Kenneth F. Essex (Retired)

Kenneth F. Essex (Retired)

Business Law,  Estate Planning and Probate,  Mergers and Acquisitions

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Estate Planning and Administration of Estates
Mergers and Acquisitions


Kenneth F. Essex grew up in Winston-Salem and received his undergraduate degree in History from Davidson College.  After Intelligence and Airborne schools, Ken served as an Army Military intelligence Advisor in Vietnam.  Ken returned to North Carolina and earned his law degree from UNC.  He practiced law in Charlotte for more than forty-five years and was active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including service as a member of the Board of Managers of the Dowd YMCA, a member of the Board of Directors of the Mecklenburg County Literacy Council, a member of the Board of Directors of Friendship Trays, a member of the Executive Committee of the Mecklenburg Country Bar, the Chair of the Bar’s Nominating Committee, and the Chair of the Bar’s Legal Services for the Elderly Committee.  Ken served as a member of the Board of Directors of MI-Connection, a publicly owned and operated cable and internet company serving parts of Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties.  He was recognized as one of the North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” and was rated as an “AV Preeminent” attorney by the Martindale Hubbell rating service.

Ken lectured on a number of business, estate planning, and estate tax topics, and his law practice was concentrated in the areas of Formation and Representation of Business Entities, Estate Planning and Probate, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Over the course of many years, sailing and kayaking adventures have taken Ken and his wife, Faye, to the Bahamas, the islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica, the Kingdom of Tonga, the Icy Straits of Alaska, the San Juan Islands, the Virgin Islands, Baja, Belize, Turkey, several parts of Europe, and most recently, to Tanzania.  There will be more travel to come.

Ken and his wife, Faye (a clinical and forensic psychologist) share the pleasure of five children and four grandchildren.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1970 J.D.
  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, 1965 B.A.

Associations & Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1970
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1970
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1970

Professional Associations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law


Why We Founded Essex Richards...

Chan Richards and I started working together in September of 1976, and when, shortly thereafter, Steve Morris became our third partner, we young attorneys were focused on becoming the best possible lawyers we could be. Our areas of concentration were Family Law, the formation and representation of business entities, mergers and acquisitions, and estate and tax planning. Forty years later, those areas still are cornerstones of the practice. But, also, we have attracted excellent lawyers who have greatly enhanced the capacities of the firm. It’s a great bunch of people who are dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients. I am proud to be part of Essex Richards.