Barri Hilton Payne was born in High Point, North Carolina and grew up in Davidson County. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Religious studies and Sociology. Barri practiced for the last twelve years as a founding partner in the firm Brock, Payne & Meece, P.A. before opening her own solo law and mediation practice in 2013.
Barri was involved with the Holderness Moot Court while in law school at UNC and earned her law degree in 1999. She has practiced in Durham, North Carolina since that time and concentrates her practice on family law issues such as divorce, child custody and support, property division and spousal support, with an emphasis towards resolving these issues through alternatives, like mediation designed to minimize conflict for the family. In 2011, Barri became a board certified family law specialist and a certified family financial mediator. She also assists her clients with will preparation, family law appeals, and adoption. She practices primarily in Durham County, but also takes cases in Orange, Chatham, and Wake Counties.
Before beginning law school at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Barri had the opportunity to reside in several different states including Washington, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama. While she enjoyed many of these places, she loves calling North Carolina home. Barri lives in Durham with her husband John and their eight year old daughter Amelia. Her family loves the beach, camping in their RV, and Durham’s many attractions such as the Life and Science Museum and the Bulls games. Barri and her family also stay busy with activities at their church.
Barri regularly volunteers with the Legal Information Service through the Compass Center in Chapel Hill, which provides free telephone consultations to clients. Barri has taught seminars for the Compass Center’s Free Legal Clinics on the topics of child custody, child support, and spousal support. She is also currently the Chair of the Durham Family Bar Association.
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I have known Barri as a fellow lawyer in the community for more than ten years. Barri has served as opposing counsel in cases with me throughout the years. Barri is an excellent attorney. Barri cares about her clients and works to find the best possible resolutions for her clients. Barri knows the law and uses this knowledge to best serve her clients' goals. Barri is respected by and works with other lawyers in the community to achieve her clients' goals efficiently and without unnecessary expense. Anyone who retains Barri would be very well represented.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified Legal Specialist in Family Law||North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization||2011|
|Certified Family Financial Mediator||North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission||2010|
|Owner||Barri Payne Family Law & Mediation||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Brock, Payne & Meece, P.A.||2001 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Stubbs Cole Breedlove Prentis & Biggs, PLLC||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Compass Center of Chapel Hill||Volunteer Attorney||2002 - Present|
|North Carolina State Bar||Member||1999 - Present|
|14th Judicial District Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Durham County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||1999 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||1999 - Present|
|Durham County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Co-chair||2012 - 2013|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|University of North Carolina, Charlotte||Sociology; Religious Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|