Areas of Practice
Sharon Lee Parker is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. in Psychology and Speech Communications, 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 at an attorney in both North Carolina (1987) and Georgia (1987).
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. Having practiced law in Winston-Salem at Petree Stockton and then in Marion for 21 years at Dameron & Burgin, her new firm is Sharon L. Parker, P.A.
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 25 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.
Active in serving her community, Sharon was recognized in November 2010 with the Governors’ Medallion for Volunteer Service in her daughter’s school and with the McDowell Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, which supports McDowell County non-profit and service organizations. She has also been honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for outstanding service to the State of North Carolina.
Sharon currently serves as Chair of the Non-Profit Support Committee of the McDowell Foundation where she works to bring resources to non-profits and service agencies in McDowell County. Sharon has served on the McDowell Foundation Board since 2000 and was Chairperson from 2007 to 2011. Sharon has been involved on the Grants Committee for Women For Women, a women’s giving circle sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.
McDowell County, a tier one county, has recently been invited by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust as one of three pilot counties for Healthy Places, a new placed based community driven long term initiative focused on improving health of the community. Building on her work with the McDowell Foundation’s Non-Profit Support Committee, Sharon is assisting the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Senior Program Officer, Abena Asante, with this exciting new initiative in McDowell County.
In addition, she is a member of the McDowell County Health Coalition, Rotary, the Carson House Society, YMCA, the 2-1-1 Steering Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, the Marion Downtown Business Association and the McDowell Trails Association. She is currently enrolled in LINC [Leadership, Involvement, Networking, Community], a leadership program of the McDowell Chamber of Commerce.
Over the years, she has served as a Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer, on the Board of Directors of the AGAPE House, as Pro Bono Legal Counsel for Hospice of McDowell County, on the Marion Elementary PTO Board, and on the First United Methodist Church Parrish Staff Committee, Nominations Committee and Children’s Council.
Recognized as a leader in her profession, Sharon has served on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina since 1999 and currently serves on the Executive, Governance and Claims Committees of that Board and on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Insurance Agency, Inc. She was elected to the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association [NCBA] and the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and of Catawba Valley Legal Services [before it merged with Legal Aid of North Carolina]. She Co-Chaired the NCBA Commission on the Status of Women in the Legal Profession and also chaired several NCBA Committees.
Sharon has held long-term memberships in the American Bar Association, in the NCBA Sections on Litigation, Health Care Law, Dispute Resolution, Estate Planning and Administration and Corporate Law, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the North Carolina Association of Hospital Attorneys, and the McDowell Bar Association.