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Yolanda Michelle Trotman

Family Attorney at Charlotte, NC

4.1   13 reviews

About Yolanda

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    At the Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman, PLLC, we take great pride in being hands-on with our clients. That means that you are dealing with the same attorney from start to finish. Our goal is to avoid lengthy and costly litigation whenever possible. Ms. Trotman will explain the court procedures and all legal repercussions. Her background as an educator is very valuable at this stage of the process. We will not make a decision to proceed until we under

    17 years, 800 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    f you have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or traffic violation, turn to the Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman, PLLC, in Charlotte North Carolina. Our lawyers defend clients in all criminal matters, including all misdemeanor and felony cases. The Firm has significant experience with drug charges, larceny and other property crimes, assaults, DWI, driving while license revoked, moving violations and speeding tickets. We can also assist in bond hearings

    20 years, 4,000 cases

  3. Business

    7 years

Ms. Yolanda M. Trotman has a passion for obtaining great results for her clients. She is an experienced trial attorney with more than ten years of experience. She is not afraid to litigate a case and is comfortable in any courtroom handling matters from traffic tickets to complex jury trials.  She has gained a solid reputation for being prepared and zealously advocating for her clients.

Ms. Trotman is from High Point, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996 with a B.A. in History, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society in History. She was extremely active in a variety of leadership roles in several campus organizations.  Upon graduation from UNC-Charlotte she taught History and coached the Debate and Speech Team at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, North Carolina for three years. As a high school teacher, she was honored with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg First Year Teacher of the Year award, received commendation as a top Debate and Speech coach in North Carolina. Ms. Trotman's love for the law could not be denied. She decided to leave teaching in 1999 and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was very active in a number of organizations, and her community involvement was recognized with a Community Service Award from the Law School. She was Managing Editor ofThe Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with a Juris Doctor in May 2002.

In August 2002, she was admitted to the North Carolina Bar and began her career as an Assistant Public Defender at the 26th Judicial District (Mecklenburg County) Public Defender's Office. She remained active in the community and continued to assist in coaching Mock Trial High School teams. In August 2004 she decided to leave the Public Defender's office to go into private practice.

Ms. Trotman's areas of practice include all areas and aspects of criminal defense, DWU/DUI cases, traffic matters, family law, with a concentration in complex divorce, child custody and child support matters.

Ms. Trotman continued her love of teaching as an Instructor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Program with the University of Phoenix. She has also been an Adjunct Professor in the UNC-Charlotte Criminal Justice Department.

Professionally, Ms. Trotman is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, the Leary Bar Association, The North Carolina Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and was a Board Member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division. She is also a member of the Family Law and Criminal Law Sections of the Mecklenburg County Bar.

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Licensed for 20 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/03/2022

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

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The Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman, PLLC
216 N. Mcdowell street
suite 102
Charlotte, NC, 28204


4.1 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Tony | May 28, 2013
Highly recommended
Ms. Trotman has provided me excellent service on more than one occasion. Her office has always been available or prompt to respond any inquiries. I highly recommend her and her team of professionals.
Posted by Barbara | May 12, 2013
Write This Down....Yolanda Trotman
If I had known about Yolanda Trotman 5 years ago when I divorced my former husband I wouldn't need an attorney today! In just a few months, Yolanda Trotman has accomplished years worth for me and my children. Her knowledge is limitless and her professionalism is out standing. She produces real results. Now, let me just tell you about her court presence. It was cinematic! I sat in court and was so glad she was on my side, whew! For the first time in years I knew that my kids and I could breathe easy. I knew we were in the right hands. The bottom line is that I have never felt so protected, looked after and safe in court before. If you or someone you know needs a great lawyer you cannot get better than Yolanda Trotman.
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Posted by Cedric | May 12, 2013
Ms. Trotman has been not just a great attorney but also a total professional in representing me. She and her staff kept me informed and educated at each step of my case. She not only provided superb legal representation, but I felt that she took a true interest in me as a person. She's very adept at clearly explaining the legal process and my appreciation of the law is greater than ever. I've recommended Yolanda to others who needed a great family lawyer and she worked tirelessly to assist them as well. Plus, she won their cases!! I have no reservations in supporting Ms. Trotman.
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Posted by BRONSON | May 10, 2013
Yolanda is one knowledgable attorney, and she has a great personality. She really put in some good and productive work for me. I will recommend her to everyone I know. Nothing but LOVE from me.
Posted by Billy | May 9, 2013
Great honest attorney!!!!!!!
A great lawyer. Helped beyond my expectations in the custody of my 2 young daughters. Yolanda and her staff are true professionals, and fights for what is best for the kids!
Posted by Tracy | July 23, 2012
Ms Trotman was recommended by a formal client to a friend of mine. He praised the great lengths that she went to, in order for him to gain custody of his child. Ms Trotman is a very knowlegible and professional attorney. She has worked very hard at keeping me up todate with my case. Her staff always lets me know the best time and ways to get intouch if I have questions. She keeps accurate and up to date account and invoice information and payment schedules. I am constantly singing her praises to my family. She has helped me to keep my sanity these last two years.
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Posted by Alex | July 20, 2012
Assertive and Knowledgeable
Yolanda has worked with me nearly 2 years fighting for my rights as a parent and my child's well being. My case was difficult to handle and without her knowledge and persistence I may have lost any chance of being apart of their life. She's tough, knowledgeable and very flexible with your time and money. She's also been extremely personal with me throughout the years regarding my life and case situation, something I would have never expected from a lawyer. No doubt the best family lawyer in Charlotte, and I sorted through them all to find her.
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Posted by Janice | July 20, 2012
Brilliant, hardworking and not a quitter.
Ms. Yolanda M. Trotman has been my attorney for more than 3 years and I have no regrets. She is simply brilliant, hardworking, not a quitter but most important, she has the experience that every client needs in an attorney. Without a doubt, I strongly recommend Ms. Yolanda M. Trotman to anyone who wants high quality representation.
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Posted by DEXTER | July 20, 2012
Yolanda troutman is a good and knowledgeable lawyer. I have delt with other lawyers and Yonlanda realy works hard for her clint. She has a staff that is a carbon copy of her personality and hard work. I will recommend her to anyone. She KEEPS IT REAL.
Posted by Raneesha | July 20, 2012
Outstanding Work
My overall experience with Ms. Trotman has been excellent. She is very consistent when it comes to her clients, and I was amazed to see how she handles herself in court. I would definitely recommend Ms. Trotman for the outstanding work that she has done with my case.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unavailable, lack of integrity, dishonest
If you are considering hiring an attorney, then PLEASE keep scrolling past this office. I can honestly say that the negative reviews are true and the ones with five stars are probably just friends of hers that never used her service. She displays very little regarding honesty and integrity. She seems to only be concerned about her image in the Charlotte and surrounding areas!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2013
Unhappy Client
Attorney Yolanda was not knowledgeble about my case. She failed to win against my ex wife and my ex did not have an attorney. Yolanda was suppose to help me pay the normal child support rate but due to her inexperience I left court paying twice as much. In addition, she never talked to me except on court date. Her secretary would talked to me and they charged me for the calls and emails after I paid her fee up front. I was very disappointed in her service!
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Response from Yolanda Trotman May 20, 2013
I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our quality of service. Since you didn't indicate a name and it appears you hired me many years ago, I certainly would have addressed your concerns if I was aware of them. I have been handling child support cases for 9 years and the NC child support guidelines are clear with no "winners" and "losers" only what the numbers that the court uses to calculate appropriate child support in any case. Good luck to you in the future should you ever need to appear in court for future matters.
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Posted by Me | July 19, 2012
I WAS A CLIENT! If I wasn't I would not be taking the time to post this review. I am an unsatisfied client and have the right to voice my opinion. Especially to stop others from making the same mistake I made. DO NOT HIRE! It took 2 yrs and almost $600 to settle a simple speeding ticket. This office offered minimal communication. Kept pushing my case back (as if it was not a priority). Was assured that upon me completing and passing an online defensive driving course, my case would be thrown out. NOT THE CASE...instead the office lost my course certificate ($80) and I was found guilty. I would have come out better just pleading guilty and paying the fine. When inquiring about the progress of my case, I was given nothing but attitude because I found it very strange that a speeding ticket case was taking over a year and a half to resolve. They are unprofessional and argumentative. Research other reviews of this attorney. They are all negative. I wish I had.
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Response from Yolanda Trotman May 9, 2013
I am sorry to hear that you felt like you were not treated fairly. I see that you posted the same negative review on other sites, so I am familiar with your case. Unfortunately it appears that much of the information here is inaccurate. No case is dismissed for completing a driving school and unfortunately if court fines and costs are not paid on time as instructed, then the costs to handle a ticket can skyrocket.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • District Court Judge
  • Mecklennburg County District 26
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Univeristy of Phoenix
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Adjuct Professor
  • University of NC at Charlotte
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Mecklenburg County Public Defender's Office
  • 2002 - 2004
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • State v. Raymond Starr
  • mistrial-hung jury
  • Mom gets child support she deserved
  • retroactive and prospective child support granted with primary custody to mother
  • Long battle ends in best results for a wonderful litle boy
  • sole custody to mom and favorable results for alimony and equitable distribution
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  • iSpeak Now
  • Founder/CEO
  • 2017 - Present
  • YWCA
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Above and Beyond Students
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • 2002 - Present
  • John S. Leary Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


  • Community Service Award
  • Brightwood College
  • 2016
  • "Cimate Change" Community Service Award
  • Charlotte School of Law
  • 2016
  • Community Service Award
  • Distinguished Parners
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Phenomenal Woman Award
  • WSGE
  • 2014
  • Community Service Award
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • 2002
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law Journal of Technology Law and Policy
  • Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Meeting
  • Your Rights and Your Journey
  • 2017
  • Mastermind Group
  • To Whom Much is Given
  • 2017
  • YMB Leadership workshop
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2016
  • Graduation
  • 2016
  • Grauduation
  • The next steps
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Partners Gala
  • Giving Back when it matters most
  • 2015
  • Woman's commission monthly gathering
  • Womens's Commission
  • 2013
  • Where is the Love? Radio Broadcast
  • Child Support
  • 2012
  • John S. Leary Bar Association
  • Panel Discussion
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Yolanda is a consummate professional. She fights hard for her clients, but is also reasonable in her settlements. I have worked on a case with her and have referred her matters. I know that my client's are well taken care of with Yolanda."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent trial lawyer! Expansive knowledge of the law and great people skills."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Ms. Trotman'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!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Yolanda is an excellent trial lawyer. She is a zealous advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Yolanda works hard for her clients."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Yolanda works tirelessly for her clients. She is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Yolanda. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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