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Unpaid bills? Settled a debt, but collectors are STILL calling you? Identity theft victim? Debt
collectors must treat consumers truthfully, fairly, and with dignity and
respect. If they don't, consumers have the right to sue for
damages. I defend consumers against debt collection and sue debt
collectors in cases of abuse, deception, harassment, and threats,
including harassing phone calls and false credit reports. 


I wish I was able to help people all over North Carolina, but as a practical matter I am not able to do so.  I accept only clients with cases in the following counties:  Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Alamance, Guilford, Person, and Caswell.  If you live outside of these service areas, please check the Avvo directory or to find a consumer attorney in your local area.    


Practice areas


  1. Consumer Protection: 75%
  2. Identity Theft: 20%
  3. Credit Card Fraud: 5%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Mildred N. Phillips

    I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Begnoche because she is excellent at what she does. I attended a webinar conducted by Attorney Begnoche on “Debt Defense 101 Trial Preparation” and she was very thorough in her explanations and very informative. I also consulted Attorney Begnoche on a debt collection defense matter that I was working on and she was very helpful and generous with her time.


    Mildred Phillips Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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  • Lynn Ellen Coleman

    Ms. Begnoche is recognized as a leader in the field. She has taught many of us at legal education seminars. She is a tireless advocate for her clients.


    Lynn Coleman Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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Contact info

Suzanne Begnoche, Attorney at Law

976 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ste. 250-B
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Durham Bar Foundation Memorial ScholarshipDurham County Bar Association2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSuzanne Begnoche, Attorney at Law2008 - Present
Staff AttorneyLegal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2008 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionMember2008 - Present
Women's Center Lawyer Information ServiceVolunteer2008 - Present
Durham County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Consumer Areas of PracticeChair2012 - 2013
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Consumer Areas of PracticeSection Secretary (2010-2012)2010 - 2012
Durham County Bar AssociationPublic Service Committee Member2010 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ahmed vs. Department Stores National Bank, Trans Union LLC, et al.The Plaintiff accepted offers of judgment from Department Stores National Bank for $15,000.00, plus fees and costs, and from Trans Union, LLC, for $20,000, inclusive of fees and costs.
Josey vs. Commercial Recovery Systems, Inc.Settlement in favor of the Plaintiffs in the amount of $43,500.00, inclusive of $8,470 in fees and $262 in costs. This settlement was approved by a United States Bankruptcy Court judge.
Staton vs. Vandenberg Chase & Associates, LLCJudgment for the Plaintiff. After a bench hearing, the judge awarded $53,000 in actual damages and $25,000 in statutory damages. The judge also awarded $4,425 in attorney's fees and $251 in costs. .
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Briefs (NCAJ)Civil Remedies for Victims of Identity Theft2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Pennsylvania State UniversityN/AMA - Masters1996
Duke UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NCLC Consumer Litigation ConferenceFair Debt Collection Practices Act: ABC's2015
Law Firm Lunch-and-LearnRecognizing Unfair Debt Collection Claims2015
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Training ConferenceBasics of Debt Collection2015
WebinarDebt Defense 101: Trial Preparation2014
Orange County Bar Association LunchCredit Reporting Law2014
DCBA CLE EventResponding to Identity Theft: Civil Rights and Remedies2014
Panelist-Fair Debt Collection Practices Training ConferenceDefending Consumers in State Court2013
Durham County Bar Association CLE EventCredit Reporting Rights and Remedies2013
CLE WebinarWalking the Minefield: Debt Collection Issues for Non-Consumer Lawyers2013
Call 4ALL CLE Webinar SeriesBasics of Collection and Exemption Law2013
Women's Empowerment 2012The 800 Club: Are You Part of the Pack? Rebuild, raise and protect your credit score2012
Unfair Debt CollectionsFDCP/State Debt Collection Fundamentals2012
Legal Aid Consumer Taskforce 2012Defending Debt Collection Lawsuits and Fighting Back with Counterclaims2012
Fall Paralegal ConferenceCredit Reporting: Consumers' Rights and Remedies2012
Exploring the Intersections of FAMILY LAW: The Impact of Other Practice Areas on Your ClientMoney Madness: Divorce and Financial Issues2011
Women's Center Financial WorkshopMedical Debt and The Law: Understanding Your Rights2010
NCAJ Mountain MagicCredit Reporting: Consumer Rights and Remedies2010
Women's Center Workshop SeriesDebt and the Law2009
Unfair Debt Collections (Continuing Legal Education)Defending Consumers in Debt Collection Cases2009