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Mr. Williams is the Managing Member of Rice Law, PLLC.  He provides legal services to families in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, post separation support, alimony, equitable distribution, civil litigation and appeals.  He runs the largest family law firm Virtual Web-Based Law Office in North Carolina that also has "bricks and mortar" full-service as well.

He has over five years experience as a trial attorney and appeals attorney.  He has practiced in many counties throughout North Carolina, the US Department of Education's Office of Hearings and Appeals and is also licensed in the District of Columbia.

He also has extensive experience in the administration of federal student financial aid programs and analysis of higher education research topics. He has provided consulting services to more than 50 institutions of higher education including public, private, and community colleges.

He has been a featured speaker and trainer at national and state conferences. The topics of these speaking engagements have included family law issues, child custody, domestic violence, Title IV statutory and regulatory issues, staffing, higher education research, technology issues, and leadership in higher education.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 45%
    11 years, 800 cases
  2. Child Custody: 30%
    11 years, 250 cases
  3. Appeals: 15%
    8 years, 10 cases
  4. Family: 10%



Hourly ($300-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Watching Mark litigate gives one an immediate sense that he is prepared for anything and confident in his strategy. He is incredibly ethical and passionate about this profession. His clients are always in good hands, and I strongly endorse him as an attorney.


    William Green Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Thomas C. Goolsby

    I endorse Mark. He cares about his clients, works hard, is highly skilled and respected by fellow attorneys.


    Thomas Goolsby Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Rice Law, PLLC

108 W Wilmington Street
Burgaw, NC, 28425

Rice Law - 24/7 Web-Based Virtual Law Office
North Carolina, NC

P. O. Box 998
Wilmington, NC, 28402



DCActive 200607/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100 Small BusinessNC Business Leader Magazine2010
NC Certified Parent CoordinatorCenter for Cooperative Parenting2006
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & CollegesWho's Who Legal2005
Book Award: Christian Perspectives on Legal ThoughtCampbell University2004
Exemplary Service AwardCampbell University School of Law2004
Book Award: Education LawCampbell University2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerRice Law, PLLC2005 - Present
Director of Financial Aid & Veterans ServicesUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington1997 - 2002
PresidentCenter for Higher Education Support Services1994 - 2008
ConsultantKPMG Peat Marwick1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
New Hanover County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMilitary & Veterans Affairs Committee Member2013 - 2014
North Carolina Bar AssociationFamily Law Subcommittee of Military & Veterans Affairs Committee2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Harris v. Harris (COA 09-224)Reversed and remanded trial court.
Wright v. Wright (COA 13-392)Settled while on Appeal
Wellons v White v Wellons, 2013 WL 4441654Reversed on Contempt
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Publication nameTitleDate
Rice Law BlogFive Tips for Co-Parenting and Winning Custody of Your Child2012
BlogGun Ownership and Child Custody2012
Rice Law BlogSafeguard Your Life from Cybercrime2012
Rice Law BlogTelling Your Kids "We Are Getting Divorced"2010
Rice Law BlogParental Alienation2010
Campbell Law ObserverPractical Considerations for Changing a Donor's Scholarship Criteria2005
Campbell Law ReviewSkin Formulas Belong in a Bottle: North Carolina's Diversity Scholarships are Unconstitutional Under Grutter and Gratz2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Appalachian State UniversityLeadership & Higher Education, AdministrationEd.S.1994
Appalachian State UniversityLeadership & Higher Education, AdministrationMA - Masters1991
Appalachian State UniversityPhilosophy & ReligionBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing AssetsFailure to Consider Future Income and Expenses2015
Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing AssetsInaccurate Valuation of Assets2015
Continuing Legal EducationAdvanced Family Law2013
Southeastern Area Mental Health ProfessionalsHow to Prepare for Testimony When Summoned: Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals2012
N.C. Association of Private InvestigatorsLawsuits Against Private Investigators2012
SEAHECDivorce for Mental Health Professionals2011
Divorce & Family Law Primer for Mental Health ProfessionalsDivorce & Family Law2010
North Carolina Association of Private InvestigatorsInfidelity, Alienation of Affections and Child Custody2008
Joint Professional Development ConferenceResearch: Staffing Models, Salaries and You2007