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Heidi S. Risser

Family Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About Heidi

Learn Heidi’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    20 years

  2. Family
    Primarily Collaborative Family Law; Custody; Child Support; Equitable Distribution; Post-Separation Support; Separation and Divorce; Pre-Nuptial Agreements; Post-Nuptial Agreements

    20 years

I work with my clients to help their families avoid litigation and to find the best possible solution for that client's particular situation.  I believe litigation is not an ideal solution for family law problems, because it discourages open truth-telling and encourages hostility and polarization.  Also, litigation is usually costlier and more time consuming than when parites use collaborative methods to resolve their differences.  The benefits of Collaborative family law methods are that the parties share information and work together to find areas of commonality and solutions that will benefit the whole family.  When parties use collaborative methods, the parties dictate the timing, not the courts, and the process is private.  


I also work with parents in high conflict custody situations to decrease the hostility and to help those parents effectively co-parent their children. This type of work is know as Parent Coordination.  I am a certified Parent Coordinator.  


Law Office of Heidi S. Risser PLLC
319 South Sharon Amity Road
Suite 120
Charlotte, NC, 28211

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Posted by Linda | October 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
From the initial consultation to the final paperwork, Heidi was professional, knowledgeable, and patient. She explained every part of the process and, patiently, answered every question that I had. Throughout the entire process, she provided the status and explained to me what would be next. I would not hesitate to recommend Heidi to any of my friends that need similar services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very caring and compassionate professional
Heidi is so easy to be with and explains everything so clearly. She is thorough and professional and also extremely honest about what she can and can't do if we agree to go through a collaborative divorce. She was incredibly communicative, always did what she said she was going to do in a timely manner and made what is naturally a very difficult situation that much easier. I didn't have to worry about anything.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Someone who really cares
Heidi takes a very personal interest in her clients and gave great advice. Would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Donna | June 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Heidi
Heidi was the best attorney I could imagine in my particular divorce experience. She advised me wisely all along the way with professional guidance but also compassion. I would recommend her to anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by Dan | June 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Knowledgeable
Heidi was absolutely terrific through a difficult situation. Heidi was knowledgeable, professional, and understanding. With a high level of communication and direction I got through a divorce with very little added stress from the legal aspect. I highly recommend Heidi, she will not disappoint.
Posted by Terri | January 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I worked with Heidi for over a year on my divorce. Not only was she patient but she was kind & kept my family in mind during this difficult time. She was very knowledgeable & kept costs to a minimum. Emails were quickly returned & legal jargon made simple. I would not hesitate to use Heidi Risser again for any legal matter.
Posted by Ben | November 30, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice and Appreciated her time
I consulted with Heidi regarding my steps in resolving upheaval in raising my son with his mother. A great conversation was had and great advice was passed to me. Unfortunately the other side jumped the gun before we could work with Heidi. Heidi, a true professional, referred me to another attorney who was geared better towards the litigation my case was moving toward. I am deeply grateful to her for both her insight and referral. I will definitely use refer Heidi.
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Posted by Yvonne | September 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
she's good
Heidi was great with helping to sort out all the details of my case. Once she had a clear understanding of the matter, she was diligent about making certain that my side was the case was heard. She worked hard to make sure we could settle without having to go to court. She is concerned about the person she is representing and making sure she does what's best for those involved. It was a pleasure working with her.
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Posted by Steven | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Heidi Risser was extremely professional and excellent at her profession. She made the whole process easy to understand and helped me get through it.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
trustworthy and highly effective lawyer!
Heidi did an excellent job with my divorce. She helped me during the process and provided excellent recommendations and feedback that helped me go through this very difficult time. I really appreciate her assistance and I highly recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2014
A lawyer who listens
Heidi Risser really paid attention to what truly mattered to me when handling my separation and divorce. She got to know me as a person, not just as a file. Whenever I needed to contact her, she always responded quickly. I feel that she guided me through a painful process with the perfect blend of compassion and fortitude.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Office of Heidi S. Risser PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Passenant Risser & Shearin PLLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Redenbaugh & Risser PLLC
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Gilpin & Hatcher
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • Dispute Resolution Commission
  • Family Financial Mediator
  • 2014
  • Cooperative Parenting Institute
  • Certified Parent Coordinator
  • 2013
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990
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  • MCB Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mecklenburg Collaborative Family Law Group
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • North Carolina Law Review
  • Staff Member
  • 1991 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Council for Children's Right
  • 2009


Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2014
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heidi is a thoughtful and zealous advocate for doing what is best for her clients, and in particular, for the innocent children that often can be unintentionally, negatively influenced by a divorce or custody battle. I admire her work ethic and professionalism as a fellow family law attorney in the community."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Heidi for years. She works hard for your clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heidi is an excellent attorney, skilled and reaching an amicable and swift resolution for her client's case."

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Charlotte Family Lawyer Heidi S. Risser
Heidi S. Risser
Family Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 30 years