Former state representative Pulley dies

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 09:13 PM

William Paul Pulley Jr., a lawyer who represented Durham in the N. C. General Assembly for eight years, died Sunday. He was 77.

He was a founding partner of the Durham law firm now called Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, P.A.

Mr. Pulley served in the legislature from 1979 to 1986 and “was ranked one of the most effective legislators … by the North Carolina Public Policy Research Center,” the law firm said in a news release announcing his death.

“Paul took great pride in his years of Democratic Party loyalty, dividing his time between lobbying and litigation,” the release said. In 2003, he became a lobbyist for the Academy of Trial Lawyers and the North Carolina Community College System.

Paul Pulley, Richard Watson and Malvern King became law partners in 1982.  Mr. Pulley retired as partner of Pulley Watson King & Lischer in the late 1990s because of declining health and moved to Beaufort. 

For more than 30 years, the release said, Mr. Pulley had “the highest rating available in the legal guide of Martindale Hubbell.” 

 “Paul has left a lasting positive influence on the lives of many throughout the Durham community and state of North Carolina,” said firm partner Mal King.