karen darlington


Attorney Karen Darlington Phelps is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  She received her Bachelors of Arts degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Spanish from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.  To gain fluency in Spanish, she spent a semester abroad during her junior year in Santiago, Chile where she lived with a host family while studying Spanish, Dance, and History at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Professional Associations

Currently, Attorney Darlington is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Mecklenburg County Bar (where she serves on the Finance Committee), the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Educational Background

After completing her undergraduate studies, Attorney Darlington enrolled in law school at North Carolina Central University School of Law. While a law student, she participated in a number of both in-school and community-based activities and organizations where she held leadership positions as well as positions of membership. These activities were: The North Carolina Central University Civil Law Clinic; The North Carolina Central University Law Review, serving as a student editor until her third year, at which point she became the law review’s Managing Editor; Innocence Project, serving as its Treasurer; Student Bar Association, serving as its Secretary; Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, serving as the Watkins Chapter Secretary; the Black Law Students Association as well as the Hispanic Law Students Association.

After her first year of law school, she served as a Legislative Research Intern at the North Carolina General Assembly under the supervision of Senator Malcolm Graham of the 40th District (Charlotte, NC) as a part of the State Government Internship Program (initiated by Gov. Michael Easley) in conjunction with the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office.

During the summer after her second year of law school, Attorney Darlington served as a judicial intern with the North Carolina Court of Appeals under the guidance of the Honorable Wanda G. Bryant and as a second year law student, she served as a student extern at Prall and Cole, PLLC, a boutique law firm in Raleigh, NC that offered legal services in the area of Immigration Law.

Upon moving to Charlotte, Attorney Darlington became an Associate Attorney at a local law firm where she practiced Criminal, Traffic, and Divorce Law.  In January of 2010, Attorney Darlington opened and became a partner in Darlington Davis, PLLC and transitioned into solo practice in December of 2015.