Tom Babel
  • The Ohio State University – J.D.
    • Honors Graduate
  • Miami University in Ohio, B.S.
  • Eastern, Middle and Western United States District Courts in North Carolina
  • Northern and Southern United States District Courts in Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Ohio State Bar
  • Best lawyers in America (2013-2018)
  • Super Lawyer Business Litigation (2017-2018)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Legal Lean Yellow Belt Certified
  • Board of Trustees Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (2017-2019)
  • Former Chairman Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Former member Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Leadership Wilmington graduate (class of 2007)
  • Member Cape Fear Community College Foundation Board of Trustees (2015-2017)
  • Member New Hanover County Board of Education Strategic Planning Committee (2014)

Thomas Babel’s practice encompasses a broad range of business law and litigation matters.

As a litigator for more than 20 years, Tom has extensive experience in pretrial, trial, and appellate matters across a variety of industries. Tom routinely helps clients resolve construction disputes, real estate disputes, limited liability company member disputes, shareholder disputes, and officer and director liability disputes. Additionally, Tom litigates trademark, trade secret, products liability, contract matters, and other business torts.

With deep in-house and outside general counsel experience, he also advises clients in drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions, including license, and vendor agreements, purchase order terms, franchise, FCPA, and international supplier agreements.

Tom joins Forrest Firm after serving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at an international tire distribution, retail, and franchise company. Prior to his in-house tenure at, Tom was a longtime shareholder in the Wilmington office of Ward & Smith, P.A., an attorney with Squire Patton Boggs, and Assistant General Counsel at Evenflo Company. Tom graduated with honors from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and received his Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Ohio.

Tom is an active member of the Wilmington business community, having served on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, as Chairman of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation.