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Autumn Danielle Osbourne

Divorce and separation Attorney at Durham, NC

5.0   13 reviews

About Autumn

Learn Autumn’s areas of practice.

For more than a decade, attorney Autumn Osbourne has provided skilled representation to North Carolina families in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. She is Board Certified by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization - a distinction held by less than 2% of all family law practitioners in the state - and has been recognized for her work by independent attorney rating organizations including but not limited to Thomson Reuters' and Avvo.

However, for Autumn, the practice of law involves more than zealously advocating on behalf of clients and adhering to the profession's rules of ethics. "I feel every family in our community benefits from the work we do outside of our law firm's doors. It's been incredibly gratifying to work with organizations such as the Durham County Legal Aid Clinic and the Durham's Women Clinic as well as mentoring other attorneys in the family law arena." - Autumn Osbourne

Autumn is passionate about the work she does for her clients and those in the community.

Autumn earned her Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, and also holds a Masters degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors degree from Virginia Tech.

In her spare time, Autumn enjoys spending time with her family, being on their boat, going to the beach and just being outdoors.

Licensed for 13 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ellis Law Firm, PLLC
3200 Croasdaile Rd
Suites 601 & 603
Durham, NC, 27702-0603


5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Brandi | July 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very dependable!
Autumn was by my side the whole step of the way throughout getting my separation. She thought of things I never would have thought about during my process, so it saved me a lot of pain and aggravation down the road. You can really tell she does her job very thoroughly and cares about the wellbeing of her clients.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2015
Amazing lawyer
Autumn has helped me more than i can put it words. Autumn has gave me peace. Answered every question I had. She is on top of things. Responds back to me within minutes of asking her questions. Being a young mother, I wanted the best for me and my child and Autumn is the best you can find. I highly highly recommend her to anyone. She is by far the best lawyer. She doesn't make you feel intimidated knowing your talking to a lawyer, she helps you understand whats going on and keeps you updated every step of the way! She is caring and very competitive. If I every need anything in the future-Autumn will be my go to!
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2015
Masterful strategist, Outstanding Lawyer!
Ms. Osbourne is a outstanding lawyer! She's intelligent, insightful, eloquent, clever, careful, and committed. Most importantly, she's wise and strategic. She was my lawyer for a challenging custody lawsuit brought by my ex-husband. When she took the case, I was behind the eight-ball with just my word to counteract the many untrue allegations from my ex. Ms. Osbourne was masterful at unravelling their case and building ours. In particular, she was able to bring to light mistakes of well-known experts related to our case. This was no small task given the reputation of these professionals, but she managed to accomplish this without alienating them or the court. Ms. Osbourne's success is in large part due to her incredible, incredible intelligence. She always had my priorities in mind and steered the case towards those very strategically. In preparation, she was thorough and anticipated every angle. In court, she was like a precision weapon in her arguments and questioning. In negotiations, she was a wise counselor and a tough negotiator. Throughout, she was reliable, committed, truthful, and personable. I trusted her with my children's lives and she was worthy of that trust.
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Posted by Greg | April 8, 2015
Outstanding Lawyer
Autumn Osbourne is an honest, dedicated, and passionate lawyer who, time and time again, expertly advocated for my best interests and the best interests of my minor children during a difficult divorce. I wholeheartedly recommend her services. If I need representation in the future, I will hire Autumn. Autumn expertly guided me through a difficult, high-conflict divorce (involving minor children) in Durham, NC. At the time, I knew nothing about divorce, equitable distribution, custody, or the court system. Autumn educated me, helped me, and led me through the maze of forms and court appearances. I felt safe, understood, and prioritized while in her capable hands. Despite facing numerous obstacles, Autumn ultimately won my case, and she did so in convincing fashion. When you hire a lawyer, you are hiring a person with whom you are entrusting your future and your kids' future. In my humble opinion, Autumn is the best you can do. She is a lawyer with all the right skills and all the right intangibles: she was exceedingly well-prepared for court, she commanded the courtroom with her voice and her overall confidence, she is smart, she responded to my emails promptly, she never over-billed or wasted my money, and she really cared. I will hire Autumn again.
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Posted by christin | April 5, 2015
I have been working with Autumn for a little over 2 years now and I must say at every turn she has been the one person who has eased my nerves. We have been going through a rather nasty child support ordeal and Autumn has been there to quickly answer my emails or calls whenever I needed. She always has an abundance of knowledge to guide me through whatever curve ball comes my way with my ex and EVERY time we have gone to court I feel calm knowing she is at my side. I'm truly blessed to have her representing my family and would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone having a family issue that they need representation.
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Posted by David | April 4, 2015
Autumn's got your back. Relax and let her and her team get on with it.
What could have been an amicable separation quickly turned adversarial when the opposing party became unreasonable. I thought we would have to litigate to get an acceptable outcome but Autumn maintained a cool head, kept me in check, explained likely outcomes and organized mediation. The mediation took a similar pattern - started out with unreasonable demands, but by holding ground on important items and conceding on some minor items, we were able to achieve a very fair outcome. Autumn is the first attorney that I have worked with, so I don't have anyone to compare her with but I think her style is right for a lot of first-timers. She took the time to explain the process, was frank, honest, empathetic and very conscious of 'time is money' which kept costs to a minimum. The rest of the team at her office were courteous and professional. Liz collated all of the financial info and left no stone un-turned, which allowed me to relax and know that I was in good hands. The thoroughness of the preparation for mediation meant that little time was spent arguing over the basic facts.
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Posted by Donna | April 3, 2015
Mrs. Osbourne is a wonderful lawyer!
Mrs. Osbourne has represented me on two occasions both for child custody cases. She is very intelligent and she goes above and beyond in my opinion. She has worked very hard to make sure she had all of the pertinent information regarding my case and was always very quick in getting back to me and addressing my concerns. On both occasions she has gotten me a desirable result and she has worked very hard to ensure I was not only comfortable, but I knew what was going on regarding my case. I would recommend Mrs. Osbourne to all of my family and friends who were in need of legal assistance regarding family law. If I am ever in need of legal assistance again Mrs. Osbourne will be the only person I go to!
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Excellent Service
Autumn has helped me out a great deal. She has been the upmost professional. I was constantly kept informed and she responded to my emails and calls very quickly, which was very important to me because I have been taking care of this legal matter while living in another state; over 2,000 miles away. Autumn has provided me with honest legal advice and when I needed an honest personal opinion she was right there to help me along the way.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Autumn is an amazing attorney. As a man, I was naturally a little skeptical of "the system" being stacked against me. I have zero concerns as long as Autumn is representing me. She is truly a class act, a true professional. She is as tough as nails when the situation warrants that approach but also pulls me back to the middle when that is where I need to be. My son is the the most important thing in my life. I would not entrust this process to 95% of the attorneys I see in court. If needed, I would have interviewed 50 attorneys to get someone with the amount of integrity and tenacity that Autumn has. Fortunately, I found Autumn and didn't have to waste my time. She is a winner and I highly recommend.
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Posted by Thelma | March 19, 2015
My Excellent Experience with Autumn at Ellis Law Firm
First it is unfortunate for love ones to part. But should you need legal help for a separation, property distribution and a divorce, Autumn Osbourne is the attorney to call. I don't usually write reviews, but my experience was so smooth and professional that I had to write one. Autumn is like a "Lady Mattlock"! I give her a 10 of 10.
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Posted by Heather | March 18, 2015
Autumn is great
Autumn represented me in my custody case after my previous lawyer failed to meet my expectations. From our initial conversation I knew she was the lawyer for me. She was very caring and understanding of my situation which made a very painful process much easier. Autumn was very informative and explained things thoroughly so I knew exactly what to expect during our court proceedings. She was the upmost professional, I would strongly recommend her.
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Posted by Stephanie | March 17, 2015
Autumn is fantastic!
Autumn has been a great lawyer. She is very knowledgeable, a go-getter, always answers my questions, and has helped me stand up for myself.
Posted by Luke | March 16, 2015
Very professional!
Autumn represented me in my custody case. She went well beyond her call of Duty, she was very professional. If I ever need family legal help again she will be the first person I call. Thanks Autumn.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2006
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Durham Family Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Attorney
  • Durham Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (6)
Unknown Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Ms. Osbourne's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. She has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Autumn as opposing counsel on several cases over the years. I always enjoy working with Autumn. She is an excellent attorney. She is knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. Autumn cares about her clients and works to achieve the best possible results for them."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly endorse Autumn. She knows the law to the most nuanced point. She will zealously represent her client while maintaining professionalism and ethics throughout."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Autumn is a zealous advocate who cares about her clients. She is knowledgeable about the law and uses that expertise to explore resolution outside of the courtroom, if possible. Autumn has always acted professionally in our cases together."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Autumn is an aggressive, non-nonsense advocate who is well respected by Judges, peers and clients alike. She takes the time to educate clients not only about the current process but future needs so that they can make the best decisions possible in their matter. Strong negotiator and litigator."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Osbourne has always been easy to work with in cases. She has been aggressive when necessary and gentle when needed. I have had nothing but positive experiences working with her."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Autumn is one of the most talented and hardworking attorneys that practices Family Law in Durham and the surrounding counties. Autumn can negotiate with a soft but stern touch or litigate with an advocacy level that is unmatched. She is personable while maintaining a stern legal point of view."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Autumn is a dedicated, knowledgeable and professional advocate."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Autumn is a very thorough, detailed and experienced family law attorney. Autumn cares about her clients and is willing to do what it takes to accomplish their goals and protect their interests. If you are looking for assistance with a family law situation, you want Autumn on your side."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Autumn is a skilled, ethical advocate with exceptional writing and legal analysis skills. I endorse her with complete favor and no reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Autumn for nearly a decade. I strongly value her opinion on all issues related to divorce/family law. She has the unique ability to ensure cases that should reach a reasonable settlement without the costs and emotions of drawn out litigation do in fact reach settlement. However she is well prepared and skilled to litigate any matter necessary. She is a strong advocate for her clients inside and outside the courtroom. Sometimes this might mean telling a client what he or she does not want to hear because it is best for their case. Without hesitation I refer clients to Autumn and will continue to do so. If you are in the Triangle (and surrounding areas) and need a strong, passionate and reliable lawyer look no further than Autumn Osbourne."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Autumn Osbourne is one of those professionals who combines a fine knowledge of the law with a depth of understanding people and life. She is very bright and listens to her clients, providing them with an understanding of what can be and what cannot be done in resolving family law issues. She certainly will act in accordance with her client's directions after fully informing them of the probable and potential difficulties and perhaps unintended consequences. At the same time, she will strongly discourage pursuing courses of action which she recognizes will be hurtful to the client, or the family, with no real likelihood of a successful outcome. Ms. Osbourne seeks reasonable, workable solutions and abjures fighting useless battles that merely bring additional costs and harm. As a mother, she understands family dynamics and the emotional storm that separation brings. She is trusted by her clients, the judges and opposing counsel, and that aids in solving problems with less harm."
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