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William (Ford) C. Coley, III



252.633.3507 fax

Teresa Barwick, Paralegal



  • Family/Domestic Law, including divorce, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, spousal support (post separation support and alimony), domestic violence and name changes

  • Incompetency/Guardianship

  • General Civil Litigation (including litigation in District and Superior Courts)

  • Administrative Hearings (including matters before Professional Licensure Boards)



  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., 1974, majoring in psychology

  • East Carolina University, M.B.A., 1977

  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1980



  • North Carolina State Courts

  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals



  • Certified Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission



  • Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Societies (1974 – 1976)

  • Recipient of Bureau of National Affairs Student Advocacy Award (1980)

  • Distinguished Service Award, Campbell Law School Class of 1980

  • National Mock Trial Competition, Birmingham, Alabama, representing the Campbell School of Law (19490

  • Chief Justice of the Campbell University School of Law Honor Court

  • Formerly partner in Wooten and Coley, Kinston, N.C. (1993 – 2016)

  • Lenoir County Bar Association (1980 – present; past president)

  • Eighth Judicial District Bar Association (1980 – present; past president)

  • The North Carolina Bar Association (1980 – present)

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice

  • Eagle Scout Award and Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America

  • Silver Beaver Award, East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America

  • Award of Merit Recipient and Outstanding District Scouter of the Year, East Carolina Council Caswell District, Boy Scouts of America

  • Past Chairman of Membership Committee, Advancement Committee, Friends of Scouting Committee and Finance Committee, East Carolina Council Caswell District, Boy Scouts of America

  • Troop 41 member (Troop Committee Chairman 1996 – 1998), Boy Scouts of America

  • Lenoir County United Way Division Co-Chair (1982 – 1983)

  • Board of Directors of Lenoir County Red Cross (1983 – 1988, Chairman of the Board in 1988)

  • Kinston Evening Rotary Club past member, board member and two term President (1983 – 1984, 1985 – 1986)

  • Board of Directors, Pride of Kinston (1986 – 1992)

  • Board of Directors, Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center, Kinston, NC

  • N. C. 2000 Steering Committee member for Lenoir County

  • Lenoir Community College Small Business Advisory Committee Member (for over 20 years)

  • Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Sub-Committee (1983)

  • Board of Directors and past president, Kinston Arts Council Outstanding Young Men of America (1983)

  • Lenoir County Outstanding Lawyer (2008)

  • Board Member and Chairman of the Frenchman’s Creek Townhomes Association in Kinston

  • Former Elder and Chairman of the Board, Faith Fellowship Church, Kinston

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