Tom Blue focuses his practice primarily in the area of commercial real estate. He has experience negotiating purchase and sale contracts, complex leases, and related agreements. He also handles title and lien priority claims, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, condemnation proceedings, boundary disputes, and premises liability claims. Mr. Blue has represented landowners, investors, brokerages, title insurance companies, and a variety of for-profit and non-profit enterprises.
Mr. Blue obtained his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Asheville (summa cum laude, 1989) and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (with Honors, 1997) where he served on the North Carolina Law Review staff for two years. Prior to attending law school, he was employed by the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina, first as a whitewater rafting guide and canoeing instructor and eventually as a Vice President and then its Chief Financial Officer. He also served on NOC’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Blue runs a non-profit organization that organizes and sponsors canoeing and kayaking races. He was the race chair for the American Canoe Association’s National Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the United States Team Trials for marathon canoe and kayak in 2011 held in the Triangle. He was also the race chair for the United States Canoe Association’s Stock Aluminum Canoe Marathon Championships in 2014.