Our Story

Our Firm

Welcome to Tuggle Duggins. Thank you for your interest in our firm.

A lot has changed since we first opened our doors in 1974, but our commitment to businesses and business owners remains our central focus. We are fortunate that our clients ask for help with their business interests locally, around our state, across the U.S. as well as internationally.

Our clients are at the heart of what we do each and every day. We offer a collaborative approach and a business mindset to help solve each issue, and view ourselves as not only legal counsel but also a business partner.

Our services range from corporate and finance, litigation and dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property to real estate, tax, estate planning and wealth management. Additionally, we offer a full range of services to clients through our work as Fractional General Counsel. Our clients represent a wide range of industries including but not limited to:

• manufacturing and distribution,
• wholesale and retail sales,
• construction,
• eCommerce,
• information services,
• insurance,
• hospitality,
• health care,
• automotive and aviation,
• financial services,
• technology,
• professional services,
• furniture,
• real estate and development.

In choosing a law firm for your business and personal needs, a good starting point is reputation. Tuggle Duggins has a 49 year heritage of serving businesses and owners. Many of our clients say they chose us – and have stayed with us for years – because of our dedication to their success. Each of our attorneys has practice specialties, and from these we assemble the team that can bring the greatest value to each business or personal situation you face. Our goal is a long-term client relationship and we know we must deliver exceptional service and results to earn this opportunity.

At Tuggle Duggins, our attorneys and staff are dedicated to providing clients with unparalleled service. We work hard, with a “can do” spirit, to serve and advance our clients’ businesses. If you are visiting us for the first time – welcome. If we have had the honor of serving you before – welcome back.

Management Committee (Left to Right)
Jeff S. Southerland, Natalie C. Folmar, D. Ross Hamilton, J. Nathan Duggins III, Michael J. Wenig

Our Core Values

Our mission is to provide exceptional service to our clients for a reasonable cost. Our attorneys and staff members are held to a code of conduct that reflects our firm’s core values:


We are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards. We will never compromise our integrity.


We believe in building client relationships based on trust and loyalty. It is through trust that we can best work with our clients to achieve their goals.


Our passion for excellence pervades everything we do. There is no place for mediocrity.


We are dedicated to providing our clients with unparalleled service. We work hard, with a “can do” spirit, to serve and advance our clients’ businesses, their needs, their desires, and their expectations.


In 1974, Dick Tuggle and Jim Duggins left a reputable North Carolina firm to set out on their own and establish a new firm dedicated to serving closely-held businesses and their owners. Their mission was to serve clients with an innovative, creative and bold approach to solving problems. Starting with four attorneys, Dick and Jim grew the firm to what they considered the ideal size to provide flexibility as well as the depth and variety of experience.

We have remained true to the founder’s original focus on serving closely-held businesses and their owners for over 48 years. We strive to work in a long-term partnership with each client. We build client relationships around trust. Our yardstick for success is the success of our clients.

The vision that inspired Tuggle and Duggins in 1974 continues to shape our firm’s character and our reputation for integrity and professionalism. This solid foundation, along with a genuine commitment to personal service, has grounded us through the years. We believe it is a key reason that Tuggle Duggins is unlike most other law firms.

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