T.C. Morphis, Jr.
T.C. Morphis grew up in Hickory, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History from UNC-Chapel Hill and his Law Degree and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Mr. Morphis’ primary practice areas include municipal, zoning, land use, employment, code enforcement, environmental, and coastal area management law. He provides general legal counsel for the City of Hamlet; the Towns of Aberdeen and Robbins; and the Village of Whispering Pines. He also serves as outside counsel to the Chatham County Board of Adjustment, and regularly represents citizen groups and other private clients in land-use litigation throughout North Carolina. Mr. Morphis has experience at all stages of litigation, from quasi-judicial hearings before local boards to trial court work and appellate advocacy before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court. Mr. Morphis also regularly advises local government clients on code enforcement and board governance issues.
Early in his career, Mr. Morphis served as a clerk with the Charlotte City Attorney’s Office and as an extern for the Honorable Judge Linda McGee of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Mr. Morphis’ Masters-Degree Project compared land trusts and resource conservation efforts in North Carolina with forest conservation in India, and he was a recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies scholarship for the study of Hindi and Urdu. Mr. Morphis also received, at UNC-CH Law School, the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Oral Advocacy, the Best Overall award in the UNC Environmental Negotiation Competition, and recognition as a finalist in the Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition.
Mr. Morphis is admitted to practice in the State courts in North Carolina and in the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. He currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys and has previously served as the Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section Council and as the Co-Editor of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Land Use Law Quarterly. He also previously served on the Triangle Land Conservancy’s Land Protection Committee and as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the City of Durham’s Community and Family Life Center at Lyon Park.