Kimberly "Kim" Carpenter, a native of Swain County, NC, has been practicing law in Western North Carolina since being admitted to the bar in 1996. She specializes in personal injury, workers' compensation, real estate, civil litigation, wills and estates, contracts, corporate law and criminal defense. She also serves as the attorney for Swain County, representing the county in a variety of litigation, personnel, and contract matters. In addition, she represents local banks in collection cases.
Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University in 1993. She continued her studies at the North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1996. In 1998, she was honored by the 30th Judicial District's Volunteer Lawyers' Program with an Outstanding Service Award, acknowledging her pro bono casework. Since 1999, she has served on the Board of Directors for both Western North Carolina Legal Services and Swain/Qualla SAFE, a battered women's shelter and is active in numerous civic and community organizations. Kim became a partner in Earwood, Moore, Carpenter & Guy in 2015.