Our Attorneys

Do you need professional legal representation? Our team can help. Our attorneys passionately represent each and every client and as a full service law firm strive to meet all the legal needs of our clients. We have over 50 years of experience in providing professional legal services to citizens in Eastern North Carolina.
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John Williford 

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John Williford graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 and subsequently served three years active duty in the US Navy. He returned to Chapel Hill for law school as a Morehead Fellow and earned his law degree and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1976. He has practiced law in Rocky Mount, North Carolina since 1976. He is admitted to the NC State Bar, the federal district courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has argued cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. He has been certified as a specialist in bankruptcy law by the NC State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1987. He is a member of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club and is active in community activities.

Mark Edwards

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Mark is a Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar. He practices in the areas of elder law, guardianships, estate planning, and estate administration.
He began his work in the field of elder law at the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Clinic for the Elderly. He is a member of the Elder Law & Special Needs Section of the North Carolina Bar Association where he has served two terms on the Section Council. He serves as a member of the Elder Law Committee of the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) as well as the North Carolina Chapter of NAELA.
Mark received his B.A. degree magna cum laude in 1994 from Wake Forest University and J.D. degree in 1997 from Wake Forest University School of Law.
He joined Fields & Cooper, PLLC, in 1997.
Mark and his wife, Rev. Elizabeth Edwards, reside in Nashville with their two sons. He is an active member of Lakeside Baptist Church. He is a past Board member of The Biblical Recorder, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina (serving as Moderator in 2000-2001), and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (national). He is a current Board member of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC, which advocates for the separation of church and state.
Locally, he is a past Board member of the Nashville Business Council, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tri-County Industries, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties.


Mark Osterhout

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Mark Osterhout is a partner in the firm. He was born in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 1985 with a B.A. in Political Science. Mark received his law degree from Campbell University in 1988. He was a former Assistant District Attorney in Pitt County. Mark is also a licensed real Estate Broker.
Mark is a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mark is a member of the Rocky Mount Board of Adjustment. He has also served as a board member of the Harrison Family YMCA and Tar River Kiwanis.

Practice areas include:
  • Criminal Defense 
  • DWI 
  • Traffic violations 
  • Drug and Alcohol Offenses 
  • Felony Charges 
  • Auto Accidents 
  • Personal Injury 
  • Civil Litigation 
  • Real Property Disputes 
  • Will Contests/Caveat Proceedings

Ryan King

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Ryan grew up in Fuquay Varina before attending the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice and Political Science  in 2016. After college, he went on to attend  the University of Iowa College of Law. During his time in law school, Ryan served with the University of Iowa Legal Clinic with the domestic violence victims and general civil litigation units. Ryan graduated in 2019.
Ryan moved back home to North Carolina and accepted a position at Fields & Cooper, PLLC in September of 2019. Having grown up in North Carolina, he is excited to work in his home state and to live in the Nash County area. When he isn’t working, Ryan enjoys watching sports, going to the movies, and spending time with his family. 

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Rocky Mount Office
422 Sunset Avenue

P.O. Box 4538
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 442-3115

Nashville Office:
213 W. Washington Street
P.O. Box 757
Nashville, NC 27856
(252) 459-2121

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