Founding Attorney

William R. Terpening

For nearly two decades, Will Terpening has fought tirelessly, thoughtfully, and effectively for his clients in white collar criminal cases; in complicated business litigation matters; and for executives, professionals, and corporations in times of intense crisis. Will is a member of a dying breed – the litigator who loves the courtroom and who still spends a substantial amount of time there and who values substance over appearance. Clients value him not only for his hard working approach to trial work – they also depend on his skill as a writer, negotiator, counselor, and problem solver. He is the go-to lawyer for unique disputes and clients in the midst of any kind of criminal, civil, or regulatory crisis situation – from his perspective: the more unusual and complicated the problem, the better.

He is particularly experienced in federal court, having clerked for a federal judge in the Western District of North Carolina and focused his practice on federal litigation. He regularly handles high stakes federal criminal and civil trials and appeals, IRS/tax controversies, SEC/securities fraud matters, and government and internal investigations. In addition, he applies the experience he has gained from helping clients through emergencies to counseling companies, executives, and professionals regarding compliance and general business planning so that they can proactively avoid disruptive problems.

After a recent trial, one client remarked to Will: “I could never have stood up to those guys without you.” This is the kind of feedback that matters the most to Will, and he is fortunate to regularly hear some variation of it from clients. Will became a lawyer to fight for the underdog, protect rights, and ensure a fair fight where his clients’ positions are presented comprehensively, accurately, and effectively. It is what he lives to do.

Will Terpening founded Terpening Law, after a successful term as managing partner of the Charlotte office of a large national firm, specifically because he wanted to provide top quality legal services at more reasonable rates and closer and more constant attention to clients, and develop a law firm that blended extreme perfectionism and professionalism with a more “human” approach to the practice of law.

License

Will is licensed in North Carolina and Georgia, and practices nationally.

Education

He obtained a B.A. from Brown University, magna cum laude, and with high honors in English and American Literature, has an M.A. in English from Duke, and obtained his Juris Doctor from Duke.