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Meet Theresa

Attorney and Founder for Modern Legal

“Why become a family law attorney?” Although rarely verbalized, my facial expression in response clearly states “if you only knew.” A childhood of domestic violence and multiple court appearances before my 18th birthday provided a unique perspective. My past inspired me to change how we as a community address family law matters. It is because I believe our judicial system can do more than further victimize and provide minimal protections to those seeking legal help or protections (regardless if such a case involves domestic violence or not). If your family and the law collide, I want to be there to help. 

 

Over many years of practicing law with a focus on Family Law, I have been able to expand my skills in oration, writing, and legal thinking. More importantly though, I have been able to help hundreds of clients and their families find healthy solutions by utilizing the law. Every family is unique. Many cases may be resolved outside of the courthouse with the use of negotiations, mediation, or collaborative law; however, a number of cases will need the assistance of a Judge via the litigation process. I help my clients utilize each legal tool available to ensure a fitting solution for their specific family’s situation. And if I am able, I hope to go one step further: I want to inspire others as my mother’s attorney inspired me. 


Associations 

American Bar Association, Family Law Section 

North Carolina State Bar

North Carolina Bar Association

Mecklenburg County Bar, Family Law Section

Former Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Family Law Section 

Association of Latino Professionals For America 

Women Lawyers of Charlotte

Playing for Others Board Member


Honors and Awards

American Bar Association - On The Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers - 2020

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Rising Star - 2021

Legal Elite Business North Carolina - 2021

Superlawyers Rising Star - 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - STANDOUT Honoree - 2017

Avvo Client's Choice Award - 2016

National Institute for Trial Advocacy - Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Diploma - 2014

American Bar Foundation Fellow

Modern Legal | Attorney - Family Law

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