Who We Represent

“I am a _______ in need of solid legal counsel.”

Your business is like one of your children. It is an extension of yourself.

You put all your time into it. It is your expression of yourself to the community. And – most importantly – it is how you make a living and support your family. So, when your business is in jeopardy, it is a significant problem for you and those who depend on you. We get it. We have represented business owners for nearly two decades. We own and care about our own business, just like you. We can help you effectively address any business threats, including:

Tax/IRS

  • Payroll tax/§6672 IRS issues.
  • IRS failure to file tax return investigations.
  • CID interviews/criminal tax investigations.

Criminal Authorities & Regulators

  • FBI interviews.
  • Subpoena/search warrant responses.
  • Indictment of business or business principals.
  • Plea negotiations.
  • Trial.
  • Appeal.
  • Regulator investigations (SEC, FINRA, etc.)

Civil Threats & Litigation

  • Business divorce and disputes between owners of a business.
  • Employee disputes.
  • Sued by customers or clients.
  • Sued by competitors (trade secret claims, etc.).
  • Lateral investigation.
  • Compliance.
  • Embezzlement.
Call us today to discuss your business problem before it gets out of hand. No commitment.
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Tax issues are complicated. And even worse, can be extraordinarily costly if handled incorrectly.

We represent a wide range of clients – ranging from individuals to multinational corporations – in disputes and investigations involving the Internal Revenue Service, North Carolina Department of Revenue, and other taxing authorities.

Recent Successes Include:

  • Successfully litigated in Wake County, North Carolina Superior Court on behalf of a large international retailer to prevent North Carolina Department of Revenue from sharing documents produced in audit with other taxing authorities or parties (In a reversal of law, the Department of Revenue had applied a state statute for nearly a century.)
  • Resolution of IRS criminal willful failure to file charges against chiropractor who did not pay income tax for several years in a manner that avoided deportation or prison time.

Your business is like one of your children. It is an extension of yourself.

You put all your time into it. It is your expression of yourself to the community. And – most importantly – it is how you make a living and support your family. So, when your business is in jeopardy, it is a significant problem for you and those who depend on you. We get it. We have represented business owners for nearly two decades. We own and care about our own business, just like you. We can help you effectively address any business threats, including:

Tax/IRS

  • Payroll tax/§6672 IRS issues.
  • IRS failure to file tax return investigations.
  • CID interviews/criminal tax investigations.

Criminal Authorities & Regulators

  • FBI interviews.
  • Subpoena/search warrant responses.
  • Indictment of business or business principals.
  • Plea negotiations.
  • Trial.
  • Appeal.
  • Regulator investigations (SEC, FINRA, etc.).

Civil Threats & Litigation

  • Business divorce and disputes between owners of a business.
  • Employee disputes.
  • Sued by customers or clients.
  • Sued by competitors (trade secret claims, etc.).
  • Lateral investigation.
  • Compliance.
  • Embezzlement.
Call us today to discuss your business problem before it gets out of hand. No commitment.

Great power comes with even greater responsibilities. And the consequences of these responsibilities are magnified in times of crisis.

Whether you are being forced out of your business, accused of stealing trade secrets, have a problem with non-competition or non-solicitation agreement, have parties who are stealing from you, or are being investigated by criminal authorities, we’ve successfully handled it and we are here for you 24/7.

Representative Matters Include:

  • Protected executives departing large international bank from false allegations of breaching non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and stealing trade secrets.
  • Represented numerous business owners whose partners improperly diverted firm capital.
  • Represented executives accused of embezzlement.

Only the very best lawyers can litigate on behalf of other lawyers.

Terpening Law has considerable experience defending other lawyers in federal criminal cases, as well as handling related actions like bar association disciplinary matters. Indeed, founding partner Will Terpening’s first major trial success involved obtaining the acquittal of a prominent Wilmington tax attorney in Charlotte federal court (Western District of North Carolina). Since then, Mr. Terpening has represented attorneys in a wide variety of matters, including federal criminal litigation involving real estate attorneys accused of mortgage fraud and trust account embezzlement.

We understand that when you are a lawyer accused of a crime, you have more than many others do to worry about, like your license and your professional reputation, not just your liberty. And we know that as a lawyer yourself, you will have high standards for the criminal defense lawyer you retain. You will want to have a great deal of input into your defense. We understand that, and we address those needs well.

Solving perplex financial and securities issues requires an abundance of knowledge and experience.

The first years of founding partner Will Terpening’s career were 100% devoted to securities litigation, working with a group of lawyers at a large international firm, based in Atlanta, that did nothing but securities litigation. Since then, securities investigations and litigation have comprised a significant part of the legal work done by Mr. Terpening and the lawyers at Terpening Law. In addition, Mr. Terpening is a registered FINRA Arbitrator.

It takes a sophisticated lawyer to understand a sophisticated medical practice.

Terpening Law has successfully handled a wide variety of licensing, criminal, and reputational issues for doctors, including:

  • False Claims Act cases invoking use of allegedly improperly-sourced pharmaceuticals.
  • North Carolina Medical Board actions involving alleged drug-prescription misconduct.
  • Business disputes involving litigation between partners in medical practices.
  • Litigation on behalf of unlawfully terminated doctors throughout North Carolina.
  • Medical review panel claims.

We understand the stress and anxiety when your license is at stake, and we know that protecting your good reputation is a critical part of our job. We also understand that your matter may be extremely nuanced and fact. Specifically, we have the education, skills, and experience to best present, negotiate, and litigate your case.

Whether building, buying or selling property, it's important to have a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of the transaction.

Our lawyers have represented real estate professionals and their businesses as a core part of the firm’s practice for many years. Our clients have included prominent commercial real estate developers, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, and others in the industry.

Illustrative Matters Include:

  • Representation of the developer of a large South Charlotte shopping center in property rights litigation.
  • Representation of mortgage brokers, real estate agents and developers, and real estate lawyers in federal criminal litigation alleging mortgage fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, and criminal conspiracy.
  • Representation of realtors in North Carolina Real Estate Commission licensing investigations and actions.

Everyone deserves the right to tenacious, fair and just representation.

We understand the value to you, as a victim, of early and prompt resolution, and we are familiar with the resources we can draw upon to attempt that resolution. Almost all professionals and executives are honest, hard-working, and deal with their customers in good faith. Rarely, there is an exception. If you’re the victim of such an exception, we are here to help you. We know the playbook on both sides.

We have helped victims in a variety of matters, including:

  • Assisting a pastor’s widow after a local confidence man swindles her out of her life savings.
  • Representing business owners whose partners abused corporate assets and corporate funds.
  • Representing groups of investors in securities fraud cases.

Check Out What Our Clients Are Saying About Us:

“The team will not sugar coat what’s going on, but will provide you with alternatives and possible consequences. At all times, this advice proved to be spot on. I would highly recommend Will and his team.”

Mike K.Finance Professional

“They have helped at every stage and through every challenge we have dealt with over an extended period of time. We are fortunate to be represented by Terpening Law.”

Roger L.Small Business Owner

“Without Will and his staff, my walk through the situation would have been more difficult. Their attention to detail and professionalism exceeded my expectations.”

Peggy S.