Why I Became a Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney.

Elizabeth G. Grimes is a senior litigation attorney at Thomas, Godley & Grimes, PLLC, and represents plaintiffs in cases involving serious bodily injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Mrs. Grimes received her B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December of 1985, graduating a semester early, and received her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1989. While in law school, Mrs. Grimes was a member of the Wake Forest Law Review and Moot Court Board, and a quarterfinalist in the Wake Forest Law School First Year Moot Court Competition, and recipient of the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Remedies.

Mrs. Grimes is admitted to practice before the North Carolina State Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina since. Her professional affiliations include the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, North Carolina Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, among others.

Mrs. Grimes enjoys a broad experience in practicing law and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil actions. Prior to joining Thomas, Godley & Grimes, Mrs. Grimes was a director and shareholder with Tuggle Duggins & Meschan, PA (now Tuggle Duggins, PA), where she practiced for fifteen years representing hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice lawsuits, and representing insurance carriers and defendants in trucking and automobile accident lawsuits. Mrs. Grimes also defended employers in workers compensation claims, and was a Council Member of the North Carolina Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Section 1999-2002. Having extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom has offered Mrs. Grimes a strong perspective and knowledge base to draw upon in her current personal injury and products liability law practice.

In addition to her work as a civil trial attorney, Mrs. Grimes served formerly as Adjunct Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law; and formerly was an Associate Adjunct Professor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mrs. Grimes is rated AV Preeminent (5.0 of 5.0), the highest professional rating achievable from Martindale-Hubbell, a national organization that rates attorneys and law firms. According to Martindale-Hubbell, “an AV peer review rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”

Mrs. Grimes is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum* and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum*, signifying her involvement in cases obtaining million dollar and multi-million dollar recoveries for injured clients. Additionally, Mrs. Grimes is a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers*.

Mrs. Grimes is married to attorney L. Charles Grimes and they have two children and live in Mecklenburg County. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and playing golf when time permits.

*Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Criteria for membership in Million Dollar Advocates can be found by clicking here. Thomas, Godley & Grimes, PLLC, does not represent that similar results will be achieved in your case. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.

*The National Trial Lawyers is a national organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as trial lawyers, both civil plaintiff and criminal defense. More information can be found at the National Trial Lawyers web site by clicking here. Thomas, Godley & Grimes, PLLC does not represent that similar results will be achieved in your case. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.

Practice Areas

- Personal Injury Litigation, Including Catastrophic Injury
- Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury
- Trucking and Automobile Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Medical and Professional Malpractice
- Products Liability
- Workplace Accidents
- Premises Liability


- Wake Forest University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989. Law Review, American Jurisprudence Awards in Remedies, Wake Forest School of Law Moot Court Board

- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA in Economics

Admitted to Practice

- North Carolina, 1989
- U.S. District Court, Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement

- Listed in National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (Rated as One of Best in North Carolina and in the Nation)
- Super Lawyers, Made a Member of Super Lawyers for the Charlotte Region
- Board Member, North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation
- Lifetime Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Lifetime Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Rated AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, The Highest Possible Peer Rating by Other Attorneys and Judges
- North Carolina Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Former Adjunct Professor of Law, Wake Forest School of Law
- Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association and Iredell County Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- North Carolina State Bar
- Member and for three years, Council Member for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association