Douglas Owen Thigpen

Douglas works with clients in the real estate, banking, business and investment industries. He guides clients in achieving their financial and investment goals by advising them on purchasing, selling and exchanging real property. Douglas tirelessly works for clients ranging from professional associations to architects and construction companies. He wrote, “Deed and Division of Real Estate Issues” for the North Carolina Bar Foundation Continuing Legal Education, as well as “Resolving Property Line Problems” for the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education. Among his national client list, representative clients include Mountain Retreat Association, Inc., Brown-Metcalf Construction, LLC, S. B. Coleman Construction Company, LLC, and Bowers, Ellis & Watson, P.A., Architects.

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Contact Information

Office: 828.254.8800

48 Patton Avenue
PO Box 3180
Asheville, North Carolina 28802-3180

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Real Estate and Development

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Industry Experience

Client Successes

  • Advised parties in multi-state and intra-state exchange of investment properties by the Way Trust in Georgia, Florida and New Jersey, a transaction valued at $4.6M
  • Represented several local restaurants successfully in audits by the Department of Labor
  • Assisted with the successful multi-million dollar purchase and development of Walgreen’s drug stores in South Asheville, Boone and Wilkesboro
  • Negotiated with North Carolina Clean Water Fund to place more than 2,000 acres of land in a conservation easement on behalf of the Mountain Retreat Association, resulting in a grant of $3.8M
  • Represented Taylor Land & Cattle Company to further its legacy of land stewardship in buying, selling and exchanging millions of dollars’ worth of property in Buncombe and Henderson counties
  • Assisted M&M Development Company with the successful purchase and development of Oakley Plaza and Yancey Commons shopping centers

Community Involvement

In the community, Douglas has worked with:

  • NC State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Real Property Committee
  • Meals on Wheels, Board of Directors


North Carolina Bar


University of North Carolina (J.D.)

University of North Carolina (B.A.)