- Position :Managing Attorney
I experienced my parent’s awful divorce when I was a child, and I saw how it negatively affected both of my parents, my siblings, and I. Because of that experience I wanted to practice family law. The first five years of my practice was almost solely divorce and custody litigation. Again, I saw the legal battle and inner battles that my clients and their families were going through; the most concerning part was how awful these battles were for the kids. This is not a process or experience I would wish on anyone.
When I opened Easterling Law in Charlotte I wanted to focus on a different approach to family law cases for my clients. The law is always a focus in our cases, but the law is the lowest standard of conduct. We can do better for families in creating resolutions that fit their specific needs. It is my hope that processes like Collaborative Law can help family’s transition from the title of Husband and Wife while remaining Mom and Dad forever.
I am also a certified mediator. Sometimes, families just need an intermediary to help them communicate in a healthy and productive way. This is great for families that need to set aside time in their day to finalize a resolution on issues that they may not be able to do on their own.
Although it feels odd to tell you my accomplishments, I’m sure you want to know the reputation we have created in the Charlotte community. I have received many awards and accolades over the years. Some of those include but are not limited to, Top 40 under 40 Lawyers from the National Trial Lawyers, Top 10 Attorney’s and Practices as a Family Law Attorney, and has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Attorney’s for Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. I have also been recognized as one of Expertise’s Best Divorce Lawyers in Charlotte three years in a row, Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite three years in a row, and have received Super Lawyers Rising Star recognition 4 years in a row.
I graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2009, and I have focused on family law since that time. My first job was for a non-profit in Michigan called Legal Services, where I worked until I moved to Charlotte to start my family. My husband and I have one child together and he has one child from his previous marriage. We love adventuring, specifically: mountain and road biking; skiing; hiking; camping; swimming, and traveling to new countries to experience their cultures.