Tonya Graser Smith

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Charlotte, NC

GraserSmith, PLLC
 | 223 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-626-6795
Fax: 704-247-6845
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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    As a founding partner of GraserSmith, PLLC, Tonya Graser Smith has dedicated her career to family law cases. She has been certified as a specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2013, and she focuses her practice on divorce, child support, child custody, alimony, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, contract enforcement and other similar matters. Ms. Graser Smith serves clients in the Charlotte area and its surrounding counties, and she handles matters both in litigation as well as through mediation and collaborative law.

    Ms. Graser Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from West Virginia University in 2003. She earned her Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2007. In her third year of law school, she participated in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, giving her extensive experience in family law matters. After she graduated law school, Ms. Graser Smith was an attorney with several area law firms before starting her own firm in 2014.

    In 2011, Ms. Smith completed a trial school program through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Section of Family Law of the American Bar Association. Admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. An active participant in a variety of professional organizations, Ms. Graser Smith is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals and Women Lawyers of Charlotte. Held in high esteem by her fellow attorneys, she has received a perfect 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 2021 Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

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  • Kiplinger: Tonya Writes about an Intermediate Step Before Divorce. It's Like a Reset. (2020) - Thinking of Divorce? Before You Split, You Could Try This 1 Thing Instead A postnuptial agreement, or post-nup for short, could help you prepare for the future as you try to smooth things out. If things don’t work out, then you’ll be ready. Post-nups can even be helpful for happily married couples, in some cases. by: Tonya Graser Smith, Board Certified Specialist in Family LawDecember 15, 2020  

  • Woman's Day shares Tonya's Insight on Traits Leading to Divorce (2019) - 15 Surprising Traits That Make Couples More Likely to Divorce BY KARLA WALSHJan 15, 2019

  • Tonya quoted in MSN Money regarding Post-Nuptial Agreements (2020) - Can you get a prenup after you’re married? By Mia Taylor Published January 16, 2020

  • Kiplinger: Tonya Writes about "4 'Hidden' Assets You'll Need to Account For in Divorce" (2021) - Untangling family finances during divorce can take some digging. Your spouse may have assets that aren’t top of mind (restricted stock or Bitcoin, anyone?), and they might be tough to value or split up. by: Tonya Graser Smith, Board Certified Specialist in Family LawMarch 3, 2021

  • Divorce News and Need to Knows - Knot Untied (2019) - Articles written about news and events regarding family law and parenting advice. 

  • Real Simple Features Tonya --- and Tonya's Mom (2021) - 12 Women Share the #1 Money Lesson They Learned From Their Mom Studies show girls aren't exposed to financial literacy as much as boys. Luckily, these money-maven moms all had...girls. By Mia TaylorMarch 09, 2021

  • About Tonya Smith

    Admitted: 2007, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage: http://grasersmith.com/tonya-graser-smith/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Top Lawyers in North Carolina selected by their peers. , Legal Elite, Business North Carolina , 2020
    • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers of North Carolina. , 2021
    • Top Lawyer in North Carolina selected by their peers. , Legal Elite, Business North Carolina, 2021
    • 40 under 40 Nominee for Business North Carolina. , 40 under 40 Nominee, Business North Carolina , 2020
    • Lawyers of Distinction. , Lawyers of Distinction in Family Law, Lawyers of Distinction , 2020
    • Super Lawyers of North Carolina. , Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • Super Lawyers Rising Star. , Super Lawyers - Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Top Lawyers in North Carolina selected by their peers. , Legal Elite, Business North Carolina , 2019
    • Super Lawyers of North Carolina. , Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2018
    • Top lawyers in North Carolina selected by their peers. , Legal Elite, Business North Carolina , 2018
    • Super Lawyers of North Carolina, Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, Super Lawyers , 2017
    • Top Lawyers in North Carolina selected by their peers., Legal Elite, Business North Carolina , 2015

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Advanced Collaborative Law Training with Pauline Tesler. , 2020
    • Beyond Interest-Based Negotiations (Collaborative Law) with Stephen H. Sulmeyer. , 2019
    • Recertification - North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. , 2019
    • Collaborative Law Practice Training with Pauline H. Tesler., 2015
    • North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law., 2013
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and American Bar Association Family Law Section Trial School, 2011

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. , 2021
    • Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals. , 2021
    • Women Lawyers of Charlotte. , 2021
    • North Carolina Bar Association - Family Law Section Committee Member. Alimony Committee Chair. , 2021
    • North Carolina Bar Association - Family Law Section Committee Member. , 2020
    • Women Lawyers of Charlotte. , 2020
    • North Carolina Bar Association - Family Law Section Committee Member. , 2019
    • Women Lawyers of Charlotte. , 2019
    • Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals. , 2020
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2019
    • International Association of Collaborative Professionals. , 2020
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee through the North Carolina Bar Association., 2020
    • Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals, 2019
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee through the North Carolina Bar Association., 2019
    • Women Lawyers of Charlotte - Board Member, 2018
    • North Carolina State Bar
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Charlotte Women Lawyers
    • Mecklenburg County Bar
    • Domestic Court Bar Committee, Mecklenburg County

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Dilworth Little League Sponsor. , 2021
    • Dilworth Little League Sponsor. , 2019
    • Myers Park Trinity Little League Sponsor. , 2019
    • Dilworth Little League Sponsor. , 2020
    • Pro Bono attorney for Service Members Civil Relief Act case matters in Mecklenburg County. , 2019
    • Pro Bono attorney for Service Members Civil Relief Act case matters in Mecklenburg County. , 2020
    • Pro Bono attorney for Service Members Civil Relief Act case matters in Mecklenburg County., 2017
    • Pro Bono attorney for Service Members Civil Relief Act case matters in Mecklenburg County. , 2018
    • Safe Alliance Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney for Domestic Violence Cases in Mecklenburg County, 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presenter on Contempt law to colleagues and peers in Mecklenburg County. , CLE Presenter, Contempt Continuing Legal Education, Mecklenburg County Family Bar, 2019
    • CLE Presenter , What You Need to Know about Parties in the Military [for Divorce], Mecklenburg County Bar Association, 2016
    • CLE Presenter , A Discussion on Contempt, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, 2012
    • Educational Seminar Presentation, 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce, 2011

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Growth of Premarital Agreement, Prenuptial Agreement, and Postnuptial Agreement Practice. , 2021
    • Growth of Collaborative Law Family Law Practice.  , 2020
    • Positive outcomes for numerous clients related to their personal goals and objectives through Family Law Litigation and Mediation cases. , 2019

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    •  "Aligning Work with Passion" 2018 - Continuing Legal Education Planner for Women Lawyers of Charlotte, 2018

    Newsletters:

    • News and events regarding family law and parenting.  , Knot Untied, Legal

    Educational Background:

    • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 2007
    • West Virginia University, B.A. Political Science  , 2003

    Industry Groups

    • Board Certified Specialist In Family Law
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    Office Location for Tonya Graser Smith

    223 East Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    Phone: 704-626-6795

    Fax: 704-247-6845

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