The Lea/Schultz Law Firm


Decades of experience, understanding, and results in family law, civil litigation, and serious injury cases.

40 Years of Experience

Lea/Schultz has 40 years of experience. Several paralegals have more than 20 years experience. We’ve seen just about everything by now.


When you’ve seen it all, there are no surprises. We don’t have to rely on a map. We’re familiar with the terrain. Knowledge counts. We have that in spades.


An AV-Preeminent* rated attorney since 1996, meaning that other attorneys and judges gave James W. Lea the highest rating offered. Other popular legal ranking websites agree.

Skilled Investigators

Ryan’s background in corporate investigations helps him find and track assets, useful in high-asset divorce, business valuations and commercial disputes.

Meet Our Firm's Attorneys

James W. Lea and Ryan Schultz are committed to our clients and to our community. Mr. Lea's 40 years working in Family Law and Civil Litigation matters, and Mr. Schultz's experience in corporate investigations make for a powerful team. With the combined experience, national recognition and reputation, the attorneys at Lea/Schultz will confidently create a successful resolution for your case.

James Lea

James W. Lea

Ryan Schultz

Ryan Schultz

Hayley Frey

Hayley Frey

Mary Charles Amerson

Mary Charles Amerson

Trusted Legal Advice for a Wide Range of Family Law and Civil Matters

The Lea/Schultz Law Firm, P.C., provides sound advice, strong representation and personal attention to our clients for a variety of domestic and family law issues, from complex high-asset divorces to simple transactions. Additionally, our firm represents clients in civil litigation, business disputes and in debtor-creditor cases.

In 2010, our firm was named one of the country’s best law firms by U.S. News & World Report. We have made a name for ourselves by providing novel approaches to complex legal problems. Our attorneys are frequently asked to speak in continuing legal education (CLE) courses in order to educate other lawyers on our areas of practice. For 10 years, Mr. Lea has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and NC Best Lawyers. Mr. Lea is also an AV-Preeminent* rated attorney since 1996, meaning that other attorneys and judges gave James W. Lea the highest rating offered. It places him in the top 2% of attorneys in the country. Other popular legal ranking websites agree. We take pride in the respect we have earned in the legal community as being the lawyers that other lawyers call for advice.

Credibility Matters