At the civil litigation firm of Pinto Coates Kyre & Bowers, PLLC, we have built a practice that sets us apart from other law firms. We are trial lawyers in civil matters, either defending individuals and companies who are threatened with a lawsuit or are already facing one, or representing an individual or company who has a claim they desire to pursue. Additionally, we provide advice and opinions in legal matters that are not in litigation. For example, several of our attorneys have extensive experience and expertise in insurance coverage matters (though some of those matters can result in litigation). Our attorneys handle civil litigation day in and day out, and we have decades of experience collectively, so our diverse and extensive experience provides a distinct advantage to the clients we represent. As can be seen from our practice areas, our attorneys handle diverse claims in state and federal courts. Having worked for clients on both sides of the courtroom, plaintiff and defendant, we have a better understanding of the challenges each case and each side presents.


We have built a strong and favorable reputation for being dedicated, knowledgeable, skilled, experienced, and effective litigators, and that includes not only the conduct of trials, but also the myriad pretrial activities that are inherent in litigation, and also negotiating efforts that come into play when matters are sought to be resolved by settlement. 

We are honored that our law firm is associated with the 2022 edition of New Appleman North Carolina Insurance Litigation, a LexisNexis Practice Guide. Rick Pinto is General Editor, and Ken Kyre and Deb Bowers are Assistant Editors. They, and the other attorneys at PCKB, wrote chapters for the book. (See the News & Notes page for more information.) Having that book being edited and written by PCKB attorneys is a logical extension of what we do, because we have been involved in insurance-related litigation matters for most of our careers.


Half of the attorneys at our firm in the last few years have been recognized by Super Lawyers®: Partners Rick Pinto, Paul Coates, Ken Kyre, and Deb Bowers have been named “Super Lawyers.” This is an award given to only 5% of potential candidates. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Also in the past few years partners Nikki Feliciano, Jon Ward, and Adam White have been named “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers, an award given to less than 3% of potential candidates. We are pleased with these recognitions, and we are proud of the quality work we do for our clients.