Sharon L. Parker, P.A
Attorney and Counselor at Law


26 West Court Street
PO Box 983
Marion, NC 28752

                   AREAS of LEGAL PRACTICE

  • Business/Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning 
    • Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney  and Health Care Planning
  • Estate Administration and Probate 

  • Non-Profit Corporations
  • Health Care Law 
  • Board Governance
  • Strategic Planning and Management

             Sharon Lee Parker  is a graduate of the University of  North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1981) and an Honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  School of Law (J.D. with Honors, 1987). She is licensed as an attorney in both North Carolina  and Georgia.    

             Sharon has been  ‘AV-Preeminent’ rated by Martindale-Hubble since 1998, a  peer review rating that attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary. She started her own firm after having practiced law in in Marion for 21 years at Dameron and Burgin [and successor firms]  and in Winston-Salem at Petree Stockton. Before Law School, she was a Consumer Protection Specialist with the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Attorney General's Office. 

             Sharon works to understand her clients’ interests and needs and strives to find creative and cost effective ways to solve problems and conflicts.  She draws upon more than 27 years of experience with contracts, health policy and planning, medical malpractice defense, criminal and capital litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes to assist her clients.  She is also certified as a Civil Superior Court Mediator.

             She concentrates her practice now in the areas of Business Law, Estate Planning [especially wills, trusts, and health care planning], Estate Administration,  Health Care Law  and  Non-Profit Corporations where she often utilizes her professional and family experiences with health care in health care planning for clients.  Her assistant, Ann Arney, has several decades experience working in banking and with estates.

             In addition to numerous small businesses, health care practices,  and individuals, she represents the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Board of Health, Hospice of McDowell County and McDowell Technical Community College. She has served as legal counsel for  the City of Marion, the McDowell County Board of Education, several hospitals and medical professional liability insurance carriers and thier clients.

             Long active in serving her community, Sharon received the 2012 McDowell County Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award for her work supporting and finding resources for non-profits and service agencies serving McDowell County. In November of 2010, she was recognized  with the Governors’ Medallion for Volunteer Service in her daughter’s school and with the McDowell Endowment.  At UNC-Chapel Hill, she  was recognized for Service to the University  with a Chancellor's Award and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, the university's highest honorary society.  In 1980, She  was also  honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for outstanding service to the State of North Carolina. 

             Sharon works to bring resources to McDowell County and  to improve the health of our community.  Sharon has served as Chairperson of the McDowell Endowment, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, since 2000 and was Chairperson from 2007 to 2011. Sharon helps for purpose[nonprofit] Boards to work effectively.  

              She currently  serves on the Board of Directors of the McDowell County Health Coalition and of the McDowell Trails Association, where she is also Treasurer.  She is a member of  the   Rotary Club of Marion,  the Carson House Society, YMCA, the McDowell Chamber of Commerce,  and the Marion Downtown Business Association.

             Recognized as a leader in her profession, Sharon has served on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina  and of Lawyers Insurance Agency, Inc. She was elected to the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association [NCBA] ,  Co-Chaired  the NCBA Commission on the Status of Women in the Legal Profession and served on several professional Boards, Sections and Committees.

                                                 Helpful Resources and Links

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina                                   The McDowell Foundation

The North Carolina State Bar                                                                       North Carolina Bar Association

Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina                                   Lawyers Insurance Agency

Information and Support for Nonprofits in Western North Carolina

North Carolina Secretary of State's Office Corporations Section

North Carolina Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Section

N.C. Center for Nonprofits                                                                           Business Link North Carolina Government

NC Courts Home Page                                                                                NC Office of Administrative Hearing-Rules

NC Dispute Resolution Commission                                                            North Carolina General Assembly

NC School of Government