Colin Shive

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Colin Shive is a partner in the firm’s Education Law Section with a broad litigation practice including representation of boards of education and other governmental entities, nonprofits, and individuals. Some of his recent matters include defending boards of education against employment claims, advising a county board of elections, representation of a judicial candidate in an election law dispute, and defending individuals against contract claims from former employers.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable William L. Osteen, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Colin originally joined the firm in 2012, then worked as an associate attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center before returning to Tharrington Smith in 2017.

Colin received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University in 2006 and his law degree, with High Honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, where he was a staff member and editor of the North Carolina Law Review.

Colin is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and he previously served as the Durham Site Coordinator for the Ask-A-Lawyer program from 2014-2016.

In 2016, Colin was first selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars and has been continuously recognized as a Rising Star since 2018.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Juris Doctor, 2011
  • High Honors, Order of the Coif
  • Community Development Law Clinic, participant
  • Center on Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources, research assistant
  • North Carolina Law Review, staff member and editor
  • Clemson University
  • B. A. 2006 Magna Cum Laude

Memberships & Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar 2011
  • Wake County Bar Association, member 2011
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, member 2011
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2011
    • Education Law Section, Member
    • Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section, Member
    • Young Lawyers Division Member
    • Young Lawyers Division, Ask a Lawyer Day Durham Site Coordinator, 2014-present; volunteer 2013


  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, law clerk for the Honorable William L. Osteen, Jr., 2011-2012

Opinions & Verdicts

Professional Dedication

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Constitutional Rights Responsibilities Section Council Member, 2015
  • The Constitituionalist, Newsletter of the Constitutional Rights Responsibilities Section of the NCBA, Editor, 2015


  • School Systems and the Affordable Care Act: Current Issues; April 2015 NCBA Education Law Newsletter

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