Prior to practicing family law, Deborah worked for many years in the financial industry. While she enjoyed her employment, she did not feel as though she was making an impact on client’s lives that would stay with them forever. She wanted to work to make lives better and to empower people to make important decisions for themselves and for their families.
Deborah was determined to learn everything she could to not only be a good attorney but to learn to really listen to clients and to understand their needs and concerns. Upon graduation, Deborah began her new career with Legal Aid of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. In February 2005, Deborah embarked on the exclusive practice of family law and absolutely loves every aspect of this area of law. It is rewarding to her because not only does she get the privilege of assisting clients in resolving matters of such importance, she also works hard to educate and empower clients to make decisions. For some, it may be the first time they understood they had the power to make real change that is impactful for both themselves and their family.
Through Deborah’s life experiences, she understands the challenges people face, and she understands how one decision can impact the rest of your life. Life-changing events such as separation, divorce, or child custody are difficult. Deborah’s knowledge of the law and life experience will assist you through the process so that you can begin regaining control of your life again.
Deborah completed her undergraduate degree in Business at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eighteen years later, she received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Deborah is a certified Family Financial Mediator registered with the NC Dispute Resolution Commission and is a certified Collaborative Law Attorney. Deborah works to maintain competence in her field, and considers herself a solutions-oriented attorney, working hard to resolve cases whether collaboratively, through mediation, or in litigation.
Syracuse University College of Law – Syracuse, New York
Queens University – Charlotte, North Carolina
North Carolina, 2003
Business NC Legal Elite – Family Law – 2013, 2018, 2019
Business Leaders of Charlotte Newcomer of the Year – 2009-2010
North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society Member – 2017, 2018
Professional Associations and Memberships
Mecklenburg Bar Foundation – since 2014
Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Co-Chair of Development Committee – 2018 Council for Children’s Rights, Board Member – since 2018
Council for Children’s Rights, Volunteer Attorney – since 2010
North Carolina Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Council Member and Co-chair of Collaborative Practice committee – since 2018
North Carolina Bar Association Member – since 2003
Mecklenburg County Bar, Member of Grievance Committee – since 2018
Mecklenburg County Bar – since 2005
North Carolina Collaborative Attorney Network, Founding Member – since 2017
Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals – since 2010