L. Phillip Hornthal, III


Phone: 252-698-0214
Fax: (252) 335-4223
301 East Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909


Amber Elliott (Legal Assistant)
Dana Smith (Paralegal)

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Phil helps individuals and entities face a wide variety of civil litigation matters. He has twenty five years of experience in personal injury and insurance defense litigation, representing individuals involved in car accidents, and helping individuals recover for their injuries.   He also routinely litigates construction and contract disputes, as well as practices real estate and commercial litigation.  Additionally, Phil aids individuals seeking to protect their property, assists individuals in insuring adequate compensation for their property, and advises municipalities on eminent domain regulations and condemnation law.  Phil has extensive experience handling disputes arising from homeowner’s associations, representing individual homeowners and associations.  Phil is also a certified Superior Court mediator, and has a growing mediation and arbitration practice.


  • Campbell University (J.D., 1993)
    • Campbell Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
    • Research Assistant to the Honorable Justice John Webb, N.C. Supreme Court, 1993-94
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., 1989)
    • Phi Eta Sigma

Honors & Distinctions

  • NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating
  • North Carolina Legal Elite
  • North Carolina Citizen Lawyer Award Recipient


  • Note, Another Step Towards Ending Discrimination in The Jury Selection Process — Powers v. Ohio, 14 Campbell Law Review 369 (1992).

Bar & Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • First Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Antitrust and Complex Business Dispute Section Council
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Personal & Community

  • Christ Episcopal Church
  • Acolyte Sponsor and Sunday School Teacher
  • Elizabeth City Rotary Club (Former President)
  • Arts of the Albemarle (Former President)
  • Elizabeth City Boys and Girls Club (Former President)