Our Attorneys


Phone: (919) 300-1249
Fax: (919) 300-1256
E-mail: mike@smithfieldcriminallawyer.com


Education: N.C. State University (B.S., 1991, Chemical Engineering); University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1994)
Bar Admissions: North Carolina (1994), U.S. District Court (Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina)
Memberships: Johnston County Bar Association (Chair, Indigent Defense Committee, President, 2018), N.C. Bar Association, N.C. Advocates for Justice, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense


Mike Reece is an experienced Smithfield attorney who has dedicated his entire legal career to practicing criminal law in Johnston County, North Carolina. He is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in State Criminal Law.

He represents clients in a wide variety of criminal cases, including:

Mike believes in building strong relationships with clients by keeping them informed about their cases and providing aggressive representation on their behalf.

“A lot of people are not familiar with the legal system at all, so I try to take the time to explain to them what they are facing and discuss their options,” Mike says.

“I believe you have to prepare every case as if it is going to trial. If you are prepared for trial, it helps your clients to get a fair and reasonable plea offer. They then can make an informed decision as to whether trial or a plea best serves their interests.”

In addition to his legal practice, Mike serves as the chair of the Johnston County Bar Association’s Indigent Defense Committee. In that role, he helps to guarantee that anyone charged with a crime in Johnston County, regardless of their economic status, is guaranteed the right to competent assistance of legal counsel.

“I stand up for the accused,” Mike says. “If you have been charged with a crime, I believe strongly that you need somebody to be there for you to protect your rights.”

Mike graduated, cum laude, from N.C. State University in 1991 with a degree in chemical engineering and was President of the Engineers’ Council. He earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1994, where he was a Chancellors Scholar and member of the Holderness Moot Court Team.

Since 1994, he has been admitted to practice law in North Carolina’s state courts. He is also admitted to practice in all federal courts located in North Carolina.

When he isn’t practicing law, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, kayaking and playing basketball.


Phone: (919) 300-1249
Fax: (919) 300-1256
E-mail: maryreece14@gmail.com


Education: Duke University (B.A., 1991, English / Psychology); University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1994)
Bar Admissions: North Carolina (1994)
Memberships: Johnston County Bar Association, N.C. Bar Association, NC Appellate Pro Bono Program


Mary McCullers Reece is an experienced Smithfield attorney who brings to clients almost 25 years of experience in civil and criminal law at both the trial and appellate court levels.

Early in her legal career, Mary worked extensively in family law, representing clients in divorce, juvenile and other domestic cases.

In recent years, she has focused her practice heavily on representing clients in civil and criminal appeals. Representing clients from counties across the state, she has argued in both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. She has appeared as counsel of record in over 200 appeals in the appellate courts of North Carolina.

Her appellate work includes the successful representation of her client before the Supreme Court in the case of Johnson v. Schultz, 364 N.C. 90, 691 S.E.2d 701 (2010), which set an important precedent regarding who bears the risk of loss in a real estate transaction.

“Attorneys tend to focus on their clients' legal matters at the trial level, but an appeal is always a very real possibility,” Mary says. I enjoy preparing for my clients a thoroughly researched, carefully written, and persuasive argument in an appeal.”

In addition to representing clients in the appellate courts, she regularly consults with trial attorneys to review proposed orders and suggest changes that will increase the chances of success on appeal.

Mary graduated, cum laude, from Duke University in 1991 with a degree in English and psychology. She went on to earn her law degree in 1994 from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she served as a Note and Comment Editor of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.

She has practiced law in North Carolina since being admitted to the State Bar in 1994.


  • County of Durham by and through Durham DSS v. Burnette, 821 S.E.2d 840 (N.C. App., 2018)
  • In re Adoption of E.J.B., 812 S.E.2d 911 (N.C. App., 2018)
  • State v. Williams, 804 S.E.2d 570 (N.C. App., 2017)
  • State v. Ervin, 803 S.E.2d 872 (N.C. App., 2017)
  • Tanner v. Tanner, 789 S.E.2d 888 (N.C. App., 2016)
  • In re C.J.H., 240 N.C. App. 489 (N.C. App., 2015)
  • Tyll v. Berry, 234 N.C. App. 96, 758 S.E.2d 411 (N.C. App., 2014)
  • In re M.M., 230 N.C. App. 225 (N.C. App., 2013)
  • In re A.K.D., 227 N.C. App. 58, 745 S.E.2d 7 (N.C. App., 2013)
  • State v. Pell, 211 N.C. App. 376, 712 S.E.2d 189 (N.C. App., 2011)