We are pleased to share with you that Sharon Thompson has been honored with the 2016 Leaders in the Law Award. Bestowed jointly by Elon University and North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, the award is celebrating its sixth anniversary.
Ms. Thompson is one of 34 honorees in 2016, chosen for service above and beyond to their profession and community. Though hosted by Elon University and NC Lawyers Weekly, the Leaders in the Law judges are an independent panel of lawyers from various practice areas and geographic areas, unaffiliated with either entity. Nominees are judged based on both their nominations coupled with an individual review process completed by each candidate. The 2016 Leaders in the Law Celebration will take place on September 23 in Raleigh.
Sharon was nominated for her service and advocacy to women and the LGBT community. In 2010, Sharon became the first attorney in North Carolina, as well as the first woman, to be accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. She is included in the Women Leaders in the Law 2015, by Legal Leaders™, American Law Media and Fortune Magazine. In 2013, she received the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award for her contributions to LGBT law across the nation, and in 2014 the North Carolina State Bar’s John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award, for exemplary service to the legal profession. In 2007, she received the ACLU’s Frank Porter Graham Award and was inducted into the General Practice Hall of Fame by the NC Bar Association. She served in the North Carolina House of Representatives (1987-1990), and was the highest ranked female and the 16th most effective representative during her second term. In 1978, Sharon was one of four co-founders of the NC Association of Women Attorneys, and in 1994, she was one of the co-founders, and the first President, of the NC Association of Gay and Lesbian Attorneys.
Sharon has also served as Adjunct Professor at both the University of North Carolina School of Law and the North Carolina Central University of Law. She has authored numerous publications and is often called upon to speak at legal seminars, law school, and community events.
Established in 2011, the family, business and criminal defense firm of NicholsonPham focuses on pursuing, ensuring and advocating for the rights of LGBT individuals and their families, and has become one of the area’s preeminent LGBT focused law firm. Meredith Nicholson, Milan Pham and Sharon Thompson commonly provide resources and support to the legal community and are available for referrals regarding LGBT issues, adoption and surrogacy.