Following her lifelong dream to help people work through the complicated and overwhelming process that is the American Court system, Rachel A. King began her career clerking for a prominent Birmingham litigation firm. After working with this firm, Rachel realized her true calling was to help her clients feel at home, even when their home may be falling apart. With a desire to help clients during difficult times, she began to exclusively counsel clients in the midst of family crisis.
Since 2005 Rachel has developed an extensive expertise in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, DHR investigations, adoptions, paternity, child support, alimony, IEP’s and guardianships. After becoming a partner in 2009 at a Shelby County law firm, Rachel continued to follow her passion to help the residents of Alabama with all their family law needs. In 2012, Rachel founded the boutique firm of Vella & King with her partner, Traci Owen Vella.
Together, they offer nearly thirty years of experience and expertise in the areas of family law, domestic relations and adoptions.
In 2015 and 2016 B-Metro Magazine named Rachel one of the top Women Lawyer’s in the Birmingham area. In June, 2016 she was included as a Top Attorney in the Bham Biz as well. Rachel was also named by the Birmingham Magazine as a top family law attorney in the Birmingham area in 2010, 2011, and again in 2013. Rachel is an AV rated attorney through Martindale- Hubbell (the highest rating given by other lawyers based on experience and credentials). Rachel has also received the Client’s Choice award in Family Law from AVVO in 2013 (an award given based upon client recommendations and reviews).
Rachel graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 2001, and received her Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2005. In 2011 she was appointed to the Alabama Custodial Laws Revision Task Force.
When not busy fighting for her clients and advocating for the children of Alabama, Rachel enjoys spending as much time as possible volunteering as a Patient Pal at Children’s Hospital, relaxing with her loving family, and attending the many community events Birmingham has to offer.