Deborah Sandlin is the founding principal of Sandlin Family Law. Ms. Sandlin received her B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 1985. She worked as a regional manager with a national inventory company before entering the evening program at North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1994. She continued to work as a regional manager with her employer, commuting three nights per week from Charlotte to Durham and graduated from Central summa cum laude in 1998. Upon graduating from Central, she worked with a large firm in Charlotte in the area of commercial real estate before deciding that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of people by practicing in the areas of family law, adoption and appellate practice when she began working for a small family law firm in February 1999. Debbie has limited her practice to family law, adoption, appellate advocacy, collaborative law, mediation and arbitration since 1999.
Debbie is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist with extensive trial practice in District Court in the areas of child custody and support, equitable distribution, post separation support, alimony and domestic violence. Debbie’s trial practice also extends to the Superior Court level where she has both prosecuted and defended marital torts claims. She also extends her practice to the area of adoption and has assisted many people with recognizing their dream of parenthood through private and step-parent adoptions. Her experience and knowledge in each of these areas of law have carried over to the appellate court level where she has appeared for oral arguments at both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. She also has several published opinions from the appellate courts.
Debbie is a Certified Family Financial Mediator and Certified Parenting Coordinator. She is a member of the Wake County Collaborative Law Group. Ms Sandlin is the past chair of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Family Law Section, current co-chair for Continuing Legal Education for the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Family Law Section, and a former member of the Amicus committee for North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and member of the committee responsible for maintaining the desk reference manual for family law attorneys. Debbie and the firm volunteer their services to Volunteer Lawyer’s Program to assist selected underprivileged citizens in Wake County in the area of domestic disputes when the clients cannot afford legal representation.
Debbie is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars for entities such as the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and Wake Forest University. She has been an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central School of Law since 2002. She is licensed to practice in all North Carolina State Courts and in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
In her private life, Debbie is the mother of two beautiful girls and has a menagerie of animals, including three dogs, two cats, a turtle, several fish, and all of the frogs that live in the yard. She enjoys all manner of sports and is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan.