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Practice Areas

  • Family Law


  • AV rated attorney through Martindale- Hubbell
  • Client’s Choice award in Family Law from AVVO, 2013
  • Super Lawyer in the Mid-South Region as a Rising Star in the area of Family Law


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 more than thirty years of experience and expertise in the areas of family law, domestic relations and adoptions.

Since 2010, Rachel has continued to receive recognition as a top Birmingham family law attorney, and has been featured in the Birmingham magazine, B- Metro magazine and Bham Biz magazine for these awards. 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). In 2019 and 2020 Rachel was named a Super Lawyer in the Mid-South Region as a Rising Star in the area of Family Law.  Rachel was also appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court as a current member of the Advisory Committee on Child Support Guidelines and Enforcement.

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 in the community, relaxing with her loving family, and attending the many cultural events Birmingham has to offer.


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • J.D. - 2005
  • University of Alabama
    • 2001
    • Honors: Cum Laude

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general practice standards.

Past Positions

  • Shelby County law firm, Partner, 2009

Reviews For Rachel King

Rachel: Thank you for all your hard work with my case. I’m glad to have had such a great attorney on my side.
Rachel: Thank you for the ways you have loved and blessed our family. We are grateful for you. Thank you for helping to make our family “Official.” 🙂
-The K. Family
Rachel, This was a hard, but rewarding process. My life has changed for the better and I love every day that I live. Thank you for your professionalism and honesty. See you soon . . .
Rachel, Thank you again for all the help during this process.
– Derrick
Rachel, Thanks for all of your help and good advice this year! Hopefully, I won’t ever need to do that again. I’ll just refer folks to you! 🙂
Rachel, I want to thank you for all your support. I greatly appreciate every bit of support and your staff is wonderful. I am sure you enjoy working with them.
Dear Rachel, I want to thank you for all of the time and patience you gave in preparing our wills. I’m sorry that we took so long to finally get them signed and notarized. It’s such a relief to have it done–especially the living will. We appreciate your professional services!
Rachel, Thank you for everything you are doing to help our family during this time. It means more to us than you will ever know. May God bless you.
Dear Rachel, I want to thank you for all your hard work and to let you know I think you.