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Douglas E. Kingsbery

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Tax: Consumer, Tax: Business
Attorney Profile

Doug Kingsbery is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is the Past Chair of the North Carolina State Bar’s Criminal Law Specialty Committee that certifies all Criminal Law Specialists in the State of North Carolina.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University in Political Science and Religion and a law degree from Duke University School of Law.  He has tried and won criminal jury trials in several counties across North Carolina as well as in the United States District Courts of North Carolina and has won criminal appeals in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He has an extensive criminal tax defense practice, representing taxpayers against the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue, and for several years, he has served on the faculty of the American Bar Association’s National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud.

Mr. Kingsbery has been married to his wife Katie since 1979.  Together, they have raised three children, Russell, Kelsey and Web. The Kingsberys are active members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) where Doug has served as President of the Church Council and as a Stephen Minister.

Certificates and Credentials

About Douglas E. Kingsbery

First Admitted: 1980, North Carolina

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Courts for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section), Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Federal Court of Claims
  • United States District Courts for the Western District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Litigation Section), Member
  • North Carolina State Bar

Educational Background

  • Duke University's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., Political Science and Religion, cum laude  , 1977

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law, 1991


  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2010
  • Listed in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" Criminal Law Section
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney, Martindale Hubbell
  • Client Choice Award, AVVO, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Criminal Law, Commercial Litigation, "Bet the Company" Litigation - Since 2005
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Office Location for Douglas E. Kingsbery

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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