Michael Steven “Mike” Adkins
Experience: 33 years.
Michael’s past legal experience includes having served as an assistant prosecutor in Mingo County, WV, and as a member of the firm of Adkins & Adkins. Upon his return to North Carolina, he joined the firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem. He subsequently joined the law firm of former judge David R. Tanis where he did civil litigation, personal injury, traffic and criminal litigation before moving to Salisbury in 1992 to join the firm of Wallace & Whitley. At Wallace & Whitley, his practice concentrated in personal injury and product liability. When that firm split in 1996, he remained as a shareholder in Wallace, Graham & Adkins (which is now known as Wallace & Graham) before leaving to join Cecil L. Whitley in his firm, where he practiced personal injury, civil litigation, traffic and criminal law until opening his own office in 2001. He joined Kluttz, Reamer et al as a partner in 2005 and led that firm’s injury practice until establishing Adkins Carter, LLC, in 2019.
Born: South Williamson, KY
Admitted to bar: West Virginia, 1987; Kentucky, 1988; North Carolina, 1988
Education: Berea College, Berea, KY (B.A., 1984); Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1987)
Member: North Carolina Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers, Rowan County Bar Association, (former president), American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, American Advocates for Justice, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice where I serve on the education, legislative affairs and legal affairs committees and the executive committee for the autotorts section. I have chaired a CLE seminar on winning auto cases. I belong to three different state and two different federal bars, and the ABA and NCBA. I previously worked with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and have served on the board of the Pregnancy Support Center, the Courthouse Security Committee, the East Rowan Boosters Club, and the Gideons.
Practice areas: Auto accidents, personal injury, traffic tickets and motor vehicle law, wrongful death
Personal: My wife, Cindy, and I have two grown children: Nick and Lydia. I want to be the best Christian husband, father, friend, family member, lawyer, businessman, mentor, etc., I can be.
James L. “Jeremy” Carter
Experience: 21 years practicing estate administration and planning, guardianship, real estate and corporate law, real estate (commercial projects/intra-family transfers), domestic law. Previously operated independent law farm and worked for Benjamin Bridges III, before joining Kluttz Reamer as a partner.
Born: Salisbury, NC
Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (B.A.), magna cum laude; University of Kentucky, (J.D.), cum laude
Admitted to bar: 1998, North Carolina
Member: Rowan County Bar, North Carolina Bar, North Carolina Bar Association (Estate Planning, Business Law and Real Estate sections)
Practice areas: Real estate, corporate, business law, small business, insurance, trust and estate planning and administration, civil litigation, contract preparation and review
Personal: I have been married to Jennifer Carter for 25 years and we have two children. I enjoy home improvement projects and have volunteered through the China Grove First Baptist Men on home improvement for the elderly and Habitat for Humanity projects. I teach middle school Sunday School and coach YMCA kids’ soccer. I am President of Bostian Heights Volunteer Fire Department and President of the South Rowan YMCA Board of Managers.
J. Andrew “Andy” Porter
Experience: 44 years
Born: Macon, GA
Admitted to bar: 1975, North Carolina; United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Education: Wake Forest University (B.A., political science, 1969); Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1975)
Member: North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Bar Association; Past President of the Rowan County Bar Association, Board of Directors First Bank, St. Thomas Players, Rowan Regional Hospital Foundation, Good Shepherd’s Clinic
Practice Areas: Estate planning, wills and trusts, corporate matters, and business law
Personal: My wife, Lynn, and I have two adult children, Shelley and Beth. I enjoy playing golf and traveling.
Personal Philosophy: When my children were young and they asked me what I did for a living, I told them “I help people with their problems.” That remains my goal in the practice of law.
Robert F. “Bob” or “Big Mac” McLaughlin
Experience: Solo practice for 34.5 years before joining Kluttz Reamer in October 2013. Total experience: 41.5 years.
Favorite Quote: “Their similarities are different.”—Yogi Berra
Self description: Honest, easy-going, blessed
Greatest life lesson: Every positive thing in life is a by-product of God’s love.
Born: Brooklyn, NY
Education: New York University, Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, 1969; University of Hawaii, MBA, 1974; Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, 1977
Practice Areas: Consumer bankruptcy work
Member: Christian Legal Society; local representative for Voice of the Martyrs, an international and interdenominational ministry to persecuted Christians; former school board member at North Hills Christian School and Salisbury Pregnancy Support Center.
Personal: Married for 46 years; two unmarried adult daughters
Experience: 24 years
Practice areas: Personal injury, family law, traffic
Admitted to bar: South Carolina, 1994; North Carolina, 2008
Favorite quote: “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”— Helen Keller
Greatest life lesson: We are all equal in god’s eyes and the eyes of the law.
Three words that best describe you: Energetic, engaged, compassionate
Daily responsibilities: I work on family law related cases and personal injury cases.
Long-term goals: To continue to serve my clients well.
Education: Wake Forest University (B.A., cum laude); University of South Carolina School of Law, (J.D.)
Member: Rowan County Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association
Born: Charleston, SC
Family life: Happy and busy
Favorite activities: Reading and watching old movies
Personal affiliations: Member of the Salisbury Symphony Board. In the past, I served as one of the founding board members of Food For Thought, a community backpack food distribution program.
Experience: 30 years of progressive experience in general civil practice and as corporate counsel, including estate planning and administration, real estate and general representation of small businesses.
Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”—Phil. 4:13
Self description: Competent, conscientious, caring
Philosophy: Trust the Lord
Born: Charlotte, NC
Education: Wake Forest University, B.A.,1986; Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Involvements/Interests: Work with Wake Forest University School of Law students in field placement program; Group Fitness and Barre certifications; past co-chair, Board of Directors, Community Care Clinic of Rowan County; First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, NC, Sunday School teacher, past elder and various other roles; like to spend time with family and friends, play tennis, read
Personal Statement and Philosophy: “A lawyer, as a member of the legal profession, is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system, and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.”
—From the Preamble to the NC Rules of Professional Conduct
Having an excellent role model in my attorney father not only greatly impacted my choice to become a lawyer and the kind of work I wanted to do, but also influenced the kind of lawyer I wanted to be. I saw my father taking on different roles for his clients, firm and community, based on what was needed, often wearing several hats at one time — advocate, counselor, business person, and leader. I could not have asked for a better example of professionalism.
A person comes to see an attorney for many reasons, but usually due to a situation that causes stress — whether it be a lawsuit or buying a first home, and everything in between. It is a trust relationship that is being established, and an attorney must always act with integrity and respect, as well as good judgment and legal expertise, to engender and maintain that trust.
My father also always made time for his family, as well as time for himself. He knew the importance of “work-life balance” (at a time when those words weren’t even being used) in order to serve his clients to the best of his ability. He also took time to use his skills in bettering his community, through active involvement at church and with many civic organizations, as well as serving in many leadership roles both in his local bar and the state bar.
Throughout my career, I strive to be a person of good character and the highest professionalism, who represents and treats my clients well, with knowledge and skill, gives back to my community through church, school and other community activities, and prioritizes my faith and family, also recognizing the importance of and taking time for self-care.