constructive resolutions without the expense and cost of litigation.


Discuss Your Needs With an Experienced Advocate Today

Thurman, Wilson, Boutwell & Galvin, P.A. has the stability and expertise of a law firm that has represented clients in Charlotte for over 30 years. Our team of dedicated and persistent attorneys have guided clients who have pressing civil matters with care and distinction. We serve the public throughout Charlotte and the regional Piedmont area. If you need a reputable and experienced Charlotte business lawyer or an advocate in one of our other practice areas, call our office at (704) 377-4164 to speak with a live person during business hours (or use our online contact form) if you have an important legal matter that is affecting your family, your business, your home, or your life.

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I recently engaged the legal services of James Galvin, Esq., to assist me in a foreclosure case brought by a bank. He skillfully and thoughtfully negotiated a very successful conclusion with a nominal cash settlement of an otherwise considerable debt. I can thoroughly recommend the use of his...


James Galvin is the most honest and forthright attorney I ever met. He has been a pleasure to work with. If I ever need an attorney again, James will be my choice. I know he will work hard on your behalf to help resolve the matter to your best interest.

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