Deborah Sandlin is the founding principal of Sandlin Family Law Group. Debbie received her B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 1985. She graduated from North Carolina Central University Law School, summa cum laude, in 1998. 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, adoptions, 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 has appeared for oral arguments at both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, and she has several published opinions from the appellate courts. Debbie is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, and Tenth Judicial District Bar. She is licensed to practice in all North Carolina State Courts and in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Debbie is also a Certified Family Financial Mediator and Certified Parenting Coordinator. Debbie is the past chair of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Family Law Section, former 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. 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 and was an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central School of Law from 2002-2008.
Debbie has been nominated and included in SuperLawyers and in Best Lawyers in America. Debbie is well respected in the legal community and enjoys helping families in need.
In her private life, Debbie enjoys traveling all over the world, all types of sporting events and spending time with family and friends. Debbie is an animal lover and dedicates time to assisting homeless animals. She has acted as a foster, a transport and attorney for some local rescues.