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I graduated from Albany Law School in upstate New York in 2008 with a juris doctorate degree. I earned my B.A. in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2005 and, in 2003, earned an A.A. in Political Science from Cape Fear Community College. Prior to becoming an attorney, I worked as a professional musician, an audio engineer, and in the movie industry as a prop-maker.

While in law school, I interned in the chambers of the Honorable John M. Tyson at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, worked at the Government Law Center in Albany, New York (New York's preeminent legal and policy research center and the oldest government law center in the United States according to their Web site) under the direction of Professor Patricia E. Salkin, Associate Dean and full-time Director of the Government Law Center, and also interned at Rice Law, PLLC.

I was born in a small upstate New York town known as Warrensburg (James Fenimore Cooper wrote The Last of the Mohicans there) in 1975 but I consider myself a North Carolinian and love living and working in North Carolina. I am the oldest of four siblings. My parents—who are still together after over 39 years—and my siblings have all lived in Wilmington since my father moved the family here from Rockford, Illinois, in 1985.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 75%
    8 years
  2. Appeals: 15%
    8 years
  3. Wills: 6%
    8 years
  4. Land Use & Zoning: 2%
    8 years
  5. Debt Collection: 2%
    8 years



Hourly ($175-225/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Richard Kern Law, PC

1631 Castle Hayne Road
Wilmington, NC, 28401


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
State/Local Gov't Law Sec. Prize - Land UseAmerican Bar Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRichard Kern Law, PC2014 - Present
PartnerRice Law, PLLC2009 - 2014
Researcher/WriterGovernment Law Center2007 - 2008
Extern/InternChambers of John M. Tyson, NC COA2006 - 2006
Prop-MakerVarious Production1998 - 2000
Audio EngineerSelf Employed1997 - 2005
Bass PlayerProfessional Musician1993 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Hanover County Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Harris v. HarrisReversed and remanded trial court.
Wellons v White v Wellons, 2013 WL 4441654Reversed on Contempt
Nix v Nix (COA 11-743)Reversed and remanded trial court.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogNew Law Allows Stronger Waiver of Alimony2013
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogFamily Courts in North Carolina2012
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogAlienation of Affection/ Criminal Conversation: The Partnership Angle2012
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogSame-Sex Marriage in North Carolina2011
Rice Law, PLLC, blogCohabitation Rights2011
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogChild Support Based on Income Shares2011
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogThe Adoption Tax Credit and you2010
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogCustody and Religion: To what lengths may a Court in North Carolina consider religion in determining the custody arrangement that is in the child’s best interest2010
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogSpousal spying: Watch out if you are watching your spouse2010
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogSurrogacy Law in North Carolina2010
Rice Law, PLLC, blogDivorce from Bed and Board: Not just a legal separation2010
Rice Law, PLLC, BlogThe intersection of Family Law and Immigration Law: Alien love and marriage2009
New York Zoning Law and Practice Report NewsletterIncentive Zoning Provides Opportunities for Community2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctorate2008
University of North Carolina, WilmingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Cape Fear Community CollegePolitical ScienceA.A.2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SEAHECDomestic Violence2011
Classroom PresentationSocial Work in the North Carolina Justice System2009