I went to law school to study what has become known as Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR. I wanted to learn how great attorneys help people resolve conflict without getting locked into an argument that requires a judge to settle the matter. I was less interested in taking cases to court and more interested in how to help people engage in creative problem solving, even in the midst of powerful emotions and strong disagreements.
I pride myself in being fully present to my clients, listening to them carefully, and understanding what’s truly important to them. In turn, I can help them negotiate a successful separation agreement even during the emotional roller coaster of separation and divorce.
I invite you to contact me by phone at 919-241-7761 or email to set up a time to visit for an initial consultation. At this meeting, I will help you understand your legal options, both out-of-court and what it would look like to go to court. You may come alone or with your spouse. Divorce doesn’t have to be a complicated, drama-filled experience. It would be my honor to help you navigate the process.
Collaborative Law – 2010 to present:
Springfield Collaborative Divorce Law Offices
The Burleigh Law Firm, PLLC
CDFA™ – 2014 to present:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ®
Litigation – 2006 to 2010:
Litigation experience in Family Law
Courts in Orange, Chatham,
Durham and Wake Counties
Internship – 2005
Federal Public Defender
Eastern District of North Carolina
Law School – 2006:
UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
J.D., High Honors
College – 1996:
Univ. of Pennsylvania
BA in Psychology, cum laude
– minor in Spanish
“I really appreciate all your help and support during this very difficult and trying time. It was a pleasure working with you and will definitely recommend your process to others I know getting a divorce. You have been wonderful to work with and very knowledgeable. Thanks for your help!”
“Thanks for the information and your kind words. While I knew this day was coming it is still met with a great deal of trepidation. I have however begun to adjust to my new lifestyle and more importantly so have my children.
I want to thank you for your patience, compassion and letting me speak my mind, you went way beyond your call of duty, and I will always be grateful for that.
If I need legal services in the future, you’ll be my first choice.”
“You made this so easy and were so fair and informative from the beginning. I appreciate it so much!”
“Thank you for all your help and for making it a very smooth process. I highly recommend you!”
“Having heard/ lived through/ supported friends & family through so many horror stories, it meant a lot to me to find someone with the collaborative philosophy, and to work with someone who wasn’t interested in stirring up drama where it wasn’t already showing itself.”
“We can’t thank you enough for your kindness.”