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Culbertson & Associates | Attorneys at Law





Mr. Culbertson has 20+ years of legal experience and is a widely recognized Federal and State court litigator. He has achieved not guilty verdicts in three first degree murder jury trials, a rare and difficult accomplishment for a lawyer.

Examples Of Krispen Culbertson In The News:
Jury Acquits Man in Murder
Two Houlton Teens Appear in Court on Murder Charges
Example Federal Appeal Case:
SEC v. Elfindepan

In addition, he has won several trials in Federal Court in North Carolina. He is one of the elite percentage of attorneys that has a case reported in Federal Law Reports — the large law books that contain the controlling federal case law of the United States, and one of his federal trials is mentioned in two separately published books. Mr. Culbertson practices appellate law on both State and Federal levels, and is a member of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, where he has appeared in person in oral arguments four times.

He was educated in law at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and at Oxford University in England. Krispen Culbertson has handled over 3,000 cases in the Federal and State courts of North Carolina. Krispen has recently reoriented his practice to bring his trial experience to the area of International Family Law — with a special emphasis on International Child Custody and International Child Abduction, in which his trial skills invariably prove useful.


Associate Attorney

William May is a trial attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience in both civil and criminal law. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Wake Forest University School of Law. He concentrates in civil litigation.

H. A. Patel

Associate Attorney

H. A. Patel, Attorney at Law, joined our firm in late 2017.  He is a graduate of University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and the Campbell University School of Law.  He holds a Juris Doctorate and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  While in law school, he was a finalist in the National Trial Competition (Spring 2015), and was awarded the Order of Old Kivett, an advocacy Award.  He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.  His areas of practice with the Culbertson firm are family law litigation and corporate law.

In his career, Mr. Culbertson (with Mr. May’s help) has accomplished the following:

  • Three favorable jury verdicts in Murder cases in State Court (generally viewed among lawyers as the most difficult kind of case to win in law)
  • Numerous favorable jury verdicts in civil cases in State Court
  • Favorable jury verdict in Federal Court (Federal Court is generally regarded as much more difficult to win a jury verdict than State Court)
  • Four appearances before the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, with one case reported now as established caselaw in Federal Reports 3d. (One step below the Supreme Court of the United States.)
  • Favorable decisions obtained before the Appellate Courts of the State of North Carolina (the N.C. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina)Example State Appellate Case In The News: Commissioner, Business Face 3 Lawsuits

Example State Appeal Case:
State vs. Palmer

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There are very few lawyers who have accomplished these things in a single career. It is a fact that the percentage of lawyers who have accomplished even two of these things together is extremely low, let alone all five. Mr. Culbertson does not believe there is any point to practicing law in State and Federal Court if a lawyer is not willing to take the “hits”, and to refuse to compromise a client’s best interests and needs.

Read About Us In The News 


Man Charged in Nightclub Shooting

June 27th, 2018|Comments Offon International Child Custody and Parental Abduction

Man Charged in Nightclub Shooting By Rah Bickley Staff Writer Article taken from Greensboro News & Record – August 26, 1996 GREENSBORO- A bail bondsman and part owner of a…

International Child Custody and Parental Abduction

June 27th, 2018|Comments Offon International Child Custody and Parental Abduction

International child custody and parental abduction is an area of law requiring both Federal and State Court experience of a lawyer.  This is a growing legal area due to technological …

Police Charge Former Arc Director

June 27th, 2018|Comments Offon International Child Custody and Parental Abduction

Police Charge Former Arc Director By: Robert Boyer, Staff Writer Article taken from High Point Enterprise -September 19, 2002 A former Arc executive director facing charges of embezzling funds from…

Oakwood Accuses Two Men of Fraud

June 27th, 2018|Comments Offon International Child Custody and Parental Abduction

Oakwood Accuses Two Men of Fraud by Meredith Baker Staff Writer Article taken from Greensboro News & Record – March 15, 2002 Oakwood Homes has filed lawsuits against a former…


There are details on my case that I will not discuss, but I will say that Culbertson & Associates did a great job on my civil matter. The time spent and commitment to my case was unbelievable. Before I had Culbertson to represent me the other lawyers I had didn’t have my best interest and wanted me to sign and agree to things that I didn’t agree with. Culbertson was very understanding and knows the laws very very well. His Associates in the office are very good as well and work just as hard as he does to get the job done. In the end I was very please with the ending of my case and the results of Culbertson. If you have any issue and need a lawyer I’M TELLING YOU TO CONTACT CULBERTSON AND ASSOCIATES!!!! EVEN TERRI IS AWESOME (SECRETARY)

Kevin Jones


I came to Mr.Culbertson in my time of need. He took time to speak with me and moved around his schedule so that he could represent me in court. I was nervous at first but Mr.Culbertson was smooth and calm. He looked like a movie-star compared to the other awkward behaving lawyers in ill-fitting suits. This guy knows the law, has a plan, and has the right attitude. I had to make a quick decision and if you’re in that same situation I can assure you this is your guy. He is a winner.



My son and I have hired Mr. Culbertson for several family law matters, including custody. Not only did he win our case, but he did it with real interest in us as a family. He told us he doesn't believe there's a "scoreboard" in family law as to who is winning. There is only the best interests of the family and the children. Alleluia. Not many lawyers take such a humble approach in looking at the clients' interests first, instead of their own egos. Underneath his polish, Mr. C has humility, and he cares. We really liked him as our lawyer.





Family Law

In conjunction with his vast know-how, our company leverages the robust legal expertise of working in different courts.

Custody Law

A special subset of Family Law cases involves the Custody of children, and how to obtain these rights. It is often referred to as Custody..

Federal Law | Criminal

On the Federal level, the degree of difficulty of the cases handled goes as high as a Federal war crimes case. There is no type of case..

Federal Law | White Collar

We also handle white collar crimes. Criminal punishments have gotten gradually tougher over the past few years, and good legal..

State Law | Criminal

As may be seen by Krispen Culbertson’s biography, this law practice has very extensive experience in the field of criminal law.

Corporate & Business Law

Domestically, Culbertson & Associates has “started up” scores of North Carolina small businesses. Our services include taxation advice..

International Business Law

Internationally, Culbertson & Associates has represented numerous foreign owned business wishing to do business domestically..

International Custody & Abduction Law

Krispen Culbertson is senior partner at Culbertson & Associates. He studied law at both Wake Forest University in the U.S. and at ..

Immigration Law

Culbertson & Associates is in the process of helping many undocumented workers obtain legal status (where appropriate) in the ..

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