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Daphne Edwards

Founding Attorney

Daphne Edwards 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:

Daphne is an experienced divorce and family law 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.


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


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

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Listed in Business North Carolina Legal Elite – Family Law, 2016, 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, since 2016
  • American Jurisprudence/Book Awards: Family Law, Solving Legal Problems, Criminal Procedure
  • Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, 1997
  • Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Legal Elite, 2019

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”
  • Advanced Custody and Support Issues”, NBI, 9/20/2018

Professional History

  • Daphne Edwards Family Law, Raleigh, NC, 2/2013-4/2016, 2018-present
  • Cheshire, Parker, Schneider & Bryan, 2016-2018
  • 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

Get Started With our Experienced Team
  • Relentless & Aggressive

    Daphne is relentless, in negotiations and trials, and while attempting to settle as much as possible, aggressive representation is sometimes necessary.

  • High Level of Skills

    Daphne spent years working on federal and state appeals, giving her opportunities to develop strong legal writing skills, litigation skills, and negotiation skills. 

  • Personal & Dedicated
    Daphne approaches each client with the personalized attention and care she would want her sibling to receive if going through a divorce; it's personal to her.
  • Decades of Experience
    Daphne has over two decades of experience in state and federal courts and has been negotiating and litigating divorce and family law cases for years.
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