T. Michael Lassiter was born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Appalachian State University in 1962. He attended law school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1968. He briefly practiced law with a firm in Charlotte and Boone, North Carolina, before continuing his career in Statesville, North Carolina in 1970. He continued to practice law in Statesville until his retirement in 2008. His son, T. Michael Lassiter, Jr., joined him in 1994 as Lassiter & Lassiter Attorneys At Law.