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Kathryn DeAngelo

Senior Counsel

Kathryn Cook DeAngelo joined Collins Family & Elder Law Group in August 2021 as Senior Counsel to the Collins Elder Law practice division.  She primarily serves in an advisory and consulting role to our associate elder law attorneys who work directly with and represent clients. Kathryn graduated from Marshall University, Huntington, WV, in 1968 with a B.A. in Business Education.  She also has an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  Prior to attending law school, Kathryn was a public school teacher and taught business/secretarial studies for twelve (12) years at DuVal High School in Prince George’s County, MD.   In 1984 Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University Law School (NCCU Law}, Durham, NC. 

After graduation from NCCU Law, she had the distinct honor to be selected by the distinguished Henry E. Frye, former Justice and Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, to serve as his Law Clerk 1984-1985.  At the conclusion of her clerkship, she moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, and became an associate attorney with the law firm Nettles, Floyd, Turbeville and Reddick, later becoming a partner in the firm Floyd, Prevatte and DeAngelo.  In 1990 she established her own solo law firm in Surfside Beach, SC.

Experience & Background

Since 1991 Kathryn has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys [NAELA].  In April 1995, she was the first attorney in South Carolina to become certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation [NELF] after successfully passing the first examination administered in November 1994 and completing ABA-approved requirements for the specialty certification. In November 2009, Kathryn was among twelve (12) North Carolina attorneys to become the first to be certified by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in elder law by NELF.

After 34 years of law practice in Surfside/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kathryn closed her law offices in 2019, to move to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she would be closer to her son, other family members, and friends.  Since her move to Charlotte, Kathryn has stayed connected with her legal community and colleagues in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

Some of Kathryn’s past memberships, notables, and affiliations include:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit, Washington, DC
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Floyd, Prevatte & DeAngelo Law Firm, Surfside Beach, SC (Partner)
  • NAELA Council of Advanced Practitioners [CAP] (2008 – 2017) 
  • SC Lawyers Weekly – South Carolina Leadership in Law Award
  • South Carolina Bar Board of Governors for the Third Judicial Region (2011-2014)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation (2011-2014)
  • South Carolina Bar Representative House of Delegates for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Horry County, SC (July 2006 – July 2010 and July 2011-July 2014)
  • South Carolina Chapter NAELA, Board of Directors (2011-2013), past President (2001-2003), Chairperson of the Public Policy Committee (2011-2012), Legislative Committee, and CLE presenter
  • National College of Probate Judges (2006-2017)
  • South Carolina Bar Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section, Member (1999-2002), Secretary (2002-2003), Vice-Chairperson (2003-04), Chairperson-Elect (2004-2005), Chairperson (2005-2006), Immediate Past-Chairperson (2006-2007), Section Delegate (2007-2008), and Ex Officio (2008-2010)
  • South Carolina Bar Elder Law Committee, a founding member, current member, Chairperson (2008-2010), Chairperson, Legislative Subcommittee (2010-2011) and served as Chair of the subcommittee for Fabian bills (2016-2017), and CLE presenter
  • North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section (2010-2013; 2020-current)
  • North Carolina Chapter NAELA, current member and Board of Directors (2011-2016)
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law Board of Visitors (2006-2010); 
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers 2011-2016 and 2023
  • Horry County, SC, Probate Court Advisory Committee (2002-2015)
  • Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC – Legacy Advisory Council (2011-2015)
  • Best of the Beach Elder LawMyrtle Beach Herald several years, including 2018
  • AVVO rating 10
  • Guest Lecturer, Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Myrtle Beach City Council, Senior Advisory Board
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical Institute, Senior Summit Board 
  • Frequent presenter and lecturer on elder law issues at countless Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses sponsored or hosted by sponsors, such as the South Carolina Bar, North Carolina Bar, NAELA, SC and NC NAELA Chapters, Mecklenburg County Bar, NBI, and various state, local, and community groups 

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Some of Kathryn’s current memberships and affiliations include:

  • North Carolina Bar 
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar – CLE Committee
  • Mecklenburg County Bar – Linking Lawyers Committee
  • Mecklenburg County Bar – Lawyers Mentoring Committee
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Bar CLE Committee
  • SC Bar – Professional Responsibility Committee
  • SC Bar – Professional Liability Committee
  • SC Bar – Elder Law Committee
  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court 
  • NAELA 
  • NC Chapter of NAELA 
  • SC Chapter of NAELA  
  • AV® Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell 
  • North Carolina Bar, Board of Legal Specialization – Elder Law (Initial Term 2018-2020; Second Term 2021-2023) 
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), Certified by NELF
  • Corporate Compliance Certificate, 2016 Charlotte School of Law

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