Richard M. Thigpen

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A founding member of Kirk, Palmer & Thigpen, Richard Thigpen has provided high-level legal counsel on complex business and tax issues to numerous closely held corporations. Richard’s overall practice includes experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, tax law, as well as trusts and estates. Richard’s clients include a variety of business entities including financial institutions, developers, investors, commercial brokers, and property managers.

In 1997, Richard left KPT to serve as General Counsel to the Carolina Panthers, where he was involved in all aspects of the business, including negotiating and drafting contracts, governmental affairs, trademark issues and employment matters.

Richard played a significant role as counsel to the Panthers’ strategic business profile including negotiating with the City of Charlotte on renovations at Bank of America Stadium and working with lawmakers in Raleigh on tax relief for the team. Richard returned to private practice at KPT after serving as General Counsel for the Panthers for 21 years.

Richard is an NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator and a panelist for the Sports and Commercial Law panels for the American Arbitration Association.


  • L.L.M., Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., Campbell University School of Law
  • B.A., Economics, Duke University

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Professional Associations

  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association