Tom Berkau

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Practice Areas
Real Estate; Family Law; Wills and Probate; Personal Injury


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North Carolina in 1974

University of North Carolina (graduated upper 10% of class in 1974)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee (graduated with Honors in 1970)

Eta Kappa Nu Association (Electrical Engineering Honorary Society); Tau Beta Pi (All Engineering Honorary Society); Order of the Coif (Law Honorary Society); NCBA Public Service Advisory Committee (1992 to present); NCBA; NC Advocates for Justice

Recipient of 1990 Johnston County Bar’s Dedicated Service to Bar and the Public Good; Recipient of Second Annual George B. Mast Pro Bono; Attorney of the Year Award for 1995; Chairman of Organizational Committee for the Johnston County Pro Bono Program; Past Chairman of NCBA Public Service Advisory Committee (2002 to 2004); Past President of Johnston County Bar   Association (Incorporated J.C. Bar Association and obtained state and federal tax exempt status); Attorney Advocate and Coordinator for Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program for Abused and Neglected Children in Johnston County from 1984 to 1993.;NCBA Representative on Board of Directors for Legal Aid of North Carolina,Inc. (2007 to present) ; Recipient of William L. Thorp Pro Bono Service Award (June 26, 2009)presented by the North Carolina Bar Association; Legal Services Corporation (of Washington DC) Certificate of Appreciation given October 1, 2012 for providing equal access to justice through pro bono work with Legal Aid of NC (Certificate given to only 5 attorneys in NC); Perform all title work and closings pro bono for Habitat For Humanity of Johnston County, N.C.

Jaycee Distinguished Service Award (1981); Distinguished Citizen Award from Greater Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce (1984)

Councilman for Town of Smithfield from 1983 to 1995; Past member of Smithfield Development Corporation. (Incorporated the  organization and obtained state and federal tax exempt status); Past member of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers, Inc. (Incorporated the organization and obtained state and federal tax exempt status); Past chairman and member of the Johnston County Area Mental Health Board; Past president of Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce (1982); Past member of the Johnston County YMCA Board; Recognized October 7, 2012 as a “Keeper of Johnston County’s Heritage” for role in bringing to life the Ava Gardner Museum.

Baltimore, Maryland