Our attorneys are active in professional, civic, cultural, religious and charitable organizations and share a responsibility to serve the community.
We believe that the legal profession is a service-oriented business and pride ourselves on prompt, responsive, professional and efficient representation.
We consistently strive to:
• Provide the best and most cost-effective result for the client.
• Involve the client in the decision-making process at all times.
By meeting these goals, we maintain long-standing legal relations with clients.
Michael Steven “Mike” Adkins
Experience: Assistant prosecutor, Mingo County, WV; Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, Winston-Salem; Wallace & Whitley; Wallace, Graham & Adkins. I have been a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney from traffic tickets to death penalty murder cases, civil trial lawyer doing both plaintiff and defense work, business law, mediator and arbitrator.
Philosophy: “Life can be as simple or as complex as you make it. Just read and follow the manual.”
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 work with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, 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: I want to be the best Christian husband, father, friend, family member, lawyer, businessman, mentor, etc., I can be.
James L. “Jeremy” Carter
Experience: 16 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 and becoming 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: Married to Jennifer Carter for 20 years; 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 vice chairman of the Rowan County Board of Adjustment and Review.
J. Andrew “Andy” Porter
Experience: 40 years
Philosophy: To treat others the way you would like to be treated.
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.
Practice areas: Personal injury, family law, traffic
Admitted to bar: South Carolina, 1994; North Carolina, 2008
Experience: 20 years
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
Philosophy of life: Keep moving forward in a positive and meaningful way.
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.
Robert F. “Bob” or “Big Mac” McLaughlin
Experience: Solo practice for 34.5 years before joining Kluttz Reamer in October 2013
Favorite Quote: “Their similarities are different.”—Yogi Berra
Philosophy: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, learn not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
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