Kim Coward is a Midwesterner that loves, and has made a home of, the South. She graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988, where she was a member of the law review.
Kim has practiced with Coward, Hicks & Siler, PA in Cashiers North Carolina since 1988 and has focused her practice on Real Property Law—including contracts, easements, property owner associations, entity formation, foreclosures, and real estate development—and Probate Law, wills, end of life planning, and estate settlement. Kim calls herself the quintessential paper pusher and loves the creative aspects of her practice where she is able to implement concepts and ideas for others, completing projects and closings for the enjoyment of her clients. Her husband, Judge Bill Coward, used to call her practice “Happy Law,” because it focuses on meeting needs, not litigating about needs not met.
Being part of the small community of Cashiers and Highlands has provided Kim the opportunity to immerse herself and engage in community services in a more involved way. Kim embraces her communities and participates in a multitude of activities, including having served on the Cashiers Highlands Humane Society Board, the Cashiers Community Foundation, and the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps one of the most fulfilling services for Kim was being one of the founders, and then the Board Chair, for the Summit Charter School, which was one of the first charter schools formed in the state of North Carolina under the enabling legislation passed in 1997. She currently serves on the Highlands Cashiers Hospital Board of Directors.
In addition to community service, Kim holds membership to both the North Carolina Bar Association (member of the Real Property Counsel 2011-2014) and the North Carolina State Bar (member and chair of the Real Property Subcommittee for the Board of Legal Specialization), where she currently serves on the Ethics Committee.
Kim met her husband Judge Bill Coward at law school. Together they have two children: Austin, a Colorado State University student and veteran of the U.S. Navy, and Claire, a Clemson University graduate. In her free time, Kim enjoys scuba diving, golfing, and gardening. Her newest hobby is shooting and she recently became an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, Hand Gun Instructor, and a Refuse to Be a Victim Instructor and hopes to earn additional instructor ratings. Her latest shooting adventure included target practice from the gunner’s seat in a military helicopter.
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law
- Juris Doctor, 1988.
- Member of Law Review
Iowa State University
- Bachelor of Science in Political Science, 1985
- Graduated summa cum laude
- Phi Beta Kapa
HONORS, AWARDS, CERTIFICATIONS
- Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Residential Transactions; certified by North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization. 2006
- Business Person of the Year; awarded by Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. 2001
- Women Leaders in the Law 2015, Legal Leaders™, American Law Media and Fortune Magazine
Coward, Hicks & Siler, PA
- 1988-Present, Partner, Cashiers
North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
- Member, Appointed 2015
North Carolina State Bar, Ethics Committee
- Advisory Member, 2014 – Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Law Section
- Member, 2011 – 2014
North Carolina State Bar, Real Property Subcommittee of Board of Legal Specialization
- Member, 2007 – 2013
- Chair, 2012 – 2013
- Member, North Carolina State Bar, admitted 1988
- Member, North Carolina Bar Association, admitted 1988
- Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors
- Attorney Member, 2000 – Present
Western Carolina University Honor College
- Advisory Board Member, 2015
Highlands Cashiers Hospital
- Board of Directors, 2011 – Present
Cashiers Community Foundation
- Board Member, 2003 – 2006
Summit Charter School
- Founding Board Member, 1996 – 2003
- Board Chair 1999 – 2001
Cashiers Highlands Humane Society
- Member, 1989 – 1994
Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce
- Board Member, 1990 – 1993