Julie R. Whatley
Julie R. Whatley


A native of McLeansville, North Carolina, Julie R. Whatley earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Latin from Wake Forest University, a Master of Arts in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Trust and Wealth Management and a Law Degree from Campbell University.

She was admitted to the NC bar in 2009 and to the United States District Court—Middle District, North Carolina. Julie is married to Patrick and has two stepsons, a daughter and a son.

She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Kernersville and is a graduate of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Kernersville Class of 2011. She is a former EMT-D with the Winston-Salem Rescue Squad and the Wake Forest Emergency Response Team. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching, softball, baseball, volleyball, baking, water sports, and dancing (salsa, shag and swing). She is a member of the NC State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Forsyth County Bar Association/21st Judicial District Bar, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and WealthCounsel.

  • Wake Forest University (Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Latin, 2001)
  • University of Massachusetts—Amherst (Master of Arts in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities, 2003)
  • Campbell University, Lundy-Fetterman School of Business (Master of Trust and Wealth Management, 2008)
  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2009)
  • Leadership Kernersville Program

History Day Chair (2011-2017)
Class Member (2011)

  • Kiwanis Club of Kernersville

President (2013-2014)
President-Elect (2012-2013)
Vice President (2011-2012)
Treasurer (2016-2017)

  • Kernersville Woman’s Club

President (2014-2016)
Corresponding Secretary (2012-2014)
Reporting Secretary (2016-2017)

  • Creative Aging Network of NC

Board Member (2012-2015)
Secretary (2012-2015)

  • Next Step Ministries

Board Member (2016-2017)

  • Triad Retirement Living Association (TRLA)

Member (2012-present)

Mary A. Garvey

Associate Attorney

Prior to becoming a resident of North Carolina, Mary A. Garvey was a life-long Chicagoan. Born and raised in Illinois, Mary received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Benedictine University (formerly Illinois Benedictine College) with the intent to become a high school English teacher in the suburbs. She diverted her course of study and subsequently went on to receive her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School (now known as University of Illinois Chicago Law – the only public law school in Chicago). Mary was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2004 on the state and federal level. She then moved to North Carolina and was admitted to practice here in 2010. She is also admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since moving to North Carolina, Mary found her niche in public service working for the State of North Carolina as a Criminal Magistrate, Deputy and Assistant Clerk of Superior Court, and Hearing Officer for the Forsyth County Clerk of Superior Court. She has also been an Adjunct Instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College teaching Criminology, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Justice.

In joining Whatley Law, Mary guides our clients through the court processes involving the loss of a loved one and those involving transitioning a loved one to care facilities and works in the areas of estate administration, incompetency/guardianships, minor guardianships, partitions of real property and judicial sales of property.

She is a member of the Kiwanis Club, the North Carolina Bar, the Illinois bar (inactive) and the Guilford County Bar (Greensboro). Mary enjoys family time with her partner, Ryan, and their son and loves to read.

Tacy F. Burdette

Office Manager

Tacy is an Iowa native, but has lived in Walkertown for over 20 years with her husband, Joseph, and their two children. Using her degrees in both Hotel Restaurant Management and Food Service Organization, she has served as director of membership and director of private events at several city clubs and country clubs all over the country. After moving to North Carolina, Tacy began a 20-year career with Branch Banking and Trust (in its Legal Department). Before joining Whatley Law, Tacy served as the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce’s Associate Director of Member and Business Development. In her free time, she enjoys meeting new people, spending time with her friends and family–Sean (son), Jazmin (daughter-in-law), Zachary (grandson), Allie (daughter), and dogs (Koda and Sadie), worshiping at REVO in Walkertown, participating in rGroup, and giving back to the community. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Kernersville (2023) and is the current President of the Kiwanis Club of Kernersville.
Suzie M. Larimore


Suzie is an Indiana native, but has lived in Walkertown for many years with her husband, Daryl, and their three beautiful children. Suzie is heavily involved with the youth group at REVO church in Walkertown, as well as various other community organizations. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, organizing activities, reading, going to the beach, watching her kids play sports, and crafting. She is the current President of the Walkertown High School PTA.

What Our Clients Say...

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Kernersville, NC 27284
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