Carolyn Woodruff

Carolyn Woodruff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Greensboro, NC

Woodruff Family Law Group
 | 420 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone: 336-272-9122
Fax: 336-272-7991
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Tax: Consumer (20%)
Attorney Profile

With over two decades of experience, Carolyn Woodruff at the Woodruff Family Law Group represents clients in Greensboro, North Carolina, in matters of high net worth divorces, family law and child custody matters. She is the only woman to be granted status in North Carolina as fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a certified valuation analyst by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts , a certified public accountant by the North Carolina Board of Accountancy and a family law specialist licensed by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Woodruff earned her Juris Doctor with high honors from Duke University and is admitted to practice in North Carolina. A member of the 18th Judicial District Bar Association’s family law section and the North Carolina Bar Association, she is a trailblazer in matters of accounting and how they relate to divorce. Her understanding that every situation is different and successful outcomes change from case to case have made her a successful advocate for her clients facing upheaval in the form of a divorce.

Her practice areas include family law appeals, spousal support, property division, child custody and support, divorce and premarital agreements, trials, mediation and collaborative divorce, and financial planning and business planning for divorce. Ms. Woodruff is a previous chair of the American Bar Association’s Domestic Relations Tax Committee in the tax section of the organization.

An engaging and knowledgeable speaker, Ms. Woodruff regularly participates in continuing education courses for North Carolina CPAs. She has also published textbooks used for continuing education.

Certificates and Credentials

About Carolyn Woodruff

Admitted: 1983, North Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • Leaders in the Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2008 - 2012, 2013
  • Research and Managing Editor, Duke Law Review, Duke University School of Law
  • R. Donald Farmer Award, NCACPA; 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Outstanding Seminar Discussion Leader, NCACPA, 2003, 2010, 2011
  • 10 Best Law Firms, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017, 2018
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of North Carolina, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Family Law, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016 - 2017, 2018
  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2017, 2018
  • Largest Women Owned Businesses, Triad Business Journal, 2018
  • Best Law Firms in North Carolina, U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys, Best Lawyers in America, 2015 - 2017, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in North Carolina, Our State Magazine, 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina, 2010
  • 5.0 Discussion Leader Award, NCACPA, 2012, 2013
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in North Carolina, Charlotte Magazine, 2016
  • 10 Best Attorneys - North Carolina, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015 - 2017, 2018
  • Best Child Custody Litigation Firm - South East NC & Family Law Specialist of the Year - North Carolina, Legal Elite, 2017, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • NC CPA Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA)
  • Certified Public Accountant, NC State Board of Accountancy
  • Family Law Specialist, NC State Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Valuation Analyst, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • North Carolina, 1983
  • American Bar Association, Domestic Relations Tax Committee, Tax Section, Chair
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
  • 18th Judicial District Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • NC Bar Association, Member, 1983-Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Men Can Cook!, Women's Resource Center of Greensboro, 2013, 2015 - present
  • Dancing with the North Carolina Stars, Operation Smile, 2014, 2017 - present
  • National Dance Day, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, 2013 - present
  • PTI Run the Runway, Second Harvest Food Bank, 2018
  • The Big Hair Ball, Family Service of the Piedmont, 2015 - present
  • Hope for a Cure Gala, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2014, 2017 - present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • National Speaker, Innocent Spouse Reform, Child Dependency Regulations and Corporate Redemption Regulations in Divorce
  • Speaker and Trailblazer, Continuing education for the CPAs, North Carolina
  • Financial Guide to Divorce in North Carolina and Business Valuation Principles in North Carolina, Author, 2010 - 2015, 2016
  • Business Valuation Principles in North Carolina
  • Closely Held Business Valuation Basics, NCACPA Symposium, 2014
  • The Divorce Forensic Investigator, Colombo Follows the Money
  • Sharks in Them Thar' Waters, NCACPA Symposium, Speaker & Author, 2017
  • Asset Protection Strategies with Premarital Agreements, NCACPA Symposium, 2016
  • Today's Divorce Climate: Money, Sex, and Lies, but What About the Kids?, NCACPA Symposium, 2015
  • Seven of Hearts, or Is It Seven of Broken Hearts?, NCACPA Symposium, 2013
  • 10 Pitfalls of Family Law Controversies, NCACPA Symposium, 2012
  • The Subpoena & the CPA: The Ethical and Legal Saga, NCACPA Symposium, 2011

Educational Background:

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1983
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Office Location for Carolyn Woodruff

420 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

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Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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