Firm Overview

When facing a legal issue, you need an experienced lawyer you can trust and a legal team focused on providing quality services. Our team will listen to your concerns, work on your behalf to give you an array of options for resolution of your legal issue, and ensure your best interests are protected. At King Law Offices, it is our goal to provide access to anyone who needs a lawyer in North Carolina and South Carolina, so they can receive the attorney services they need.

Our attorneys, legal assistants, and administrative staff are recruited for their skillful and zealous pursuit of helping people through complex and often emotionally-challenging legal situations. You will get a well-organized lawyer from one of our offices in North Carolina and South Carolina. With well defined client service processes, who utilizes excellent defense strategies in the courtroom, and who is capable of envisioning a win-win situation from what can often seem hopeless.

Our team members are trained with innovative business systems that foster commitment to high legal quality as well as respect, confidentiality and compassion for our clients. Our vision, client service systems, and legal strategies are integrated to provide team members with greater flexibility and freedom, resulting in a superior client experience.

We represent clients for legal matters pending in North and South Carolina. We are available to serve you from any one of our numerous office locations with an in-office appointment or by telephone. Most first time consultations with a lawyer in North or South Carolina are free of charge.

We encourage you to ask past clients and local community folks about our reputation providing legal help for clients across North Carolina and South Carolina. Though understanding it is difficult to make every client happy every time, we keep our eyes fixed on that goal at all times. Our clients are key to our success, and we never take that for granted.


Brian King

| Managing Partner

Brian W. King is the senior partner and managing attorney of King Law. He has been practicing law for more than a decade, and is a lifelong resident of Rutherford County, North Carolina. Brian is a member of the North and South Carolina bars, and maintains active cases in both states. Brian is a graduate (more...) Bio
John Crotts

| Partner

Attorney John Crotts is Partner at King Law.  He is licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina. His primary areas of practice are estate planning, estate administration, elder law, business law, and municipal law, with occasional litigation in these areas. In addition to many other individual and corporate clients, he currently represents several municipal and (more...) Bio
Rustin Duncan

| Partner

Rusty Duncan is a partner at King Law.  He is a lifelong native and resident of Greenville, South Carolina.  He works from the firm’s Polk and Greer offices and covers Polk, Henderson, Transylvania, Buncombe and Rutherford counties in North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina.   Rusty currently practices primarily in the areas of family (more...) Bio
Hannah Miller

| Junior Partner

Attorney Hannah Miller is a Junior Partner at King Law.  She works primarily from the Hickory, North Carolina office.  Hannah is a native and resident of Hickory, North Carolina.  Hannah currently practices in the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic, and estate planning. In 2007, Hannah graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University (more...) Bio
Frank McFarland

| Junior Partner

Frank McFarland is an attorney at King Law. Frank is a native resident of Western North Carolina, growing up in Shelby, NC.  Frank is now working primarily from our McDowell County office in Marion. Frank received a Bachelor of Science degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2008 and a Masters in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb in (more...) Bio
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Kelsey Alcide

| Associate

Attorney Kelsey Alcide is an associate attorney with King Law. She works primarily from the Shelby, North Carolina location on W. Marion Street in uptown. Kelsey is a native and resident of Fallston, North Carolina. Ms. Alcide wants to focus her practice to include family law, criminal law, employment law, and estate planning. She is (more...) Bio
Ashley Bagwell

| Associate Attorney

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Estate Planning and Family Law Bio
Patrick Bryan

| Associate

Patrick K. Bryan is an associate attorney at King Law working primarily from the Hendersonville, North Carolina office. Patrick currently practices in the areas of: Family Law Landlord/Tenant Estate Litigation Criminal Law General Civil Litigation. Before joining King Law, Patrick worked as an attorney in Asheville and most recently served as the Director of Development (more...) Bio
Josh Clarkson

| Associate

Originally from Lexington North Carolina, attorney Josh Clarkson works primarily out of the Columbus, North Carolina office. Mr. Clarkson is a 2014 graduate of Georgia Southern University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, Mr. Clarkson decided to return to his home state and pursue a law degree. In 2017 he (more...) Bio
Kaitlyn Haran

| Associate

Kaitlyn Haran is from Boston Massachusetts. Her passion to run track and cross country at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington brought her to North Carolina. She ran on the team for four years and obtained a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in economics. After college Kaitlyn worked in the law firm (more...) Bio
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Jacob Harwood

| Associate

Jacob Harwood is currently an associate attorney at King Law’s Rutherfordton location. Mr. Harwood is a native of Western North Carolina, growing up in Madison County. After graduating from Madison High, he attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, he found a passion for government and politics which led him to (more...) Bio
Ivana Hughes

| Associate Attorney

Ivana Hughes is an associate attorney with King Law. She currently works out the firm’s Rutherfordton location. Ivana received her bachelor of arts degree in Political Science and a minor in English from Gardner-Webb University. While at Gardner-Webb, Ivana was a member of the track and field and cross-country team. After college, Ivana attended law (more...) Bio
John Hutchens

| Associate

John “Johnny” Hutchens was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Charlotte Latin High School where he played football as well as excelled in History and Language Arts Courses. Upon graduation, Johnny attended the University of South Carolina where he received a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science. After College, he was (more...) Bio
Seth Johnson

| Senior Associate

Seth Johnson is an associate attorney with King Law. He currently works in both the Gaffney and Greer offices in South Carolina. Seth was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. Seth received his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Arkansas. He later graduated (more...) Bio
Patrick Keeley

| Associate

Attorney Patrick Keeley is an associate attorney with King Law. He works out of the Hickory, NC location. Patrick received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from The University of North Carolina Wilmington. Patrick later attended the Elon University School of Law where he was a recipient of the Oaks Scholarship. While in law (more...) Bio
Taylor Simmons

| Associate

Attorney Taylor Simmons is an associate attorney with King Law.  He works out of the firm’s Charlotte location.  Taylor received his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and a minor in political science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Taylor graduated cum laude from Campbell University School of Law.  During law school, (more...) Bio
(828) 286-3332
Elizabeth Thueme

| Associate Attorney

Elizabeth Thueme (pronounced Theme) is an associate attorney at King Law. She works primarily from the Marion, North Carolina office. Elizabeth offers estate planning services including wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and other estate documents. Ms. Thueme grew up in a military family and has lived all over the United States and South Korea. After (more...) Bio
Crystal Uhlenhake

| Associate Attorney

Crystal Uhlenhake is an associate attorney with King Law, working primarily in the Hendersonville, North Carolina office. Attorney Uhlenhake offers estate planning services including wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and other estate documents. Originally from Wilmington, NC, Crystal is a graduate of West Henderson High School and has considered Hendersonville, North Carolina her home since (more...) Bio
Cindy Andrews

| Office Administrator

Cindy Andrews is the Operations Manager of King Law. She is located in the Columbus Office is responsible for the daily administrative flow for each office location. Cindy was born in Richmond, Virginia but went to high school in Greenville, South Carolina. She went to the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Cindy has (more...) Bio
Mary Arendt

| Accounting Assistant

Mary Arendt is the Accounting Assistant in our Columbus, NC office and is responsible for assisting the Operations Manager with the daily administrative flow for each office location. Mary came to King Law with over 12 years of experience in the bookkeeping/accounting and administrative field, as well as two years’ experience working for a law (more...) Bio
Travis Bain

| Law Clerk

Travis Bain is a law clerk with King Law. He works primarily in our Greer office, in Greenville, South Carolina. Travis graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2013, with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He attended the University of South Carolina School of Law,  graduating in May of 2017. During his time in (more...) Bio
Sandi Boone

| Relationship Specialist

Sandi Boone joined the King Law team in November 2017 as the firm’s Relationship Specialist serving in the Rutherfordton, North Carolina location. Mrs. Boone is a graduate from Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, Alabama and later attended Faulkner State Community College.  While at Faulkner State, Sandi focused her course of study in paralegal (more...) Bio
Lindsey Bright

| Legal Assistant

Lindsey’s role as Legal Assistant at King Law involves providing support to clients in areas including Civil Litigation, Estate Planning, Criminal and Traffic cases, and Family Law matters. She is the legal assistant to Attorney John B. Crotts. Lindsey received an Associate of Arts Degree from Isothermal Community College in 2006 and a Bachelor of (more...) Bio
Linda Cormier

| Client Services Representative

Linda joined the King Law team in July, 2016 as a Client Service Representative. She works in our Marion, North Carolina office and interacts along side our legal team providing client support as well as other office duties. Linda holds a degree of Arts in Business as well as degree in Human Service Management. She has ten (more...) Bio
Cassie Caldwell

| Legal Assistant

Cassie Caldwell joined King Law in May of 2017 as a legal assistant. She currently works in the Marion, North Carolina location and is the legal assistant to attorney, Frank McFarland. Cassie came to King Law with over 12 years of customer service and administration including prior experience in a well reputable law firm. She (more...) Bio
Andrea Connors

| Client Services Representative

Andrea Connors began working with King Law at its Rutherfordton, North Carolina location in October 2017. As a Client Services Representative, she assists with scheduling, answering phones and providing general client support. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing. Andrea has resided (more...) Bio
Kelly Forward

| Law Practice General Manager

Kelly Forward serves as the Law Practice General Manager for King Law. Kelly, an Asheville, North Carolina native, attended the College of Charleston and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in psychology.  She has a robust background in human resources management.  She works with recruitment, compensation management, diversity initiatives, and business partnership.  As the general (more...) Bio
Tiffany Franklin

| Legal Assistant

In February 2016, Tiffany Franklin joined the King Law team.  Initially, Tiffany served the team as a Client Services Representative.  Tiffany has now advanced to a Legal Assistant position within the firm.  She now works at the Hickory, North Carolina office location. Tiffany assists Attorneys Hannah Miller, Taylor Simmons, Patrick Keeley and Kaitlyn Haran.  Also, (more...) Bio
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Sarah Meekins

| Client Services Representative

Sarah Meekins began working with King Law at its Rutherfordton, North Carolina location in November, 2017. As a Client Service Representative, she assists with scheduling, answering phones and providing general client support for all 12 of our office locations. Sarah attended Appalachian State University, where she studied Sustainable Development with a concentration in Agroecology and (more...) Bio
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Kimberly Mullinax

| Marketing Coordinator & Paralegal

Kimberly Mullinax is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal who began working with King Law in September of 2002. She has over fifteen years experience in the legal field with work in the areas of family law, civil litigation, tax foreclosure, and real estate, among others. Kimberly is a 2004 graduate of the University of North (more...) Bio
(828) 286-3332
Brandi Nanney

| Client Services Representative

Brandi Nanney joined the King Law client service team as a Client Service Representative in January of 2018.  Prior to her full-time position with King Law, Brandi worked in a part-time capacity for the firm.  Brandi comes to King Law with several years of customer service experience and works out of the Rutherford County, North (more...) Bio
Rebecca Sprouse

| Legal Assistant

Rebecca joined the King Law team in June, 2017 as a legal assistant. She currently works in the Gaffney, South Carolina location and is the legal assistant to attorney Seth Johnson. Rebecca’s background is in operations management and administration with ten years of experience. She received an Associate’s Degree from Gwinnett Technical College back in (more...) Bio
Jeanne Unangst

| Legal Assistant

Jeanne Unangst works for King Law as a legal assistant to Brian King, and has more than twenty years of experience. Before moving to North Carolina, she owned and operated her own business and worked for two law offices in her home town of Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania. Outside of the office, Jeanne is actively involved in (more...) Bio
Elise Wall

| Legal Assistant

Elise Wall joined King Law in September, 2017 and currently works in the Brevard Office as a legal assistant. Eliseis originally from Dunwoody, GA. It was tennis that brought her to Western North Carolina, specifically, Brevard College, but the Mountains and small town feel that kept her here. She graduated from Brevard College with a (more...) Bio

Our Mission

Our mission is providing premium legal services, one relationship at a time with a commitment to high legal quality as well as respect, confidentiality and compassion for our clients.

Our Commitment To You

We are committed to building a relationship with you. We’re going to take care of you. We will earn your trust every day, and you can be certain your legal matter will be handled with absolute confidentiality and professionalism. We will tell you the truth, even when the truth is not the popular answer. We will work hard and do all that is in our power to get the best results possible for you.


"You helped me out a lot more than you think . Peace of mind is what you gave to me . That’s priceless."

M.L., Gaston County, North Carolina; Family Law, Responsible Attorney Kelsey Alcide

"Over the last several years I have done business with Attorney John Crotts. I have found him consistently an intelligent, fair, and compassionate person. I look forward to continuing to do business with him."

E.D., Rutherford Co.

"Attorney Patrick Keeley is a true professional. Thorough and steadfast with his handling of my case. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer."

M.C., Catawba Co.

"King Law was fast and very through in my custody case. Special thanks to Cassie for always being quick to respond anytime we had questions. Highly recommended!"

L.B., McDowell Co.

"I am always impressed with Cassie Caldwell. She has helped me with various legal matters and I am always satisfied with my results. The King Law firm team is very resourceful and knowledgeable. They are the best law firm in Marion."

K.V., McDowell Co.

"Frank McFarland, Cassie Caldwell and Linda Cormier have been most kind and professional with my case that is currently going on. I could not be happier with the services I have received to date."

B.G., McDowell Co.

"Excellent firm. I would recommend if you have a criminal case in Gaffney, SC use this law firm. Attorney Seth Johnson & Lindsey Bright did such an amazing job on getting my case dismissed. I’m forever thankful!"

L.P., Cherokee Co., SC

"This is the first time in my life that I needed an Attorney. I called King Law Offices and requested a consultation and was advised that Mrs. Shaffer was available. Being a Senior Citizen, I was concerned with her experience due to her youthful appearance. I was not disappointed with her abilities and due to her diligence, won my case. Don't let her youthful appearance fool you --- she is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. I would call upon her expertise should I ever need legal assistance again in the future."

G.D. Cleveland Co.

"King Law is an excellent office. They picked up my files from my previous attorney’s office, and paralegal Cassie Caldwell made sure all files were complete and closed in a timely manner."

D.M., McDowell Co.

"Thank you! She [Hannah Miller] is really nice and really good at her job and she understands everything I have been though."


"As my case has come to a close, I just wanted to express my gratitude for your continuous hard work and diligence…I appreciate all that you and Tiffany have done to see my case through to completion. Although I hope I will never again need legal services, (at least for personal injury, that is,) I look forward to retaining your firm again in the future if the need arises."

J.C., McDowell Co., NC Personal Injury Case
Attorney Taylor Simmons

“Again, I thank you for all you have done and continuing to do! Thanks for having my back and seeing me through this. You have been a blessing. I searched and searched and ran into every wall possible but the recommendation to use you was the best advice I received. I have known the Lord has a plan for me and so far it's been being laid out perfectly”

Review from Rutherford County Family Law Client
Responsible Attorney - Brittany Waters

"Thanks for being there when I needed you most. I am very impressed with the dedication and true caring coming from your law firm."


"I have been thoroughly pleased with the staff and my primary attorney. They listen to my concerns and questions and answer them with caring, professional knowledge in a friendly manner and seem to actually care about mine and my children’s well being. I just really like them all and would not hesitate to use your services in the future."

R.H. , Bostic, NC

"I will be using this firm again in the future! I was treated with respect throughout my experience with this firm and never felt intimidated or degraded. I can’t say that for the other attorneys that I had consulted with prior to meeting Brian. Professional, yet caring, these folks become your 'family' when you face obstacles."


"I have been very pleased with legal services provided for my business and personal real estate matters! Looking forward to doing more business with King Law. Thank you for all that you do!"


“I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with your legal representation. Cordial, yet professional, a good communicator, diligent and tenacious. All the attributes a client like me hopes for.”

"Frank McFarland is helping with the guardianship issues with my mother. He was very kind and friendly with her and did a great job making her feel at ease…She really took to Frank and it made that part of the day easier than expected."


"A big thank you to Brian King, paralegal Jeanne and the entire staff. We got to see our little girl today for the first time in months and all to the hard work and efforts of your office and staff."

"King Law Offices were very effective and professional. John and Lindsey were very good at getting the matter resolved. You all made a bad situation tolerable and I'll be glad to give you all good references."


“Thanks for all your great work and advice”


“You all have been excellent. I will be returning to you exclusively for my future law firm needs. “


"Brian, thanks for all you do for our community. It matters! Our GEM business class group enjoyed your visit and learned so much."


"Just wanted to say thanks for all you did today for Wayne. We don't know the outcome yet, but there could not have been a harder fight from you, Brian. You have restored my faith in attorneys and I would highly recommend you to anyone in need of assistance from an attorney. Yes, it is a plug, but after today, I will be glad to advertise any day for your service."


"Joshua Clarkson, you, good sir, are great at your job. I sincerely appreciate the explanations and patience that you had with me and I most definitely appreciate the effort that you put in today in having this issue resolved...King Law has secured my business for future legal requirements."


Very professional, courteous and personable staff. Highly organized. I appreciate all their hard work in making make case as smooth as possible.

M.M., Gaffney, SC Office

Becky Simcox
Excellent firm would recommend them if you have a need in or around Gaffney, SC. Seth Johnson & Rebecca Sprouse did an amazing job on my case. Very affordable and they handled everything without me having to travel back from NC. Thanks again for all of your help !!

B.S., Gaffney, SC Office

I recently found myself needing the services of an attorney. I found the King Law Firm and have been extremely pleased with their help. Attorney Seth Johnson and his assistant Rebecca Sprouse have gone above and beyond my expectations. Their willingness to listen to my case even though it is relatively small has surprised me the most. I must say something about Rebecca Sprouse, she realized how important my case is to me and has even stayed on the phone after hours answering my questions. For anyone needing legal services I highly recommend Seth Johnson and Rebecca Sprouse as they have been nothing short of excellent.

Gaffney, SC Client

Since I do not live in NC all contact was done by phone and email, every encounter was professional and well executed. I highly recommend their services.

K.B., Shelby, NC Office

I was amazed how easy it was to get an appointment the same day and It was close to my home. I still have some things to complete for other matters but I will be calling back because I have unresolved matters also that will need the attention of this fine Law Firm.

R.R., Shelby, NC Office

I would highly recommend using their services!

P.C., Hendersonville, NC Office

Brian has been able to put together an amazing team of attorneys and staff. They are very helpful, honest and prompt.

H.P., Rutherfordton, NC Office

Excellent, knowledgeable, hard working law firm! Highly recommend!

L.C., Charlotte, NC Office

Met with the female attorney Katelyn for my consultation and she was so very sensitive, genuine & helpful even before the retainer had been paid. I have never seen such a compassionate person let alone an attorney. Thank you for restoring my hope that so many had taken, in my terrible situation. I can tell just from first impression that this law firm is 5 star and cares about their clients.

J.C., Hickory, NC Office

I have just began with this law firm but they are amazing and makes you feel at ease. Cassie Caldwell is absolutely wonderful and Mr. McFarland is very professional. I am glad I retained them and hope to see some positive results.

J.F., Marion, NC Office