1300 Baxter Street Suite 300 | Charlotte, NC 28204 | 704.332.8000

Richard Thigpen

Of Counsel

Richard has returned to private practice after serving as General Counsel for the Carolina Panthers for 21 years.  Prior to joining the Panthers, Richard spent 14 years in private practice providing business and tax advice to closely held businesses and medical practices.  His practice also included estate planning and administration, real estate transactions and tax controversy work. While working with the Panthers, Richard was involved in all aspects of the business, including negotiating and drafting contracts, governmental affairs, trademark issues and employment matters.  Richard is an NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator and a panelist for the Sports and Commercial Law panels for the American Arbitration Association.



Previous Experience

Carolina Panthers
Kirk Palmer & Thigpen, P.A.
Poyner & Spruill, PLLP
Moore & Van Allen, PLLC


Georgetown University Law Center, LLM in Taxation
Campbell University School of Law, JD
Duke University, BA in Economics

Bar Admissions

North Carolina

Professional Associations

Sports Lawyers Association
North Carolina Bar Association
Mecklenburg County Bar
American Bar Association
American Arbitration Association