Judge Thomas D. Schroeder

Senior Lecturing Fellow


  • 210 Science Drive
    Box 90360
    Durham, NC 27708-0360
    Assistant:  Bonnie Millis

Thomas D. Schroeder is a United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.

He attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, graduated from Kansas University in 1981 with a B.S. in Business Administration, and received his law degree in 1984 from Notre Dame Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review. Upon graduation, he served as law clerk for the Honorable George E. MacKinnon, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

He joined the law firm of Womble Carlyle where, as a partner, he handled litigation and trials involving a variety of business and product liability matters. For approximately 15 years, he served as national counsel in litigation pending in state and federal courts throughout the country. His trials include a plaintiff’s verdict exceeding $15 million in a business dispute alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, and the successful defense of a multi-billion dollar cost reimbursement lawsuit involving over 500,000 underlying claimants brought under theories of fraud, federal RICO, failure to warn, and violation of multiple states’ business codes.

Judge Schroeder took his oath as United States District Judge in January 2008 and holds court in Winston-Salem. In 2009, he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He remains an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, where he has served as Vice President and as co-chair of its Bench/Bar Liaison Committee; the Winston-Salem Downtown Rotary Club; the Board of Directors of the Chief Justice Joseph Branch American Inn of Court; and the Board of the Notre Dame Law Association.