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Samuel S. Spagnola

Divorce and separation Attorney at Greensboro, NC

5.0   20 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

    25 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    80% of firm's practice is in divorce and family law (custody, alimony, child support, adoptions, separation agreements, property division).

    25 years

  3. Alimony

    25 years

  4. Family
    Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Property Division, Adoptions

    25 years

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy.

    19 years

  6. Adoption

    23 years


Since he began his practice in North Carolina over 25 years ago, Sam Spagnola has been a legal advocate for every one of his clients. His dedication to every client is also what’s gotten him recognition as a Top-Rated Lawyer with client and peers. He has been a Board Certified Family Law Specialist since 2008, has a distinguished attorney rating through the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell ratings system, and has been selected as a family law Super Lawyer among other prestigious recognitions.

"I fight hard for all of my clients and often think outside the box when it comes to complex family law matters and issues and arguments that arise. I firmly believe that is in the best interests of the client to try and settle a matter first before choosing the high cost of litigation. However, this is not always possible so when a matter does get into court, I can be very aggressive if necessary. I present options to my client's and the pros and cons of each to help them decide which course of action they want to take."


Silver Client Champion
Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice

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The Spagnola Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
441-B Battleground Avenue
Greensboro, NC, 27401


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  20 customer reviews
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Client's Choice
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Posted by Barry | March 10, 2015
An Incredible Lawyer for a Difficult Complex Divorce
Sam Spagnola was the right lawyer for the job! Representing me (the father) in a pro-tracked and difficult custody battle as well as child support case, Sam protected my interests every step of the way. His knowledge of NC Family Law is encyclopedic and he knows the Civil Court System and players in Guilford County. He was forthright in guiding me on our strategy and candid about every step of the process I when thought ... some good and some not so good. In the end, I won the custody of my children and defended my rights as a father in large part to the partnership and legal prowess of Sam Spagnola! An awesome attorney who will forever have my 5 star rating!
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Posted by Tanya | March 8, 2015
Excellent Triad Divorce Lawyer!
Sam was very responsive to my situation from the beginning! My situation was very complicated but Sam stood by me, advised me well, and followed through promptly so that I was not taken advantage of. Heather is always reachable at the office even when Sam is in court, so communication is constant and easy. I would highly recommend Spagnola Law Firm if you are looking for an attorney that won't stop until you are satisfied with the outcome of your separation and is not afraid to stand up for you!
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Posted by Charles | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Sam Spagnola is a very knowledgeable, professional, and principled attorney. He did an outstanding job with my child custody case, all the while looking out for the best interests of my children the entire time. Mr. Spagnola will provide you the facts of the law, be upfront with matters at hand, protect your interests and guide you through the process. I cannot thank Mr. Spagnola and his paralegal, Heather Owens, enough for all they have done for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2020
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very knowledgeable
sam and his paralegal heather realy stays on top of everything. price is very fair. being a veteran i was treated with respect. highly recommend sam. thx mike D USAF VET.
Posted by Amber | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire him!
I am so glad I decided to hire Sam for my child support case. After almost a year of back and forth, no fault to Sam of course, my case has been finalized. Sam knew the laws around my case and everything went in my favor because of his arguments during our hearing. He truly fought for me and for that I will forever be grateful. Worth every penny.
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Posted by Scott | April 27, 2018
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We won!
Due to the opposing party it was a long battle. Mr. Spagnola did great at litigating and an excellent closing argument. I'm happy to say we won!
Posted by Robert | October 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The best decision I have ever made
Like most people I found myself hesitant on which attorney I could trust to handle my child visitation case. However, I found that the most recommended attorney was Mr. Sam. I had my consultation and he explained to me really well how the case could turn out and what to expect. He would always keep up to date on what was going on with my case. He acted in a friendly and professional manner. He did really well in working with me, and my Ex's attorney in getting my visitation rights established fairly. Overall, I would like to say that with his help I was able to be reunited with my child once more. As a client, having such a stressful situation being handled by a professional gave me piece of mind. And as a parent, being able to have your child by your side and hearing that it's been handled is one of the greatest feelings in the world. There's no doubt that I will recommend him to anyone who's looking for a great attorney to handle their family law case.
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Posted by Jordan | April 15, 2016
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Mr. Spagnola is the Real Deal
Finding Sam Spagnola changed my life and future, as well as my daughters. I relocated to Greensboro from the Asheville NC area to be nearer to my child. I live a stone's throw away from the Mom but she wouldn't budge on adjusting visitation. She led me around by the nose and used my daughter as the hooked bait of a power struggle, which seems to be the classic tale of single fathers. I needed help and I wanted the best, a quick Google search led me to Mr. Spagnola's doorstep. He is to the point, business savvy, and extremely educated on NC law. During the court procession he was able to spout off facts and figures like they were the alphabet. He pounced on any weaknesses or wavering stories that the mother presented and made her case look extremely faulty. I felt protected and cared for throughout the entire process, I have worked with other lawyers and they only seem concerned with what is in your back pocket. Sam genuinely cared about guiding me through the motions and gave me realistic outlooks for everything as it occured, he didn't sugar coat the expectations. I had to do my due diligence as well, I had lengthy documentation across 4 years of interactions with my ex which helped solidify my position. In the end, the judge settled our case with joint legal and physical custody and I could not be happier with the result. If you are in the Triad area, Sam Spagnola is the lawyer for you because I can personally guarantee that you do not want him to be on the other side of the bench from you.
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Posted by Cheri | April 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
If you want the best...
If you want the best, choose Sam Spagnola. I hired Sam twice. The first time for my divorce and the second time when, unfortunately, custody issues arose several years later. Sam is reliable and honest. He broke my case down to me in words I could understand and never tried to charge me outrageously for services. His advice is smart and he does exactly what he says he will do. I would definitely use him again if needed.
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Posted by Thomas | March 19, 2015
Could not be more pleased.
Although my divorce was a difficult time , Samuel Spagnola and staff were very understanding. They were very pleasurable to deal with and very informative. The attention to detail and patience to explain everything to me along the way was very helpful. The manner that Mr. Spagnola represented me along with the outcome was better than I ever could have been expected. To say "I was pleased" would be an understatement.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2015
Personalized Service at its best!!!
Mr. Spagnola and his staff worked relentlessly to assist me in my divorce and custody situation. Words cannot explain my gratitude to them all for their help. I found Mr. Spagnola to be fair and honest with me from the word go. There were never any surprises. I liked the fact that he took the time to explain each step as well as what to expect and how we would proceed. This is my first review I have ever written because rarely do I receive service that I find worthy of a review. Spagnola law firm as a whole has not only earned my business for life they have earned my respect and trust. If you are reading this post I assume you are in the decision making process of choosing a law firm to handle your needs. I will say that if given the opportunity Mr. Spagnola and his staff will absolutely EARN your respect and gratitude as they have with me. Best of luck!
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Posted by Jaysen | March 18, 2015
Child Support Case
I was highly satisfied with Sam and his assistant was very dependable at keeping me informed and answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. The client portal was a very helpful tool to keep me informed during my case. His fees are very reasonable considering his high level of expertise in the area of family law. All said and done I would highly recommend Sam to anyone that needs a top notch Family Law attorney!
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Posted by Chris n Gidget | March 16, 2015
Sam and his team were absolutely wonderful. Both my wife and I have had to use Sam on two separate occasions and both times our cases were handled with knowledgeable actions and not once were we left in the dark about anything that was going on or something that needed to be done. All information was presented to us upfront, fast and efficiently. From start to finish we were never disappointed. Thank you Sam for all of your hard work and we would highly recommend you to anyone looking for legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2015
Sam Spagnola review
It took me some time to find Sam since there are not that many places that show attorney's reviews; however, his website was pretty clear to show that he was mostly working on Family and Divorce Law, which was something I was looking for. I didn't want somebody who was doing a little of everything, which will mean that his/her expertise might not the optimum for what I was looking for in a Divorce attorney. I'm in the process of getting divorce and Sam was there to give me guidance. He was very straightforward about the case without giving me unrealistic expectations. He was very good at answering e-mails and phones calls when needed. He presented all the documents to the other party on a way that there was no doubt about the financial situation and allowed me to do the correct choices when it was time for a separation agreement. He didn't get intimidated in any way by my wife nor her attorney, which make realize that I was on pretty good hands. I will strongly recommend him for any type of divorce cases.
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Posted by Resor | March 11, 2015
Custody of child case
Was Very satisfied with his law firm services, him and his assistant was very good always available to answer questions and keep us informed during the court procedures. would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a good compassionate, caring, knowledgeable law firm.
Posted by Luke | March 11, 2015
Amazing Lawyer
I have worked with Sam Spagnola for the past two years while we have cleared up issues regarding the custody of my son. Sam has always been prompt, quick to answer any questions I had and always gave me great advice. In the end, we came to resolution on all matters that satisfied me. Sam's staff is very friendly and kind, this was a great firm to work with! I would recommend Sam and his team to anyone needed a lawyer.
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Posted by Patti | December 5, 2014
Mr. Spagnola represented me in a divorce this year. If I had questions or concerns, they were always promptly addressed. I was very impressed with his office assistant and they both were very knowledgeable when I contacted them. I would definitely recommend Mr. Spagnola to anyone who is in need of his services.
Posted by Jennifer | December 2, 2014
Divorce and Custody
Sam Spagnola did both my divorce and custody. Not only did I get the items that I wanted in my divorce but I also got the custody arrangements that worked great for my kids, my ex-spouse and me. I had to call his office many times during my separation because of the issues that my ex-spouse would attempt to do. Mr Spagnola would assure me every time and assist me in those issues by helping me along in the matter. He was quick to respond and quick to handle each matter. I was very impressed with how handled every situation and I felt assured that I was safe in his care. Mr Spagnola does not play around when it comes to your needs, he will lay it out on the line and tell you like it is. It may not be the answer you like, but at least he tells you the truth. I appreciate an attorney like that! He spends your money where it is needed and doesn't waste it. If I ever need to come to him again, I would. And I would recommend him, not only to my friends but to my family as well. He is a good man and very understanding.
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Posted by Bill | December 2, 2014
Knowledgeable / I got time with my kids I wanted
After fighting out of court with my ex wife for over a year, Mr. Spagnola was able to advise me and negotiate split custody of my kids. He was knowledgeable and kept me informed of the process of the impending hearings. He also was very effective in my Equitable Distribution case. He never offered false hope, but was forthcoming with what outcomes I might expect. If it wasn't for effective negotiations with the other counsel, I would have ended up paying more in fees for preparations and court hearings.
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Posted by Keith | March 17, 2015
My opinion
I was happy with the outcome of my case, I think he did a good job presenting my case to the judge which I believe helped with the favorable outcome, however I think maybe he should have taken more time to learn my complete situation, that might have had an affect on my expenses, I guess I could have been more assertive in that area also, when it is all said and done, he was reasonable with his fees, and he followed through without me having to hound him for information. I think he was fair.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 90-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Spagnola Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
  • 1998 - Present


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Guilford College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hatcher v. Matthews, 248 N.C.App. 491 (2016)
  • Case remanded back to Court for findings of fact.
  • Delancey v. Delancey, COA 12-1512
  • Favorable Ruling on Key Issues


  • Greensboro Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Guilford American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2003 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • N/A
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist
  • N.C. Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2008
  • Master certification
  • SMU Board of Advocates
  • 1998
  • Appointed Chief Counsel
  • SMU Criminal Justice Clinic
  • 1997
  • 3rd Place Best Brief (national competition)
  • Phillip Jessup International Moot Court Competition
  • 1997
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  • Family Forum (North Carolina)
  • Bankruptcy In The Context of Divorce
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 N.C. Family Law Specialists Annual Conference
  • Ain't Got No Money: Banrkuptcy and Divorce
  • 2014
  • American Inns of Court
  • Children As Witnesses
  • 2011
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Representing Juveniles
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Samuel
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Sam for many years. He is a solid, knowledgeable attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam is a fighter. He works hard for his clients and takes their matters seriously. Few attorneys match his overall ability and high ethical standard. I trust Sam, I know you can too."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Mr. Spagnola works very hard to deliver his clients results."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is a strong advocate for his clients. He is well-versed in both family law and bankruptcy law. I frequently ask him questions myself. I have no hesitation in sending my own clients to Sam because of how strong an advocate that he is. He is afraid of no one and will take on any opponent."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam is a leader in the bar family law section and a family law specialist. I appreciate his expertise and integrity when he's on the other side of a matter."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Sam Spagnola as a capable, experienced family lawyer with the knowledge to reach reasonable results in litigation or without the necessity of litigation, in mediation or negotiations."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam Spagnola is a class act and does an outstanding job advocating for his clients. He is a pleasure to work with and has a great reputation in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Samuel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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