S. Chuck Kitchen
Licensed to practice in 1980, Chuck Kitchen joined the Durham County Attorney’s Office as an Assistant County Attorney. He had clerked for the Durham County Attorney’s Office for the two summers while in law school. In 1986, he moved to Alamance County to become the County Attorney. He came back to Durham County as County Attorney in 1996 where he remained until his retirement in 2009. Following retirement, he went into private practice with the Stark Law Group in 2010. He subsequently joined the Turrentine Law Firm in 2012.
Chuck currently serves on retainer as the General Counsel for the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority in Jacksonville, NC. He also serves on retainer as Town Attorney for the Town of Holly Ridge, NC. Formerly, Chuck served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for commercial and construction arbitration.
History:Chuck graduated with honors in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a B.A. degree in Humanities with a major in Philosophy. Following graduation, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Juris Doctor in 1980.
Areas of Practice:
- Municipal Law
- Appellate Practice
In addition to practicing in the North Carolina State courts, Chuck practices in all three Federal Districts in North Carolina; as well as, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, and the United States Supreme Court. He also has an administrative practice in the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Chuck has received numerous awards for both his professional achievements and his civic activities. Among the awards are:
- 2004 County Attorney of the Year – North Carolina Association of County Attorneys
- 1999 Health and Safety Services National Award – American Red Cross
- Southeast Region Health and Safety Services Award – American Red Cross
- Ralph W. Ketner Employee Productivity Award – North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
- Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary International
“Craig v. New Hanover County Board of Education – Do Negligent Acts Constitute Constitutional Torts?”, The Constitutionalist, North Carolina Bar Assoc., October 2009; reprinted, Education Law, North Carolina Bar Assoc., November 2009; reprinted, The Public Servant, North Carolina Bar Assoc., January 2010
“Sovereign vs. Governmental Immunity – A Review of Local Government Immunity”, The Public Servant, North Carolina Bar Assoc., May 2010
“The General Statutes of North Carolina do not Apply to the State and its Political Subdivisions – ‘A Known and Firmly Established Maxim’”, The Public Servant, North Carolina Bar Assoc., October 2010
“McDonald v. City of Chicago: Did it Change the Law in North Carolina?”, The Constitutionalist, North Carolina Bar Association, December 2010
“Those Annoying Filing Fees – Do You Really Have to Pay Them?”, The Public Servant, North Carolina Bar Association, December, 2010
“Economic Incentives and the Political Question Doctrine”, The Public Servant, North Carolina Bar Association, March 2011