Tamara Barringer

Tamara Barringer

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

Tamara Patterson Barringer is the 101st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Justice Barringer teaches Law and Ethics to Master of Accounting and Undergraduate Business students at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she has served on the faculty for 15 years. Tamara also serves as the Director and Lead Faculty for the Master of Accounting Mentorship Program, a diversity, equity, and inclusion program, which she founded over a decade ago to introduce careers in accounting and business to first generation and under-represented minority undergraduate students.

Justice Barringer has also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at North Carolina State University and later designed and taught the first business law paralegal program curriculum at Meredith College.

Justice Barringer began her legal career in private practice in 1985 with Poyner and Spruill, being mentored closely by attorneys Nat Townsend, Curtis Twiddy, and Maria Lynch. She then founded the Barringer Sasser, LLP law firm in Cary in 1988 with her husband, Brent. As Managing Partner, she gained over 20 years’ experience representing entrepreneurs and small business clients in business and tax law, estate planning, and estate administration matters.

Justice Barringer served as a North Carolina Senator, representing District 17 in Southern Wake County from 2012 to 2018. She served as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee for General Government and Information Technology Appropriations.

Justice Barringer’s lifelong mission for healthy children and families in North Carolina began when she and her husband, Brent, served as therapeutic foster parents for the Methodist Home for Children for over 10 years. Through her work in the General Assembly as Chair of the Permanency Innovation Initiative, partnering with the Dave Thomas Foundation and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program, 300 older North Carolina children, who had very little chance of being adopted, now have permanent, loving, and stable homes.

Justice Barringer’s life journey began on her family’s farm in Patterson Springs, Cleveland County, North Carolina, growing up with three younger sisters outside Shelby. After graduating from Crest High School in 1977, she became the first member of her family to ever graduate from college when she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Highest Honors in 1981 from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Juris Doctor with Honors from the UNC School of Law in 1985, after serving on the North Carolina Law Review and being inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Justice Barringer is married to her college sweetheart, Brent, and have three adopted children, Jessica, John Charles, and Emily, and two rescue dogs, Lilah and Baloo.


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