I limit my practice of law to the narrow, specialized issues surrounding marriage and families. I have long enjoyed the opportunity to guide people through divorce to new phases of their lives through practical training in creative problem solving and long-term planning developed with each client’s unique goals in mind. Helping clients restructure after separation by creating lasting resolutions for their families has been a high point of my career.

I am a 1984 graduate of Campbell University School of Law, cum laude. I was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society and Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Review. I hold a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which I received in 1981.

From 1984 through 1990, I associated with the firm of Coward, Hicks & Siler, PA, before serving as an assistant district attorney from 1991 through 1994. I returned to Coward, Hicks & Siler, PA, as a shareholder in late 1994. In 2001, I became a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. I am a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated lawyer since 2010. I have been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2014, and was listed to Best Lawyers in America in 2015. The Coward, Hicks & Siler firm is listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers Best Law Firms for the practice of Family Law in Franklin.

I am admitted to practice in all North Carolina State courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Office: Franklin | Phone: 828-524-6475 | Facsimile: 828-524-9833 | Email: mbeck@chspa.com

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EDUCATION

  • Campbell University, Juris Doctor, 1984
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS, Criminal Justice Administration, 1981

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Coward, Hicks & Siler, P.A., Partner, Franklin, North Carolina; 1994 – Present
  • 30th Judicial District, Assistant District Attorney. Franklin, North Carolina; 1991 – 1994
  • Coward, Hicks & Siler, P.A., Associate. Franklin, North Carolina; 1984 – 1990

HONORS AND AWARDS

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Professionalism in Practice: A Local Perspective, 30th Judicial District Bar Professionalism Program in conjunction with the Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism, March 2016

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina State Bar
    • Member, 1984 – Present
  • 30th Judicial District Bar Association
    • Member, 1984 – Present
    • Secretary, 2000 – 2001
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Member, 1984 – Present
    • Council Member, Family Law Section, 2000 – 2003
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, 1984 – Present

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Angel Medical Center
    • Executive Committee, 2003 – 2011
    • Board Member, 2003 – 2011
  • Kids Interdisciplinary Services, Inc. (Kid’s Place)
    • Founding Board Member, 1991 – 1996
    • Chair, 1995-1996
  • Child Protection Team, former member
  • Mountain Youth Resources
    • Member, Board of Directors 1989-1992
    • Vice Chair, 1991-1992

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FRANKLIN

43 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-524-6475
Facsimile: 828-524-9833

SYLVA

705 West Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828-586-2147
Facsimile: 828-586-2605

CASHIERS

211 Cashiers School Road
P.O. Box 1918
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-2401
Facsimile: 828-743-2403

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    P.O. Box 1918
    Cashiers, NC 28717
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    Franklin, NC 28734
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