Having gone through my own divorce, I approach all of my clients with compassion and true understanding of their needs. I know what it’s like to have a plan for your life and your children’s lives, and have it all change in an instant. I know the worry about how divorce will affect your children. I have felt the anger, hurt, sadness, fear, and sometimes relief that come with divorce. And I understand that even the most amicable divorce is a process that takes time. But I believe I managed to get through the process with grace and dignity, and I strive to help my clients do the same through their process, whether it is through mediation or litigation. I have also been the plaintiff/mother trying to relocate with my children after divorce. I learned so much from that experience as a mother and as an attorney that I use to help my clients in all aspects of their cases. Every family and every situation is different. It is so important to me to find creative solutions for my clients that are tailored to fit their individual situation and allows them to progress to a new life after divorce. It is also important that all individuals, but especially those going through a life change such as divorce, draft or change their Wills and Powers of Attorney. I help my clients determine what is best for them and their family and create Wills and Powers of Attorney that ensure their wishes are carried out.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Alimony
  • Domestic Violence
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Wills, Health Care Directives, Powers of Attorney
  • Appeals

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2001
  • Virginia, 2002
  • North Carolina, 2009
  • California, 2012
  • South Carolina, 2018


  • The S.J. Quinney College of Law at The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • J.D. – 2000
    • Law Journal: Journal of Law and Family Studies, Note and Comment Editor, 1998 – 2000
  • Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
    • B.S. – 1995
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Case Retrospective: Mohr v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Pamela Tompkins, Journal of Law and Family Studies, 1 J.L. Fam Stud 267, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • National Advocates Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Safe Alliance Pro Bono Attorney


  • Alpha Chi Omega

Brione Berneche Pattison




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