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When you are injured physically or emotionally and need a Civil Litigation Attorney, or your marriage or family is being torn apart and you need a Family Law Lawyer or a team of Family Law Attorneys, you need zealous representation when it counts, and a keen mind and compassion for the rest of your case.  Although not everything means going to court, you may need a good Estate Planning Attorney. When you need your estate plan updated and your family’s legacy protected, you need creative options and someone to make those things happen for you.  So meet the men and women who can do that for you!

Timothy P. Koller, Esq.

Principal Attorney at Law

During his first career in the United States Navy, where he completed his undergraduate degree with the American Military University in 2009, then Petty Officer First Class, Timothy P. Koller decided that his career would take a drastic shift in a direction that no one thought he would ever go.  In 2010 while still on active duty, Timothy began his legal education with AMU in a Master of Arts program for Legal Studies.   In 2011, Timothy left the United States Navy to pursue his Jurisdoctor at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the suggestion of one of his professors.


During Timothy’s legal education he interned with The Rockhill Law Group in southern Maryland, the Virginia Beach Law Group in Virginia Beach, and later with The Gunther Legal Clinic which Timothy would help build into what would later become the Gunther Law Group.  Following graduation and admission to practice law, Timothy opened the Outer Banks practice of Gunther Law Group in Manteo, North Carolina and quickly began to pick up momentum. At the end of 2016, Timothy withdrew from Gunther Law Group to begin East Carolina Law Group of The Law Office of Timothy P. Koller, PLLC and retaining 100% of his personal clientele from his practice with Gunther Law Group.

Timothy has been described as a “tough negotiator”, “aggressive litigator”, and “detail oriented attorney”.  When reached for comment as to his character for admission to practice, one of Timothy’s references best described his conflict style as “having a cinder block thrown through your living room window…” Timothy is a devoted father and husband, who loves the outdoors and being with his family followed closely by helping his clients through what he describes as “some of the toughest times in their lives.”  Timothy also serves as the Guardian Ad Litem, Attorney Advocate for Currituck County, Chowan County, and Gates County.

Timothy’s areas of practice include Civil Litigation and Personal Injury/Wrongful Death, Family Law including Divorce and Child Custody, Military Law, and Appeals.


Timothy’s admissions include The Supreme Court of North Carolina (including all lower courts), The Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.


Timothy’s military career includes the following duty stations and awards:


  • Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, North Chicago, Il. – Recruit Training
  • Naval Training Command Great Lakes, North Chicago, Il. – Damage Control “A” School
  • USS Trenton, LPD-14, Norfolk, Virginia – Sea Duty – Global War on Terror (Expeditionary and Service) Medal(s), Good Conduct Award (1st), National Defense Medal, Battle “E” Unit Citation, Pistol Expert,  Surface Warfare Specialist, Promoted to Damage Controlman 3rd Class and 2nd Class.
  • USS Nitze, DDG-94, Norfolk, Virginia – Precommissioning duty   and Sea Tour – Rifle Expert, Navy Achievement Medal (1st and 2nd Award), Good Conduct Medal (2nd), Promoted to Damage Controlman 1st Class.
  • Special Boat Team Two-Zero, Little Creek, Virginia – Sea duty – Unit Citation, Battle “E”, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist.
  • USS Mahan, DDG-72, Norfolk, Virginia – Sea Duty – VBSS qualified
  • Naval Station Norfolk, Emergency Management/Special Operations Department -Shore Duty – Emergency Operations Center Manager/Emergency Management Assistant.  Collateral Duty as Sexual Assault Prevention and Response POC and program manager for NAVSTA.  Completed Bachelor of Science Degree during tour, Master of Arts Degree, and was accepted to law school.  Was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for efforts in rebuilding the SAPR program at NAVSTA.


In his spare time, what little he has, Timothy is an avid outdoorsman, and loves to spend summer days SCUBA diving off of the Outer Banks and Spearfishing. In the fall and winter, it is not uncommon to find him sitting in a deer stand with his Daughter.

Lee Malco, Esq.

Associate Attorney at Law


Lee Iverson Malco is no stranger to North Eastern North Carolina! In fact his family owns a large strawberry farm in Point Harbor located in Currituck County, North Carolina.  Lee has deep roots in Currituck County and his family has been dedicated to public service for generations.  Lee’s father, Mr. James Malco is a salt-of-the-earth; hard working farmer who has worked the land in Currituck County for decades to earn a living for his family, that best exemplifies our rich agricultural community.  Lee’s mother, Lydia Malco dedicated her life to the education of the children of Camden County serving as a teacher for 34 years before retiring.  Lee’s cousin, David Griggs was not only an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation but served Currituck County as a County Commissioner for four (4) years.

After graduating from High School, Lee enrolled in college and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and was accepted to Campbell University’s Normal A. Wiggins School of Law and graduated in 2007 with his Doctor of Jurisprudence.  Lee was admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of North Carolina in 2008 and began practicing law immediately in Criminal Defense and Traffic Law.


In March of 2017, Lee joined The East Carolina Law Group as a Senior Associate Attorney at Law and has assumed representation for the Criminal and Traffic Division for the Firm.  Lee brings nearly 8 years of experience in Criminal Defense practice and is diverse in his experience having handled civil, family, and administrative matters.  If you have a local matter, hire a local attorney who knows people and has the experience to get the best outcome for you in your matter.


Give Attorney Lee Malco a call for any Criminal, Traffic, or DUI matters you have!


You can reach us at (252)453-2273

Sara Messina, Esq.

Associate Attorney at Law


Sara Messina was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to Joe, a small business owner, and Carol, a licensed practical nurse. At three-months premature, Sara was diagnosed with hydrocephaly and cerebral palsy. This disability became her motivation to advocate for disability awareness and accessibility. She was one of only two visibly disabled students in regular classes. She became a default ‘representative’ used to educate other students on disabilities.


Sara moved to Hertford her sophomore year of high school with her mother and stepfather, retired Vietnam veteran Jim Hodge. Joe and Carol had divorced in 1990, and they shared custody of Sara between New Jersey and North Carolina.   Even divided, Sara maintained and continues to have a strong bond with her family. In high school, she would spend time with her mother during the night shift. She volunteered to pass out water and talk to residents who got anxious without company.


In college, she would major in History and Politics at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina. She earned her bachelors and graduated cum laude in 2009. In 2016, she would earn her law degree from Campbell University in Raleigh, North Carolina. While at Campbell, she participated in the Senior Law Clinic as a student and later as a paid student worker. The clinic specialized in pro bono services for seniors of modest incomes.  Working at the clinic allowed Sara to learn the legal implications of age and disability.


After passing the bar, Sara worked pro bono for Judge Doug McCullough of the Court of Appeals and volunteered for Legal Aid. She also became a board member for Community Workforce Solutions. CWS is a non-profit that helps disabled people get vocational training and employment in Raleigh. In May 2017, Sara opened Sara Messina, Esq. She provided affordable legal services for wills, trusts, civil disputes, and landlord-tenant issues.


In May 2019, she joined with Tim Koller of East Carolina Law Group to open a new branch location in Elizabeth City on North Road Street. She is thrilled at the opportunity to move back home to her original Tar Heel community