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Yolanda Michelle Trotman

Yolanda Michelle Trotman

About me

Ms. Yolanda M. Trotman has a passion for obtaining great results for her clients. She is an experienced trial attorney with more than ten years of experience. She is not afraid to litigate a case and is comfortable in any courtroom handling matters from traffic tickets to complex jury trials.  She has gained a solid reputation for being prepared and zealously advocating for her clients.

Ms. Trotman is from High Point, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996 with a B.A. in History, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society in History. She was extremely active in a variety of leadership roles in several campus organizations.  Upon graduation from UNC-Charlotte she taught History and coached the Debate and Speech Team at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, North Carolina for three years. As a high school teacher, she was honored with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg First Year Teacher of the Year award, received commendation as a top Debate and Speech coach in North Carolina. Ms. Trotman's love for the law could not be denied. She decided to leave teaching in 1999 and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was very active in a number of organizations, and her community involvement was recognized with a Community Service Award from the Law School. She was Managing Editor ofThe Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with a Juris Doctor in May 2002.

In August 2002, she was admitted to the North Carolina Bar and began her career as an Assistant Public Defender at the 26th Judicial District (Mecklenburg County) Public Defender's Office. She remained active in the community and continued to assist in coaching Mock Trial High School teams. In August 2004 she decided to leave the Public Defender's office to go into private practice.

Ms. Trotman's areas of practice include all areas and aspects of criminal defense, DWU/DUI cases, traffic matters, family law, with a concentration in complex divorce, child custody and child support matters.

Ms. Trotman continued her love of teaching as an Instructor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Program with the University of Phoenix. She has also been an Adjunct Professor in the UNC-Charlotte Criminal Justice Department.

Professionally, Ms. Trotman is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, the Leary Bar Association, The North Carolina Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and was a Board Member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division. She is also a member of the Family Law and Criminal Law Sections of the Mecklenburg County Bar.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
    10 years, 800 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    13 years, 4 thousand cases



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Eric Carl Trosch

    Yolanda is a consummate professional. She fights hard for her clients, but is also reasonable in her settlements. I have worked on a case with her and have referred her matters. I know that my client's are well taken care of with Yolanda.


    Eric Trosch Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Reggie E. McKnight

    Excellent trial lawyer! Expansive knowledge of the law and great people skills.


    Reggie McKnight Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman, PLLC

1401 East 7th Street
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC, 28204


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Community Service AwardUniversity of Pittsburgh2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Yolanda M. Trotman2005 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniveristy of Phoenix2005 - 2007
Adjuct ProfessorUniversity of NC at Charlotte2002 - 2004
Assistant Public DefenderMecklenburg County Public Defender's Office2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Mecklenburg County BarN/A2002 - Present
John S. Leary Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
North Carolina State BarN/A2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Raymond Starrmistrial-hung jury
State v. Brandon Clarknot guilty all counts
Mom shows the changes in her circumstances!Mother obtained sigificantly more visitation and legal custody of her child
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Pittsburgh School of Law Journal of Technology Law and PolicyPittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and PolicyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawN/AJuris Doctor2002
Univeristy of North Carolina at CharlotteHistoryB.A.1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Woman's commission monthly gatheringWomens's Commission2013
Where is the Love? Radio BroadcastChild Support2012
John S. Leary Bar AssociationPanel Discussion2012
BJ Murphy Morning ShowFamily Law and Criminal Defense2012
Aiming with CannonChild Supoprt2011