Beth King is a lifelong resident of Volusia County and a graduate of Seabreeze High School. She earned a Bachelors of Arts from Florida State University in 1976 and a Master of Liberal Studies from Rollins College in 1997. Mrs. King taught in the Humanities Department at Embry Riddle University before attending Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, she served on the nationally recognized Moot Court and Mock Trial teams. She interned with Community Legal Services of Mid- Florida and the Appellate Division of the Office of the Public Defender. At her 2003 graduation, she received the Phyllis Stansell Award for Professionalism and Ethics.
A member of the Florida Bar since 2004, Mrs. King began her legal career in the Office of the Attorney General. She served as a Staff Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit at both the DeLand and Daytona Beach Courthouses. In 2006, she joined the law firm of Smith, Schoder & Bledsoe, where she specialized in medical malpractice defense, workers compensation, and school board defense. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. Middle District of Florida and in West Virginia. In 2013, she joined the Rice Law Firm. Mrs. King is trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the Central Florida Practice Group.
Mrs. King is a past Director of the Volusia County Bar Association. She is a member of the Flagler County Bar Association, Volusia County Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County. She served as an officer of the Dunn Blount Chapter of the American Inns of Court and is past President of the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers. In 2012, she received the Leaders in the Law award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, a distinction reserved for women lawyers who serve as positive role models in the legal profession and advance the cause of women in the community. She is the 2015 recipient of VFAWL's Distinguished Service Award. Mrs. King has been featured on the Florida Young Lawyers Division website as a part of the Balancing in Heels initiative, which provides insight from experienced women on the subject of professional life. She thoroughly enjoys participating in the Volusia County Bar Association's mentoring program for young lawyers.
Mrs. King volunteers regularly with Florida's Justice Teaching Initiative and serves as Teen Court judge at the Justice Center. In 2011, the Atlantic High School Academy of Law and Government awarded the Golden Gavel Award for service to their program. Mrs. King is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church who sits on the Board of the Presbyterian Counseling Center and has served on the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Central Florida Presbytery. She is Past President of the Board of Directors of Cinematique of Daytona, a non-profit arts group which hosts the annual Daytona Beach Film Festival, a member of the Museum of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Board of Directors for the Peabody Foundation, which sustains the Peabody Auditorium.
Mrs. King lives in Ormond Beach with her husband. They have five grown children and six grandchildren. She is a serious Bikram yoga practitioner and enjoys swimming, gardening, literature, film and entertaining. She maintains close family ties to West Virginia and travels there frequently. She practices with the firm's divorce and family law practice group and also handles a limited number of civil defense cases for select clients. In 2016, Ms. King ranked third in her division in the Southeast Regional USA Yoga Competition and received an invitation to the Nationals in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.