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Mary McCullers Reece

Phone: 919-300-1249
Fax: 919-300-1256

Mary McCullers Reece is an experienced Smithfield attorney who brings to clients more than 27 years of experience in civil and criminal law at both the trial and appellate levels. In recent years, she has focused her practice on representing clients on direct appeal. Representing clients from counties across the state, she has argued in both the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She has handled more than 300 appeals from 73 of North Carolina's 100 counties, including criminal convictions, probation revocations, pleas, sentencing matters, equitable distributions, child custody and support, alimony, contempt, attorney’s fees, terminations of parental rights, and more. 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.

Representative Cases
  • State v. Gibson, 2021-NCCOA-235 (2021)
  • State v. Hendricks, 2021-NCCOA-184 (2021)
  • State v. Shook, 2021-NCCOA-308 (2021)
  • Yigzaw v. Asres, 267 N.C. App. 692 (2019)
  • County of Durham by and through Durham DSS v. Burnette, 372 N.C. 64 (2019)
  • In re Adoption of E.J.B., 259 N.C. App. 453 (2018)
  • State v. Williams, 255 N.C. App. 168 (2017)
  • State v. Ervin, 255 N.C. App. 964 (2017)
  • Tanner v. Tanner, 248 N.C. App. 828 (2016)
  • In re C.J.H., 240 N.C. App. 489 (2015)
  • Tyll v. Berry, 234 N.C. App. 96, 758 S.E.2d 411 (2014)
  • In re M.M., 230 N.C. App. 225 (2013)
  • In re A.K.D., 227 N.C. App. 58 (2013)
  • State v. Pell, 211 N.C. App. 376 (2011)
Professional Memberships and Activities
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Johnston County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Appellate Pro Bono Program
  • Approved to accept appointments for representation by the North Carolina Office of the Appellate Defender and the North Carolina Parent Defender
  • Certified Family Law Mediator
Community Involvement
  • Volunteers with Plant a Row for the Hungry Johnston County
  • Served as board member for SSS Band Boosters
  • Served as Treasurer for Smithfield Middle School Athletic Booster Club
  • Served as PTA President for South Smithfield Elementary
  • Served as PTA treasurer for South Smithfield Elementary
  • Served on Advisory Council for South Smithfield Elementary
  • Member, Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation Board of Directors