Stephanie received her undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2010. Prior to joining HLB, Stephanie worked as a trial attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina and represented indigent clients in District and Superior Court on a wide range of civil cases including landlord-tenant, contract, domestic violence, child custody, estates, employment benefits, and mortgage foreclosure matters. After 4 years of zealous advocacy at Legal Aid, Stephanie accepted a position representing large, multifamily landlords and property management companies across North Carolina. In this role, Stephanie litigated hundreds of landlord-tenant cases in Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, Orange, Wake, and Wilson Counties, and regularly advised corporate clients on conventional housing, subsidized housing, fair housing, and other complex landlord-tenant issues. Stephanie joined HLB in October of 2015, where she now concentrates her practice on landlord-tenant cases, contract disputes, and general civil litigation. Despite her extensive trial experience, Stephanie appreciates the practical importance of amicable resolutions and works to effectively negotiate fair, favorable settlements so that her clients’ costs are minimized, court expenses and public resources are conserved, and unnecessary litigation is avoided where possible.
Having attended law school to become a public servant, Stephanie remains particularly committed to providing diligent, skilled, professional, and zealous legal advocacy for her clients so that justice is administered equally and responsibly. Stephanie received the NCCU School of Law H.M. Michaux Award for Public Service, the N.C. State Bar Pro Bono Service Award, and the Capital City Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award, and in December of 2015, was elected by her peers to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the 10th Judicial District and the Wake County Bar Association from 2016-2018. As an active member of the Professionalism Committee, she also co-chairs the Professionalism Programs Subcommittee and is contributing author of the Professionalism Publications Subcommittee. Stephanie advocates for abused and neglected children as a volunteer through the Guardian ad Litem Program and, during any other free time, enjoys traveling and watching UNC basketball.
“Representing Children: Spotlight on The Child’s Advocate” Wake Bar Flyer (November/December 2015, at 14-15)
Co-Author, “The Intersection of Housing and Domestic Violence: An Overview of Which ‘Court Orders’ Apply When (Part One),” Apartment Times Magazine for the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association (Mar./Apr. 2015, at 9-10)