Our Practice



Evans & Shelley, PA, began as a solo practice by Paul J. Story in the 1960's, and later became Story & Hunter, PA, after joining Robert C. Hunter.  W. Hill Evans joined the firm in 1980, and the firm became Story, Hunter & Evans, PA, until Paul Story's retirement and the evolution to Hunter & Evans, PA.  After Robert C. Hunter was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt to serve as a Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 1998, W. Hill Evans operated a solo practice as W. Hill Evans, PA.  Wesley and Ellen Shelley took over the firm in 2014, and practiced together until Ellen Shelley's appointment by Governor Roy Cooper to serve as a Judge on the District Court for Judicial District 29A (McDowell and Rutherford County) in 2019.  Wesley Shelley and W. Hill Evans continue to operate the firm today. 

Our Approach

At Evans & Shelley, PA, we focus on balanced and rational decision-making and creating a plan that results in the greatest opportunity for success. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you achieve those goals, all with the utmost client confidentiality and discretion. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand your legal rights and remedies and that your needs are met.

Legacy of Success

 Evans & Shelley, PA is the longest currently operating law firm in McDowell County, and has represented well in excess of ten thousand clients over the years.  Through changing times and multiple locations in historic downtown Marion, Evans & Shelley, PA continues providing premier satisfaction and results to its clients. 


W. Hill Evans

Hill Evans was born and raised in Marion, is a product of McDowell High School, and graduated from Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law.  He began his career in private practice in 1980, and has continued with the same firm his entire career as one of Western North Carolina's most respected attorneys.  

Wesley R. Shelley

Wesley Shelley grew up in Raleigh, where he attended Broughton High School, and later graduated from the University of South Carolina and the University of Mississippi School of Law.  After law school, he briefly served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Hunter at the North Carolina Court of Appears, before taking over Evans & Shelley, PA in 2014.