Daphne Edwards, Of Counsel

Daphne Edwards joined the family law team at Cheshire, Parker, Schneider & Bryan in 2016. She focuses her practice primarily on divorce and custody litigation, as well as family law appeals. Daphne has more than a decade of experience in state and federal courts and is committed to helping each client through divorce at any stage in the process. She is dedicated to client service and to achieving the best legal remedy for each individual she represents at the most affordable cost, whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation and trial. Daphne is first and foremost a trial attorney.

Daphne has successfully advocated for her clients in family law matters which have included:

  • complex divorce involving closely-held investments and businesses
  • child custody, visitation, and child support
  • negotiation and drafting of separation agreements
  • division of marital property assets
  • protection of separate property through divorce
  • alimony and spousal support
  • modification of child custody and visitation orders
  • drafting consent orders, and
  • issues surrounding domestic violence
  • unique issues facing LGBT families through divorce and custody

Daphne is an experienced counselor. She ensures you understand the laws and rules governing your North Carolina divorce, illuminates the pros and cons specific to your unique circumstance, and helps create the most strategic path toward recognizing your stated goals in consultation with you as a team. Your goals remain central to the strategy, negotiation, and selected course of action at each stage of the divorce process.

Daphne possesses the unique ability to team with the people she represents. She believes that divorce is a difficult and stressful time for her clients and that part of being a counselor is offering support to her clients while championing their rights. She helps divorce to be viewed as a transition to possibility and potential for each person. Daphne is a staunch advocate for her clients’ significant goals and long-term interests.

Daphne Edwards and Lauren Kayani

Lauren Kayani is Daphne’s paralegal. She supports Daphne Edwards in her Family Law practice. Prior to joining Daphne in 2016, Lauren worked in the medical malpractice industry in New York, where she received her paralegal certification from Pace University. Her extensive experience working in this arena has well prepared her to work in family law. A skilled and efficient case manager, Lauren’s professional, service-oriented approach renders her a calming influence and knowledgeable but sympathetic resource to Daphne’s valued clients.

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Education

Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA, J.D., 1997, with Highest Honors

  • Class Rank: Top 4% (6/175)
  • Law Review, Member, 1994-1997
  • Associate Editor of Law Journal, 1996-1997
  • Merit Tuition Scholarship Recipient 1995-1996 and 1996-1997
  • American Jurisprudence Awards: Family Law, Criminal Procedure,and Solving Legal Problems
  • Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law, 1997

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, B.S., Political Science, 1991

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1987-1989

Academia:

  • Campbell Law School, Adjunct Professor, Raleigh, NC, 2013-2014
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, San Francisco, CA, 2003-2005

Awards & Recognition

  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite – Family Law, 2016
  • American Jurisprudence/Book Awards: Family Law, Solving Legal Problems, Criminal Procedure
  • Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, 1997

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • Family Forum, Section Vol. 34, No. 5, June 2014, Family Law Case Updates
  • Family Forum, Section Vol. 35, No. 1, October 2014, Family Law Case Updates
  • Mass Appeal, October 10, 2014, Appellate Practice, Program Co-Planner
  • Law Review Article, 26 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 241 (1996)

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Program Planner and Program Moderator, October 10, 2014, NC Cary Bar Center, Appellate CLE Program
  • Speaker, July 28, 2015, HalfMoon Seminars, “Legal Research and Writing Workshop for Paralegals
  • Presenter, August 24, 2016, Wake County Bar, 2016 Family Law Update, “How to Obtain Electronic Discovery and Ensure It’s Admissible”

Professional History:

  • Daphne Edwards Family Law, Raleigh, NC, 2/2013-4/2016
  • North Carolina Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General, Raleigh, NC, 2/2013-2/2014
  • Alamance County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, Graham, NC 10/2011-5/2012
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, Staff Attorney, Law Clerk to Judge Proctor Hug, Jr., San Francisco, 2002-2011
  • United States Senate Legislative Counsel’s Office, Assistant Counsel, Washington, D.C., 1998-2002
  • North Carolina Supreme Court, Clerk to Justice Robert Orr, 8/1997-8/1998

Professional, Civic and Community Activities

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Appellate Practice Section
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association
    • Appointed Social Committee Chair, 2017
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • National High School Mock Trial Competition, Volunteer