Alice C. Stubbs

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Alice C. Stubbs is a partner in the firm. She joined Tharrington Smith in 2006 after having served for eight years as a Wake County District Court judge. First appointed in 1997 by Governor Jim Hunt, she was elected to the judgeship in 1998 and 2002. During her time on the bench, Ms. Stubbs presided primarily in domestic court. She was certified as a juvenile judge in 2001 and was designated and presided as a family court judge from 2002 until she came to Tharrington Smith.

Ms. Stubbs is a native of New Bern. She graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1985, from Davidson College in 1989 with a major in economics, attended University College in London, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. She then clerked for Chief Judge James B. Wolfe, Jr., of the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina, followed by a litigation practice with Stubbs and Perdue, P.A.

AAML Fellow

Ms. Stubbs is an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow, is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, a Certified Family Financial Mediator. Long active in bar association activities, Ms. Stubbs has served on the Board of Directors for the Wake County Bar Association. Beginning in 2008, she served for several years as the vice chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Wake County Bar Association. She has continued to serve as the course planner for the annual family law Continuing Legal Education program in Raleigh since 2008. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. She has served on the Litigation Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Board of Directors of Meredith College’s Paralegal School, the Board of Directors of the Carolina Ballet, the Women’s Executive Mentoring Coalition, and the Board of Directors of the Joel Lane Museum House in Raleigh. In 2015 she was appointed to serve as Chair of the Grievance Committee for the North Carolina Tennis Association. She was appointed by Governor Mike Easley to serve on the North Carolina Ethics Commission, effective October 2006. She was reappointed to the Ethics Commission by Governor Perdue in January of 2010.

Ms. Stubbs is an AV Preeminent Peer Rating through Martindale-Hubbell, has been listed in Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite in Family Law consecutively for several years, is listed in Best Lawyers in America and North Carolina Super Lawyers. In 2017, Super Lawyers included Ms. Stubbs in their prestigious Top 50 Women list.

Ms. Stubbs is married to Nigle (“Tex”) Barrow, an attorney who practices state and federal litigation throughout North Carolina, and she has two sons, Buzzy and Davis. Her hobbies include water and snow skiing, reading, traveling, and especially tennis. She currently enjoys playing singles and doubles on USTA league teams, including a 5.0 women’s team, and she played on the winning Carolina Cup team in North Carolina in 2016.

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, 1992

University College in London

  • Economics and Art History, 1988

Davidson College

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1989

Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1985

Memberships & Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1992
  • All State Courts
  • United States District Court For the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court For the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court For the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section Member, Litigation Section Member
  • American Bar Association

Community Engagement

  • Carolina Ballet, Board of Directors, 1993 – 1998
  • Women’s Executive Mentoring Coalition, Board of Directors
  • Joel Lane Museum House Band Together Selection Committee, Board of Directors (2014 – Currently Residing)

Professional Dedication

  • Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1998 – 1999
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Vice Chair, 2008
  • Family Court Rules Committee, 2010 – present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section Council, member 2001-2004
  • Meredith College’s Paralegal School, Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Ethics Commission, member 2006-2013
  • North Carolina Custody Mediation Advisory Committee, 2010-2013

Professional Experience

  • Tharrington Smith in 2006, Partner
  • Wake County District Court Judge, 1997-2005
    • appointed in 1997 by Governor Jim Hunt
    • elected 1998 and 2002
    • certified as a juvenile judge in 2001
    • family court judge from 2002 through 2006
  • Stubbs & Perdue, P.A., 1994-1997, litigation and Debtors / Creditors rights
  • United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina, clerk to Chief Judge James B. Wolfe, Jr., 1992-1993

Presentations:

Practice Areas:

Divorce & Family Law, Mediation & Arbitration

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astubbs@tsmithlaw.com
919-821-4711

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Awards & Honors

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow, 2016
North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
Certified Family Financial Mediator
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers™ since 2010
Included in North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 50 Women 2017
Selected for inclusion in the Family Law section of Best Lawyers in America®, since 2010
Listed among the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina magazine, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell
“Top Rated Lawyer™ in Family Law” for 2015 by Martindale Hubbell
Women Leaders in the Law 2015, Legal Leaders™, American Law Media and Fortune Magazine
“Client Distinction Award” by Martindale-Hubbell® for 2015