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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.

Lauren Palgia, Esq.

Associate Attorney at Law

 

Lauren Paglia was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. She started working her first job at a BBQ restaurant at age 15 so she could pay for her own guitar lessons after school. She plays five instruments and was always involved in marching band and musical theater.

 

After high school, Lauren attended UNC Charlotte where she double-majored in History and English. Her focus was on WWII and Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. She spent a semester abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England where she was bitten by the wanderlust bug and has since visited Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Belgium, and France. She was awarded Dean’s List honors several times and won a Public Anthropology essay contest in 2010.  She graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2013.

 

While attending law school, Lauren continued serving the arts by working at a local venue at night.  She spent the summer of 2014 interning in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse with an outreach program for high school students called Court Camp.  For Court Camp, she collaborated with local District Attorneys, Public Defenders, judges, and magistrates in weekly tutorial presentations. The following semester, she interned at the Law Firm of Melinda Morris-Zanoni, where she worked with IP contracts, real estate deals, trademark issues, and employment law issues.  Over the summer of 2015, she took specialized classes at the University of London in international IP licensing and copyright law.  In her final semester, she worked with several clients from the local tax clinic.  After graduating early from the Charlotte School of Law in 2015 with pro bono honors, she passed the bar in 2016 and is licensed to practice in NC.  Her areas of practice include entertainment, traffic, family, wills, trusts, and estate planning, as well as Social Security Disability and bankruptcy.

 

In her free time, Lauren likes to take in concerts, comedy, and theater.

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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

Maria Minis

Associate Attorney at Law

 

Maria Minis was born and raised in Dare County, North Carolina.  Homeschooled from the sixth grade on, Maria had the opportunity to volunteer with an English as a Second Language program offered through College of the Albemarle.  This opportunity allowed her to meet the local immigrant community in Dare County, and spurred her interest in Immigration Law and immigrants’ rights.

 

She graduated from College of the Albemarle in 2009 with her Associates Degree, and then went on to study and ultimately graduate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her Bachelor’s in English Literature.  Fueled by her desire to learn more about Immigration Law and how to promote immigrants’ rights, she enrolled in Charlotte School of Law in 2011.

 

Maria spent her entire third year of law school working in the school’s immigration clinic, representing indigent immigrant clients in removal proceedings before the Charlotte Immigration Court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  She then graduated from Charlotte School of Law in 2014.

 

In 2016, she worked at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, located in Charlotte, NC, representing children in removal proceedings before the Charlotte Immigration Court as an Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Attorney-Fellow.  Maria’s practice areas in immigration law include Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U Visas, Family-based petitions, and some removal defense.

 

Memberships:

North Carolina State Bar: Licensed since 2015

American Immigration Lawyers Association: Member since 2017