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Debra E Stokes

Family Attorney at Charleston, SC

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Debra

Learn Debra’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  3. Family
    25%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  4. Alimony
    10%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  5. Mediation
    3%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  6. Child support
    2%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  7. General practice
    2%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  8. Litigation
    2%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  9. Marriage and prenuptials
    2%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  10. Probate
    2%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

  11. Wills and living wills
    2%
    Debra E. Stokes, LLC, is a law firm primarily representing clients in simple and complex divorce, custody and other family law cases for 33 years.

    44 years

Attorney Debra E. Stokes has been providing legal services in the Charleston area since she was admitted to practice law in South Carolina in 1980. Debra represents clients primarily in the areas of divorce and family law. However, as a result of her extensive trial experience and legal knowledge, she is able to represent clients in other civil and criminal matters. 

Debra E. Stokes is rated AV Preeminent * in the areas of general and family law by Martindale-Hubbell, a high peer rating given to lawyers for legal ability and ethical standards. She is certified and approved as a Family Court Mediator by the South Carolina Bar’s Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification, having received her Certification in Divorce Mediation in 1992 through the Divorce Mediation Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Debra E. Stokes graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1980. 

She was formerly a partner in the law firm of Stokes & Thompson, which represented clients in civil, criminal and family law matters in all South Carolina state courts, and civil and criminal matters in the federal court. She served as Corporation Counsel to the town of Mount Pleasant from 1984 through 1987. 

Debra is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in the state of South Carolina and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. She is a member of the Judicial Qualifications Committee and the Fee Dispute Committee for the South Carolina Bar Association.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Debra E. Stokes, L.L.C.
200 Meeting Street
Suite 404
Charleston, SC, 29401

Reviews

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Posted by Elizabeth | September 9, 2013
Excellent attorney
Ms. Stokes is my personal attorney and has updated my will and created medical powers of attorney and living wills for my husband and me. Her information is always accurate and up-to-date, and she is very thorough in her preparation for meetings. Most of all, she is compassionate and thoughtful in addressing family situations.
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2013
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Debra has been very professional and helpful in all my requests for legal advice. She has a genuine sense concern in assuring my needs were well represented. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal representation.
Posted by David | September 6, 2013
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Debra Stokes handled my case perfectly. Everything was taken care of, she explained everything well, and I had no worries. The outcome was as good as was possible. Highly recommended.
Posted by Joe | September 6, 2013
Level headed application of Law and careful attention to the things that matter.
I was able to maintain custody and a significant role in my daughter's lives as a breadwinning father deing divorced from a stay at home Mom. This is an atypical outcome for the scenario. Debra helped me, but more importatly helped my daughters retain proper parental supervision. I am grateful.
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2013
Terrific!
She was compassionate, very knowledgable, professional and ultimately helped me achieve a good outcome during the two times I utilized her services. She is very pro-client and gives expert advice.

Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Debra E. Stokes, LLC
  • 1980 - Present

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980

Associations

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • South Carolina Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
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  • South Carolina Bar, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
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  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Member
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  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Member
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  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Former Executive Committee Member
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  • John Ancrum S.P.C.A.
  • Former Board of Directors
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • James Westbury Scholarship
  • James Westbury Scholarship
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • South Carolina Bar CLE
  • Hot Tips Family Law
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Debra
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Debra is one of the best family law lawyers I know, and is a formidable opponent. She has a perfect moral compass and calm demeanor, which combined with her extensive experience and creative legal mind, poses a daunting opponent in any case. Any client is lucky to have Debra represent him or her."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"We are not related! However, Debra is a highly skilled attorney in family law matters and truly cares about each of her clients."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Debra is a very knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney. She has a pleasant and competent office staff to complement her skills. She is not afraid to explore complicated aspects of the law. It is a pleasure working with her as a peer."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Debra. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."

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Charleston Family Lawyer Debra E Stokes
Debra E Stokes
Family Attorney
Charleston, SC
Licensed for 43 years