Headshot of Nick Tessener, Attorney at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

“Clients are our friends, family, and community members. We are all connected, and it is our job and duty as lawyers to protect our communities.”

- Nicholas Gold Tessener



Attorney Nicholas Gold Tessener

Nicholas Tessener joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2020 as a personal injury attorney with a focus on litigation.

Nicholas currently serves as a member of North Carolina’s House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice. He and his fellow committee members examine North Carolina’s criminal justice system and propose methods for improving police training and relations between law enforcement and its communities. He strongly believes in the importance of listening to both sides of each story and in the positive power of community. Nicholas brings these beliefs and skills to his professional life as well.

Nicholas received his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, NC and spent the two summers prior to graduation working as a summer associate at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin – an experience that strengthened his interest in litigation. He attributes these choices, in part, to his admiration of his father, Hoyt Tessener, a storiedattorney. “I always knew that I wanted to help people and knew my dad did. That outreach and positive impact is the kind of impact I want to make.”

While at Campbell, Nicholas combined his love of travel with his passion for justice. In 2018, he took part in the Academy of the Advocate, a study abroad program focused on the art of advocacy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Here, Nicholas’ desire to be a litigator was cemented as he honed his trial skills by attending classes taught by litigators, professionals, and professors and competing in trial competitions. In 2019, he traveled once again and enrolled in a residential program in Ghana, Africa, where he studied International Human Rights Law and Comparative Law and participated in an interactive study of history, race relations, and human rights throughout the region.

Nicholas left Raleigh after high school to attend Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2011. While at Lycoming, he was a linebacker on the football team for four years and acted as a Student Assistant Football Coach for the 2009 Fall season.

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Member of the House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice, 2020

Law School

Campbell University School of Law
Raleigh, NC
2020, J.D.

  • Ghana, Africa Residential Program, 2019
  • American Association of Justice National Trial Competition, 2019
  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Trial Advocacy Competition, 2018
  • Academy of the Advocate, St. Andrews, Scotland, 2018


Lycoming College
Williamsport, PA
2011, B.A. in Business Administration

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