Thomas R. Holt


A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Thomas R. Holt attended Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia, and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1980. After several years working in the field of social work, he attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1990 and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar the same year.

A shareholder at the firm, Mr. Holt has been with Bagwell Holt Smith P.A. for over 25 years. His practice is concentrated in residential and commercial real estate transactions, an area of law that enables him to help clients comfortably navigate important and often stressful financial transactions.  He works primarily from the Southern Village office.

When not working, Mr. Holt enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and fiercely following the Tar Heels.  He also is committed to devoting time to community service, and sits on the board of directors of the Freedom House Recovery Center, Inc.  Mr. Holt participates in and is a co-sponsor of the annual Fix-a-Home service project facilitated by the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors.  He is a volunteer with the North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Program of the North Carolina State Bar, and was the recipient of the 2013 Chief Justices LAP Award.


University of North Carolina School of Law

  • J.D., 1990

Davis and Elkins College

  • B.A., 1980

Memberships and Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, Member, 1990
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association