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     I am an attorney in Gastonia, NC, practicing family law, personal injury. I also handle will preparation, traffic matters, and some minor criminal defense work. 


     Before practicing law, I lived and worked in several different countries.  I taught English as a second language in Germany and France.  In the United Kingdom, I worked in the personal injury department of a Scottish law firm. 


     While in law school in New York, I was Co-President of my school's public interest organization and was active in environmental and public interest activities.  I gained valuable experience throughout law school interning with a federal judge and with several different non-profits and governmental organizations.  I continue to serve my community by providing pro bono legal services and participating in community groups. 


     Clients often come to lawyers when they are stressed or anxious.  I truly enjoy helping clients and my best reward is to bring them relief from whatever legal problem they are facing.  Our firm offers a variety of fee options (contingency, hourly, flat) depending on your legal matter.  Please call or email me for a consultation.


Languages spoken: German, English

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 55%
    6 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    6 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
    6 years
  4. Wills: 5%
    6 years
  5. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    6 years



Hourly ($150/hour), contingent (25-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (5 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Stephen Thomas Hegedus

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    Stephen Hegedus Family Attorney
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  • Sarah Jessica Farber

    Ashley is a colleague and friend. She is active in service to her community. I happily refer clients in the Gastonia area to her, knowing they will be treated well.


    Sarah Farber Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Katzenstein & Lorance Attorneys at Law

PO Box 1473
223 West Main Avenue, Suite C
Gastonia, NC, 28053


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Educational Achievement ProgramNorth Carolina Advocates for Justice2011
Volunteer Lawyer Program Distinguished Service AwardLegal Aid of North Carolina2011
2nd place tie - Prof. William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay ContestNew York State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Program Certificate - BronzeHofstra Law School2010
Pro Bono Leadership AwardHofstra Law School2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateKatzenstein and Lorance2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary International - Gastonia EveningCo-Chair, Service Projects Committee2011 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers Division, Military Issues Committee2010 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeChair of Family Law Section 2014-152010 - Present
North Carolina State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Gaston County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, Young Lawyers Division2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Generally Speaking (N.C. Bar Association)What to Do When One Parent Wants to Relocate2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillCommunication StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2003