Alice C. Stubbs is a partner in the firm. She joined Tharrington Smith in 2006 after... more
Alice C. Stubbs is a partner in the firm. She joined Tharrington Smith in 2006 after completing 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 in domestic court; was certified as a juvenile judge in 2001; and was designated as a family court jud... view profile
After more than two decades practicing law, I find that two things still make me... more
After more than two decades practicing law, I find that two things still make me happy that I'm a lawyer: connection with my clients and the challenge of telling their stories as clearly and persuasively as possible, whether to judges, juries or to opposing counsel. My first post-college job was as a newspaper reporter for a daily paper where I learned to appreciate the power of a few, well-cho... view profile
I am married, have two children, and playthe bass in our church's praise and worship... more
I am married, have two children, and playthe bass in our church's praise and worship band. I started working in a law office when I was an undergraduate in 1989 and that's where I discovered family law. I decided to go to law school and have never seriously considered doing anything else but family law. It is an area of law where I know I can make a positive difference in people's lives.
Lacy Presnell has extensive civil trial and appellate experience in a broad range of... more
Lacy Presnell has extensive civil trial and appellate experience in a broad range of complex disputes. He has represented individuals and businesses in state and federal courts in North Carolina. He has been lead counsel in serious injury and wrongful death cases, business disputes, and estate and contract disputes and his trial experience includes more than 70 cases tried to averdict. He has r... view profile
The practice of law requires a level head and stamina. To provide the best services... more
The practice of law requires a level head and stamina. To provide the best services and advice to my clients, I do spend time away from the office. I enjoy exercising and outdoor activites. As well, I spend a good deal of time with my family and my two dogs.
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.