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Blanton Law Firm, P.A.
Attentively Serving Our Rowan County Clients Since 1990 Family-Owned General Practice Firm

Mary Rutherford Blanton

Mary Rutherford Blanton

Managing Partner
Salisbury, North Carolina
Mary Blanton grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She graduated from Wake Forest University and Georgetown Law and has lived and worked in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as a teacher, college professor and legislative assistant/law clerk before moving with her family to Salisbury, NC in 1983. She has practiced law in this community ever since. She and Ted have raised four children, all grown and one married. She has served on a number of civic and church boards and organizations. Mary enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and skiing in her spare time.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law/Divorce
  • Mediation (Private & Court Ordered)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Adoptions
  • Real Estate Closings (Residential)

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization, 2001
  • Certified family Financial mediator
  • Collaborative law attorney

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1982
  • North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1982


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence cum laude - 1981
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1972
    • Honors: Carswell Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political science

Published Works

  • Long Latency Illnesses... ABA Forum, Spring, 1981


  • Lecturer on various family law/mediation topics, Rowan Co. Bar Association, 2010 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Vice Chair, National Assessment Governing Board, 1994 - 1998
  • President, Rowan Co. Bar, 1998 - 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, 1985 - Present
  • Rowan County Bar Association, 1985 - Present
  • North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators, 2001 - Present
  • Rowan County Republican Women, President, 1989
  • National Assessment Governing Board, Member, 1990 - 1998
  • Salisbury, Rowan YMCA Board, 1987 - 1991

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Caseworker, 1977 - 1979
  • Preston - Thorgrimson et al, Law Clerk, 1979 - 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Law Day (Rowan Co), 2010 - 2014
  • Parish Advocate, Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, 2010 - Present

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