Attorneys | Krispen Culbertson 2018-02-18T00:48:28+00:00




Mr. Culbertson has 26 years of legal experience and is a widely recognized Federal and State court litigator. He has achieved not guilty verdicts in three first degree murder jury trials, a rare and difficult accomplishment for a lawyer.

Examples Of Krispen Culbertson In The News:
Jury Acquits Man in Murder
Two Houlton Teens Appear in Court on Murder Charges

Example Federal Appeal Case:
SEC v. Elfindepan

In addition, he has won several trials in Federal Court in North Carolina. He is one of the elite percentage of attorneys that has a case reported in Federal Law Reports — the large law books that contain the controlling federal case law of the United States, and one of his federal trials is mentioned in two separately published books. Mr. Culbertson practices appellate law on both State and Federal levels, and is a member of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, where he has appeared in person in oral arguments four times.

He was educated in law at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and at Oxford University in England. Krispen Culbertson has handled over 3,000 cases in the Federal and State courts of North Carolina, and has recently reoriented his practice to bring his trial experience to the area of Family Law — with a special emphasis on custody, in which his trial skills invariably prove useful.


Associate Attorney

William May is a trial attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience in both civil and criminal law. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Wake Forest University School of Law. He concentrates in civil litigation.

H. A. Patel

Associate Attorney

H. A. Patel, Attorney at Law, joined our firm in late 2017.  He is a graduate of University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and the Campbell University School of Law.  His holds a Juris Doctorate and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  While in law school, he was a finalist in the National Trial Competition (Spring 2015), and was awarded the Order of Old Kivett, an advocacy Award.  He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.  His areas of practice with the Culbertson firm are family law litigation and corporate law.

In his career, Mr. Culbertson (with Mr. May’s help) has accomplished the following:

  • Three favorable jury verdicts in Murder cases in State Court (generally viewed among lawyers as the most difficult kind of case to win in law)
  • Numerous favorable jury verdicts in civil cases in State Court
  • Favorable jury verdict in Federal Court (Federal Court is generally regarded as much more difficult to win a jury verdict than State Court)
  • Four appearances before the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, with one case reported now as established caselaw in Federal Reports 3d. (One step below the Supreme Court of the United States.)
  • Favorable decisions obtained before the Appellate Courts of the State of North Carolina (the N.C. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina)

    Example State Appellate Case In The News:
    Commissioner, Business Face 3 Lawsuits

    Example State Appeal Case:
    State vs. Palmer

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    There are very few lawyers who have accomplished these things in a single career. It is a fact that the percentage of lawyers who have accomplished even two of these things together is extremely low, let alone all five. Mr. Culbertson does not believe there is any point to practicing law in State and Federal Court if a lawyer is not willing to take the “hits”, and to refuse to compromise a client’s best interests and needs.

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    “I was in trouble with no hope. Went to the office of Culbertson & Associates, hired Kris and put my worries in his hands. He was capable and determined, thus getting my case reduced to minor charges.
    Many thanks to him and his team.”
    Barbara Donato | posted Google 11/16/16
    “HELPED MY Family — We hired K. E. Culbertson to help with our child custody case…a very scary and stressful situation for me to say the least! Mr. Culbertson was so understanding and assured me that we could get the results we wanted, which proved to be true. I am thankful to him for helping our family.”
    Lisa | posted Avvo 12/13/16
    “I hired K.E. Culbertson at the recommendation of a colleague for help with some corporate law matters. Serious Law took charge of my issues and handled my case with experience and knowledge. This firm is now my only go-to for corporate law.”
    Larry C. | posted Yellow Pages 12/6/16


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