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
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Tax: Consumer (20%)
Attorney Profile

Carolyn has practiced family law for more than twenty years.  She has helped North Carolina family law clients achieve their individual objectives with every case she takes.   Carolyn’s law practice focuses on the client and that client’s reasonable objectives.   She is very experienced in complex equitable distribution, business valuation in divorce, complex custody, alienation of affection, domestic violence, alimony, child support, grandparent’s rights and other areas falling within family law, such as termination of parental rights and adoption.

                       Interestingly and unlike most other areas of law, the question has to be asked:  “how do you win a family law case?”  This varies, client to client.  Some clients are very sensitive to the well-being of children; others, perhaps with adult children, wish to focus on their respective retirement.  Some feel secure in the family home and do not want to move.   Then, there are the closely held businesses in the midst of a divorce.  There are the executives, or their former spouses, with all that deferred compensation who need help.  Carolyn tailors her case plan for each individual client, based upon her extensive background---not only as a family law specialist, but also as the only family lawyer who is both a CPA and a Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA).

                      Following her role as Research and Managing Editor for Duke Law Review, Carolyn graduated from Duke University School of Law with High Honors. She then began her legal career with Tuggle Duggins and Meschan, P.A. where she became a principal and shareholder in only four short years.  While at Tuggle Duggins, she created a dynamic practice, trying complex cases in the United States Tax Court.  During that time, equitable distribution was new in North Carolina. She consulted on many complex divorce cases and she became a divorce business valuation expert, testifying around the state, in many cases, as an expert witness.  Realizing that her rather unique skill sets of being both a trial attorney and expert witness really qualified her to handle complex divorce cases, she set out in her own firm in 1994 to be lead counsel in divorce and family law matters, forming the embryonic vision of what has become Woodruff Family Law Group.  Carolyn’s distinguished career continues as Woodruff Family Law Group has grown to five attorneys and three North Carolina Certified Paralegals with a team of able legal assistants.

                      Other relevant experience includes Carolyn’s role as Chair of the Domestic Relations Tax Committee for the Tax Section of the American Bar Association where she was frequently featured as a national speaker on topics such as innocent spouse reform, child dependency regulations and corporate redemption regulations in divorce.  Carolyn was a leader in getting the IRS to both recognize and study domestic violence and abuse issues as they related to filing joint income tax returns.  She was also instrumental in these domestic relations tax reform, and based upon her efforts, Carolyn became a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel, which has as a requirement a significant contribution to United States tax policy and is a very selective and esteemed national academic and think tank organization.  Carolyn is the ONLY woman in North Carolina who has been granted status as a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel.  Currently, there are 16 Fellows in the American College of Tax Counsel in North Carolina.

                      Through the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), Carolyn has been a speaker and trailblazer in continuing education for the CPAs in North Carolina who need knowledge of taxation related to divorce and business valuation in divorce in North Carolina.  Carolyn has authored two continuing education textbooks---Financial Guide to Divorce in North Carolina and Business Valuation Principles in North Carolina.  She has been an award winning and entertaining presenter at more than 30 continuing education programs for CPAs in this state on these topics.  Carolyn also served three years as an influential force on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of CPAs.  She has also served as the Piedmont Chapter President.  She currently serves on the Symposium Committee, which hosts the single largest annual continuing education program for CPAs in this State.  She is a frequent speaker at the Symposium.

            Carolyn is currently working on domestic violence reform in North Carolina.  The unnecessary and tragic death of Laurrissa Armstrong has spurred her to take an active role in seeking reform to North Carolina domestic violence laws.  She has been a spokesperson and writer on this topic.

Certificates and Credentials

About Carolyn Woodruff

Admitted: 1983, North Carolina

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Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • NC CPA Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA)


  • It’s hard enough mastering one thing in life. Few people ever learn to master two. Carolyn Woodruff is a successful family and divorce lawyer in Greensboro. She likes to say that her work is seeing the best people, at the worst times, which is why it caught her a bit off guard when she discovered her life had gone off-balance, and found herself in her clients’ shoes. “I did not realize how devastating it was to go through a divorce, until I came home one day, and found out my husband had moved out and I was going through a divorce.  And it was really very devastating,” she explained. To help her recover, a friend suggested she do she do something she always wanted to do, but never got the chance to. Her choice? Dancing. “I was embarrassed, a little bit, to start with.  It’s okay when a four or five-year-old looks awkward dancing because they’re little and they’re cute. But when you’re 40 and you start dancing and you’re not so little and not so cute, it’s not a pretty scene,” she explained. Woodruff started competing with her partner Alosha. After six years, she was on top of the dancing world, winning the title of, “Best of the Best, Gold Division” in a preliminary round of a dance competition in June. Carolyn and Alosha been invited to compete in the “Best of the Best” Gold World Championships in Ohio, in November., Greensboro Lawyer Moonlights As A Competitive Dancer, 2013
Office Location for Carolyn Woodruff

420 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401


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Last Updated: 5/16/2017

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