AREAS of LEGAL PRACTICE
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.
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