Tonya Graser Smith

Attorney Profile

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 Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

As a founding partner of Graser Smith, 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Focus Areas

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

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

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White Papers

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

  • About Tonya Smith

    Admitted: 2007, North Carolina

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

    Honors/Awards:

    • Super Lawyers of North Carolina. , Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • 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:

    • 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, 2019
    • 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:

    • 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., 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:

    • 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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    Last Updated: 6/5/2018

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