Attorney Nicholas Gold Tessener

A compassionate attorney intent on helping others in his community

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.

“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 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, who leads the Litigation Department at James Scott Farrin. “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 travelled once again and he enrolled in a 1-month residential program in Ghana, Africa, where he studied International Human Rights Law and Comparative Law and participated in an interactive study of the 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.

Practice Area:

Personal Injury

Business Litigation

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


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

Community and Civic Involvement:

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