Rick Elkins

How I Can Help

Family Law
Equitable Distribution
Child Custody and Support
Separation and Divorce
Mediation and Arbitration of Domestic Cases
Civil Litigation


For over 35 years, Rick has represented individuals and families involved in domestic disagreements in North Carolina. He takes pride in helping families by focusing on the individual needs of each of his clients. He appears regularly in the District Court of Mecklenburg County, and in many of the courts in the adjacent counties.

Early in his career, Rick served as a District Court Judge in Mecklenburg County for eight years, from 1984 to 1992, where most of his time was spent in family court. He then re-entered private practice, focusing on family law. He regularly serves as a mediator and as an arbitrator in domestic cases, where his goal is to help families reach a resolution outside of court.

Rick spent most of his childhood in Charlotte, where he has lived since the fifth grade. He attended South Mecklenburg High School and has been a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church since the early 1960s.

Rick and his wife Kathy are the parents of two boys. In his spare time, Rick enjoys golf, attending Panthers and Tarheel games, listening to music, traveling to the beach and mountains, and spending time with his friends.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, 1976
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
    • Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English
    • Morehead Scholar

Professional Recognition

Martindale Hubbell, AV Rated

Associations & Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1976
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1977

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
    • Member and Past Chairman of Judicial Nominating Committee, 1996-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section

Rick's Approach to Litigation...

I am constantly reminding myself that my clients are going through the most difficult times in their lives. I always strive to bring about the best possible result for each client. While court battles are sometimes unavoidable, I am mindful that extended litigation can tear families apart, and take a heavy toll on both parties financially. If that can be avoided, both spouses and their children will benefit in the long run.