Thomas E. Harris

Thomas E. Harris


Tom Harris is senior partner and founding member of Harris, Creech, Ward & Blackerby. Focusing his practice on litigation for over 40 years, Tom has particular expertise in defending health care providers and other professionals against liability claims, as well as in dispute resolution and minimizing exposure to litigation.

Tom is listed in Law & Politics magazine as "Super Lawyer"/"Top 100". He is also a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Tom is a past-president of the Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court, and one of the founders of the North Carolina Chapter of the Board of Trial Advocates.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Tom attended the University of Kentucky for both his undergraduate career as well as law school. After practicing law in Lexington for 12 years, Tom moved to New Bern in 1978 where he refined his skills as a litigator, defending professionals in malpractice claims. In 1990, Tom founded the firm of Harris and Associates, which evolved into today's Harris, Creech, Ward & Blackerby.


Litigation - Defense of Professional Liability

  • Physicians
  • Hospitals and Other Health Care Providers
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Attorneys and Other Professionals


  • Products Liability

Dispute Resolution

Certified Mediator


  • Bachelor of Science (General Business),
    University of Kentucky, 1962
  • L.L.B. (Juris Doctor),
    University of Kentucky, 1965


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court


  • North Carolina State Courts
  • Kentucky State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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Harris, Creech, Ward & Blackerby, P.A.

325 Pollock Street, PO Drawer 1168,
New Bern, NC 28563

Tel: 252-638-6666
Fax: 252-638-3542

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