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
Practice Areas: Estate planning, wills and trusts, and estate administration
Personal: My wife, Lynn, and I have two adult children, Shelley and Beth. and one grandchild 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 main 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: Brookyln, 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: 27 years of progressive experience in general civil practice and as corporate counsel, including real estate, commercial, and residential closings; estate planning and administration, general representation of small businesses.
Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”—Phil. 4:13
Self description: Loyal, conscientious, competent
Philosophy: Trust the Lord
Born: Charlotte, NC
Education: Wake Forest University B.A., 1986, Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, 1989
Member: Board of Directors Community Care Clinic of Rowan County; current chair of Lewis Preaching Series, Stephen Leader and Stephen Minister, past elder, chair of Christian Education Committee, Sunday School teacher, Building Committee, First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury; co-chair, Salisbury Academy Auction, 2006 and 2007; committee chair, Salisbury High School PTA, 20089-2014; co-vice president, Salisbury High School Athletic Booster Club, 2008-2010, secretary 2012-2013; chair Professional Division, 2007 campaign, Rowan County United Way; Board of Directors Rowan County YMCA, 2009-2011