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Amy Wallas Fox

Family Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Amy Karen Wallas

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About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    Includes independent, interstate (ICPC), agency, stepparent, foster care and adult adoption; Gestational surrogacy agreements and egg, sperm and embryo donation.

    16 years

  2. Family
    Surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation.

    16 years

 Amy Wallas Fox focuses on family building including surrogacy and adoption. Amy handles a variety of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) matters including representing intended parents, gestational carriers and donors in gestational surrogacy and egg, sperm and embryo donation cases. She also recruits and screens gestational carriers and can help intended parents find appropriate surrogates and medical facilities.

Amy also has extensive experience with all types of adoptions including independent/private, agency, foster care, stepparent, international and adult adoptions. She competently handles interstate adoptions and is familiar with the requirements of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). She is also able to locate competent counsel to complete the out of state portion of an interstate case. Amy completes domestication of foreign adoption decrees, allowing a foreign-born child to obtain a North Carolina birth certificate.

Amy graduated from Harding University High School in Charlotte, NC, Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, VA. During law school she gained experience by working for an adoption/ART attorney, attending specialized adoption training and completing research in surrogacy and adoption. In May 2013 Amy formed Claiborne & Fox, PLLC, a firm with offices in both Charlotte and Atlanta, with attorney Ruth F. Claiborne. Prior to this, Amy practiced for more than four years as associate attorney at Ruth's former firm, a well-known adoption/ART law firm in Atlanta. Amy is licensed in North Carolina and Georgia. In 2015 the firm became Claiborne Fox Bradley, PLLC as attorney Lila Newberry Bradley joined the Georgia office.

Amy is a Charlotte, North Carolina native who grew up with law in the family. Her father, Jonathan Wallas, is a widely known civil rights attorney. Amy also writes the popular food blog Amy on Food and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, movies, staying fit and spending time with her husband and children.

Licensed for 15 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/27/2022
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact Amy

Claiborne Fox Bradley Goldman, PLLC
417 East Blvd.
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC, 28203-4751


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Matt | January 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great overall experience
Great service and amazing client support! They were supportive and provided excellent communication from start to finish in our process. We couldn’t of asked for anything more! Thank you!
Posted by Amy | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Amy!
Amy was so great! She was very knowledgeable and professional and went above and beyond to make sure everything legal related with our adoption went smoothly! We highly recommend her!
Posted by Maureen | April 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney/Highly Recommend
I was an Intended Parent for a gestational surrogacy journey. Amy was a pleasure to work with every step of the way. She was always prompt and efficient. Her fees were reasonable and she was quick to answer any questions I had. When doing my research on which lawyer to choose, I asked for recommendations via a surrogacy facebook group. Amy's name repeatedly came up as the go to lawyer for all things surrogacy. I can see why she came so highly recommended. She definitely knows her stuff when it comes to surrogacy and is a true professional. You won't be sorry for choosing her as your lawyer! Her paralegal Carolyn was also a pleasure to work with as well!
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Posted by Megan | January 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly highly recommend
Amy literally gave birth during the most stressful part of our adoption and she still answered phone calls, texts, and emails. She was always available for any questions or concerns and I had know doubt in her legal ability. She got us 2 kids in 7 months! Amy and her team are professional and personable at the same time.
Posted by Sarah | January 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIghly Recommend
We are so grateful to have been referred to Amy for the adoption of our son. She took the time to explain the entire process to us step by step and was transparent and logical about what we needed to do and expect throughout the journey. She was responsive, prompt, personable, caring and proactive throughout. We are thankful for a successful case which is a reflection of her knowledge and experience. We can now thank Amy for her role in the formation of our family.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience
We had a wonderful experience working with Amy and her team throughout our adoption process. She was upfront with the costs and provided support when we needed it. I would not hesitate to work with Amy again!
Posted by Kellie | January 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Adoption Lawyer
Amy was hired by us to be our lawyer for our adoption of our little girl. Our adoption was an out of state adoption from Georgia..we live in North Carolina. The adoption was smooth and we worked with the adoption agency in Georgia and with Amy here in North Carolina. Amy gave us the referral for the adoption because we had contacted her previously to represent us for an adoption that was supposed to happen with a baby from Oklahoma. That adoption didn't happen because our re-finance of our home did not go through in time for the adoption agency in Oklahoma. So when the birth mom in Georgia was looking for adoptive parents, Amy contacted us to see if we had found new birth parents yet and we had stated we had not. She asked us if we were interested in putting in our names to the birthmom in Georgia and we stated we were definitely interested. If it wasn't for Amy, we would not have our little girl! She is the perfect little girl to us and is our little Angel! We cannot thank Amy enough for thinking of us that day!
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Posted by Scott | January 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
My wife and I hired Amy to help with the adoption of our daughter. Amy was absolutely amazing and walked us through the adoption process and answered all of our questions. Furthermore, she responds promptly to inquiries as she understands how stressful this process is for the adoptive families. Amy worked extremely well with our adoption agency and our home state (Missouri). If you are looking for an adoption attorney stop researching now and simply hire Amy!
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Posted by Tiffany | January 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very compassionate!
Amy handled the adoption of my daughter last March. I am the birth mother and she helped so much with this delicate process. She was willing to answer any questions I had no matter the time of day. Amy continues to be there for me whenever anything has come up. Definitely looks out for the best for her clients.
Response from Amy Fox January 8, 2018
Thank you, Tiffany. I am so glad I was able to help.
Posted by Wil | April 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Responsive, Knowledgeable, Compassionate. What else can you ask for?
While I realize all adoptions have their own twists & turns, we had a rather complicated situation in adopting our son from a non-agency state where we had to hire another agency and attorney, then our local agency went bankrupt before we were finalized so we had to hire another.  But we were blessed to have Amy as our attorney to lead us each step of the way.   We never once emailed or called without a more than prompt and accurate response.  If I am remembering correct, I believe Amy even returned my initial call while she was on vacation.   You can tell when people care about you, and while we may not have gotten that warm feeling from the agencies, we surely got it from Amy and her staff.  She has a way of taking a very complicated, unknown, emotional, scary process and breaking it down to palatable steps.  With our other attorney and agencies, we also got pinned with additional fees, but not from Amy - she was upfront and reasonable with respect to costs.   I would highly recommend Amy to anyone in need of an attorney for their adoption.  We hope to start another adoption process in the future and plan to use Amy in the same or greater capacity than our first adoption.  
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Response from Amy Fox April 21, 2017
Thank you so much, Wil! I am so glad we were able to help you every step of the way!
Posted by Tiffany | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is wonderful
We were needing an attorney for our private adoption. We had a lot of questions and were hesitant to hire an attorney because we weren't 100% sure the mother would decide to place and we didn't want to "waste" money. After talking with Mrs. Fox, we felt that she understood our situation and helped to explain how their system works. She was very personable each time we spoke or had any contact. When our son was born, it happened to be on a holiday weekend. Mrs. Fox took time away from her family to correspond with us to find out what the next step would be. I really appreciated that. She had paperwork ready and was available when we needed her to be. We had used an adoption agency on a previous adoption and never had any communication. I was blown away by the communication we received with Mrs. Fox and I took time to thank her each time she would let us know anything, even "small" items. Bottom line: Very professional, very personable, VERY reliable and GREAT to work with.
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Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you Tiffany! I am so glad I could help your family with your adoption!
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
After running into complications with finalizing an out of state adoption, we hired Amy to facilitate finalizing the adoption in North Carolina. Amy is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in the requirements and laws of North Carolina adoption and was extremely competent in the various phases of our finalization process. She had to coordinate her efforts with the out of state adoption agency and was diligent in contacting and following up with them until she received all the necessary paperwork we needed to file in North Carolina. Amy was always readily available to meet, email or talk on the phone to answer any of our questions and frequently gave us updates on the status of our case. Her friendly professionalism was the perfect fit for us and we are so glad she was part of our adoption journey. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you so much. I am glad I was able to help with what you needed!
Posted by Robin | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption Lawyer
Amy was excellent. She helped us through a last minute placement that had a few issues that needed to be worked out. She worked with us through a holiday weekend and was so sweet about everything when we where stressed and nervous. Kept in constant contact with us which was very reassuring. Later before finalization our agency closed and once again Amy was super helpful and calm and this was a huge help because it kept us calm while we worked toward finalization.
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Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you, Robin! I am so pleased I was able to assist you to build your family!
Posted by Chris | October 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
My wife and I hired Amy for the adoption of our son. We came in from out-of-state after having been matched only to discover, after arriving, that our homestudy had just expired. For the next few days it seemed like we lived out of Amy's office as she did everything she could to get us approved to take our son home. Throughout the entire (very stressful) process, we had complete faith in Amy and she never disappointed. In addition to being a highly skilled lawyer, Amy was also caring, friendly, and easy to contact... just what two new stressed-out parents needed. My wife and I cannot recommend Amy highly enough.
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Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you, Chris! I am so glad we were able to help coordinate the home study update and get you home!
Posted by Dustin | October 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated Attorney
My wife and I recently adopted our son from Charlotte, NC (we live in CA). It was a very difficult and contested adoption. Amy was incredibly well versed in state adoption laws and was able to help us navigate through a myriad of legal issues that arose during the process. She was also instrumental in helping us with the ICPC process. She's kind, compassionate, responsive and most importantly, dedicated to her clients. We couldn't be more satisfied with her services and recommend her without reservation.
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Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you, Dustin. It was not easy, but so glad everything worked out in the end!
Posted by Catherine | September 3, 2012
Professional and Personal
I was a client of Amy Wallas for two adoptions. The first was a private-open adoption. The second was a state foster care adoption. I am very thankful to have had Amy for both adoptions. She saved us a lot of time and energy. She was very knowledgeable, easy to reach and available 24/7.
Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you so much, Catherine! It was a pleasure assisting your family to grow!
Posted by Kristin | August 29, 2012
Highly Recommend
My husband and I hired Amy to handle the adoption of our daughter last year. We had little to no experience with adoption and Amy did a fantastic job of walking us through the process. It was actually Amy who found the opportunity which resulted in our being matched. Our daughter was born in another state so Amy worked with our lawyer in Kansas to coordinate the inter-state paperwork so we could bring our baby home. Throughout the process, Amy was professional and supportive. Her level of communication could not have been better. She fully understands the emotional roller coaster her clients are on and is extremely quick to relay information which we were so grateful for. We were certainly sad to hear that Amy decided to move to North Carolina as we fully intended to reach out to her when we are ready to grow our family. We had a wonderful experience and give her our full endorsement.
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Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you Kristin! I truly appreciate your kind words and so glad I was able to help with a second adoption too - even from NC!
Posted by Kate | August 29, 2012
Outstanding Adoption Attorney
Amy was great to work with from our very first meeting all the way through to Adoption Day. She always made herself available to answer questions and made sure that we understood what the next steps were. Her explanations were thorough and concise. Amy made our adoption planinng and execution seemless and she will definitely receive a call from us when we begin planning our next adoption.
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Response from Amy Fox April 20, 2017
Thank you so much, Kate. I am honored I was able to help grow your family!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Claiborne Fox Bradley Goldman, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Tin Fulton Walker & Owen PLLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Claiborne & Surmay, PC
  • 2007 - 2012


  • William & Mary School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Guilford College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004
  • Harding University High School
  • International Baccalaureate
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • In Re: S.D.W.
  • Adoption was allowed to proceed despite biological father objection.


  • Modern Family Committee - North Carolina Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Charlotte Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adoption Law Committee - North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Webinar
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • 2017
  • NBI Adoption Law CLE
  • Adoption Law
  • 2015
  • NBI Adoption Law CLE
  • Adoption Law
  • 2013
  • Family Building Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • How to Create an Adoption Profile
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (14)
Endorse Amy
Adoption Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Any as a fellow attorney who specializes in adoption and surrogacy law. She is a dedicated and knowledgeable advocate for children and families. Amy's extensive experience and expertise cannot be overstated. She is thorough, diligent, compassionate, and a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Fox is extremely well versed in the area of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) Law, and I would recommend that any Intended Parent or Gestational Carrier look to her first for representation. Attorney Fox is easy to work with, and has a collaborative style that is imperative for this sensitive area of the law. Recently, Attorney Fox stepped into a more complicated ART case at my firm's request - she jumped into the case after it had already been ongoing for some time, and did so without hesitation. The clarity of her advice has been invaluable. If you have an ART case with any party located in North Carolina, I strongly recommend that you contact Attorney Fox."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I represented an opposing party in an adoption with Ms. Fox. Her knowledge of adoption law and dedication to her clients were clear. I highly recommend Ms. Fox for adoption services in North Carolina."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is a highly knowledgeable and caring attorney. I have had the pleasure to work with Amy on numerous cases and I am always impressed with her legal ability and dedication."
Adoption Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy has a great deal of expertise in the adoption field."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Amy through the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers and consulted with her on various adoption issues. She is a knowledgeable, ethical attorney who provides excellent service to her clients."
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