Kimberly H. Whitley, Managing Partner of the Firm, concentrates her practice in Business and Corporate Law, Estate Planning and Administration, and Elder and Special Needs Law. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. She received her undergraduate degree (B.A., 1990) with Honors and Distinction and a law degree (J.D., 1993) with High Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, Kim was a John M. Morehead Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and a Phi Beta Kappa member. During law school, she was a Staff Member of the North Carolina Law Review from 1991 – 1992 and Notes and Comments Editor from 1992 – 1993. Ms. Whitley was also a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she was a law clerk to The Honorable Judge Clyde H. Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2009, Ms. Whitley was appointed by the Catawba County Commissioners to serve on the Aging Leadership Planning Team which works to enhance Catawba County as a liveable senior-friendly community. Ms. Whitley and her husband, David, live in Hickory with their son, Colson.