Sharon L. Parker | Chairperson
Sharon L. Parker has a solo practice in Marion, NC focusing on business law and estate planning. Sharon joined the Lawyers Mutual Board in 1999 and served as Chair of the Claims Committee. Prior to 2012, Sharon spent 20 years in medical malpractice defense litigation with Dameron, Burgin & Parker, PA, a four-attorney general practice firm in Marion. Sharon is recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Sharon has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, several NCBA Section Councils, the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and as President of the McDowell County Bar Association. From 1990 to 1995, Sharon served as Co-Chair of the initial NCBA Commission on the Status of Women in the Legal Profession and the subsequent NCBA Committee. In 2015, Sharon received the North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award. Active in her community, Sharon has served as President and on the Board of Director of The McDowell Endowment [an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina], and of Catawba Valley Legal Services [now Legal Aid of the Foothills]. She is the Foundation Director and Scholarship Chairperson for the Rotary Club of Marion and has been honored with the Rotary Service Above Self Award. Sharon also serves on the McDowell Technical College Foundation Board of Directors and The Legal Aid of the Foothills Advisory Board. Sharon’s other honors include the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the McDowell County Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, and the Gwyneth B. Davis Award from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys for outstanding contribution to the promotion of women lawyers and the rights of women under the law. In 2022, she was inducted into the NCBA Legal Practice Hall of Fame which recognizes a lifetime of exemplary service.