The Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a solo or small firm lawyer who epitomizes the ideals of the profession and of solo and small firm practitioners. The winners are widely accepted by their peers as having significant lifetime distinction.
King, a founding partner of Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer PA, in Durham, N.C., practices in the areas of corporate law, commercial transactions, litigation and commercial real estate. Known as one of the pre-eminent business attorneys in Durham, he was recently inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors in the profession.
A dedicated member of the North Carolina Bar Association, King has served as chair of the NCBA’s General Practice Section, as a member of the Board of Governors and as a liaison to the Legal Assistants Division.
Active in his community, King is a charter member of the Southwest Durham Rotary Club, where he has worked to support its charities. Among other leadership roles, King serves on the Legal Aid Development Committee of the Triangle, the YMCA Durham Advisory Board, the Durham Food Bank Advisory Board and the Durham Technical Community College Foundation Board.
King received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation from law school, he served with the U.S. Naval Security Group and retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a reserve officer.
The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is the only ABA entity exclusively devoted to solo practitioners and small firm lawyers. The division, with over 27,000 members, serves as the voice of the “Main Street lawyer.” Solo and small firm practitioners represent half of the nation’s lawyers, and the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division provides a community for them within the ABA.
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