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I have been a lawyer for seventeen years and spent my entire legal career practicing in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Although I live in Wilmington, I often handle cases in Brunswick, Onslow, Craven, Columbus, Pender, Wake, Mecklenburg and other counties.

I have represented people and companies in all sorts of situations.  I have prepared agreements for couples prior to their getting married and starting a family, or when they were starting businesses and growing their finances.  I have also litigated when buisnesses faltered, or contract disputes developed.  I have fought for homeowners when the bank came to take their house away.  I am honored that so many have trusted me with the highlights and lowlights of their lives.  

Prior to going to law school, I worked for a multi-national corporation in strategic planning.  This corporate career path afforded me plenty of opportunities to examine legal issues from a business perspective.  This experience taught me to keep my eye on the big picture while handling a client's case.  

My skills include:

  • Negotiation.  My business experience taught me how to negotiate effectively. This skill has been very useful as a lawyer in that the resolution to most problems requires negotiation of benefits and burdens.  

  • Litigating. I am not one to throw my hands up and walk away when the going gets tough.  I have fought many battles on behalf of my clients and will take your matter to trial if it is in your best interest.  

  • Communication.  As your lawyer, I try to present your story as I know you would if you had my legal training and experience.  I am also aware that not everyone speaks legalese and I will effectively relate and explain the complex theories and terminology so my client doesn't get lost in the jargon. 

  • Teamwork.  I have found that there is a way to achieve almost every business goal.  Sometimes the solution requires a multidisciplinary approach and I enjoy working with other professionals to achieve my client's objective.

  • Strategy and Creative Thinking.  Sometimes the answer lies outside the standard box.  I always look at a problem from all angles to identify the most efficient and effective end game.

I understand that hiring a lawyer is an important, and sometimes crucial and expensive decision. If you retain me and I agree to work with you, I will give you and your matter the attention and respect you deserve.



Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 30%
    18 years, 125 cases
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
    16 years, 300 cases
  3. Contracts: 20%
    18 years, 100 cases
  4. Foreclosure: 20%
    11 years, 100 cases
  5. Litigation: 10%
    16 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

P.O. Box 374
Wrightsville Beach, NC, 28480-0374


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Kelly M Toms2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina State BarN/A1998 - Present
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (Coastal Women Attorneys Chapter)Vice President2013 - 2014
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1998 - 2014
American Bar AssociationN/A1998 - 2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawFinancial Transactions and SecuritiesJD - Juris Doctor1997