Carolyn Woodruff

Top rated Family Law attorney in Greensboro, North Carolina

Woodruff Family Law Group
Carolyn Woodruff
Woodruff Family Law Group

Practice Areas: Family Law, Tax; view more

Licensed in North Carolina since: 1983

Education: Duke University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024
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Woodruff Family Law Group

420 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 Visit website


Carolyn Woodruff is a family law attorney in Greensboro, North Carolina, with more than 25 years of experience. She is CEO of Woodruff Family Law Group, and handles all types of family law matters, including divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, electronic media issues, equitable distribution, grandparents’ rights, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, qualified domestic relations orders, spousal support, appeals and more. She represents clients in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and throughout the Piedmont Triad area.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Woodruff has tried and settled many complex family law cases. She is experienced in litigation and collaborative divorce methods such as mediation. She is listed in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America,” and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her to their “10 Best Female Attorneys” list.

Ms. Woodruff is certified as a family law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Legal Specialization. She has been certified as a public accountant by the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners. She is also certified as a valuation analyst by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. She was the first North Carolina female fellow in the distinguished American College of Tax Counsel.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Woodruff serves as chair of the Domestic Relations Tax Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. She is the author of two continuing education textbooks on divorce and business valuation principles, and recently co-authored a book titled “Essential Guide to Your Family Law Case”. Ms. Woodruff frequently speaks for legal education programs and organizations and hosts webinars on legal topics.

She serves on the public board of Blue Ridge Bankshares, Inc. (BRBS)(NYSE). She is chair of the Audit Committee and serves on the FinTech and Wealth Management Committees. She holds a FinTech certification from Harvard Business School. She holds AICPA badges in Blockchain and Cybersecurity. She is a frequent speaker on FinTech and spoke before the North Carolina Banking Commission on “Fintech and Regulatory Sandboxes” in January 2022. She also spoke on “Fintech and Innovation” to the Wake Forest University School of Law students in the State and Local Government course in October 2022.

Through the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), Carolyn has been a speaker and trailblazer in continuing education for CPAs who need knowledge of taxation related to divorce and business valuation in divorce in North Carolina. She recently presented on the topic “FinTech and Innovation” in November 2022 at the 83rd Annual Symposium and in November 2021, presented on the topic “Demystifying FinTech” at the 82nd Annual Symposium.

Ms. Woodruff graduated with high honors from Duke University School of Law, where she served as research editor and managing editor of the Duke Law Journal. She holds a license to practice law before all North Carolina state courts and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and The District Bar of the 18th Judicial District of North Carolina family law section.

Practice areas

Family Law, Tax: Consumer

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property

First Admitted: 1983, North Carolina

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • FinTech Certificate Program, Harvard Business School, 2021
  • Blockchain and Cybersecurity Badges, AICPA, 2021
  • Certified Valuation Analyst® - National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
  • Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals, AICPA & CIMA , 2020
  • Certified Public Accountant, NC State Board of Accountancy
  • Family Law Specialist, NC State Board of Legal Specialization
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Symposium for CPA's: Demystifying FinTech, 2021
  • Symposium for CPA's: Fintech and Innovation, 2022
  • Symposium for CPA's: Seven Strategic 2020 Updates to the Premarital and Divorce Arena Part 1 of 3: Divorce Taxation Part 2 of 3: Innocent Spouse Part 3 of 3: Divorce Business Valuation Carolyn J Woodruff of Woodruff Family Law Group gives a presentation for CPAs that explains the 2020 tax law updates as they relate to premarital agreements and divorce. The information in this video will be useful to those whose clients have high income and high net worth and will impact alimony for both the payor and the payee. Other issues involved are divorce forensics and spying on your spouse., 2020
  • North Carolina, 1983
  • NC Bar Association, Member, 1983-Present
  • 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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • This e-book covers such topics as child custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution. , Co-Author, Essential Guide to Your Family Law Case, Woodruff Family Law Group, Legal, 2021
  • This e-book explores aspects of Family Law cases during COVID-19 and shares strategies for dealing with the impact. , Co-Author, Essential Guide to Your Family Law Case During COVID-19, Woodruff Family Law Group, Legal, 2020
  • Unmasking Today's Divorce Problems, NCACPA Symposium, 2019
  • Unmasking Damages, NC Bar, 2019
  • Ghosts, Goblins and Zombies! Family Law Tax Changes, NCACPA Symposium, 2018
  • National Speaker, Innocent Spouse Reform, Child Dependency Regulations and Corporate Redemption Regulations in Divorce
  • Sharks in Them Thar' Waters, NCACPA Symposium, Speaker & Author, 2017
  • Financial Guide to Divorce in North Carolina and Business Valuation Principles in North Carolina, Author, 2010 - 2015, 2016
  • 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
  • Closely Held Business Valuation Basics, NCACPA Symposium, 2014
  • 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
  • Business Valuation Principles in North Carolina
  • The Divorce Forensic Investigator, Colombo Follows the Money
  • Speaker and Trailblazer, Continuing education for the CPAs, North Carolina
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America since 2009., Best Lawyers in America in Family Law for North Carolina,, 2022
  • The Order of the Long Leaf Pine recognizes extraordinary service to the State of North Carolina and is considered the State's highest honor., Order of the Long Leaf Pine, State of North Carolina, 2022
  • , Leaders in the Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2022
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America since 2009., Best Lawyers in America in Family Law for North Carolina.,, 2021
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
  • NC Super Lawyers
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2008 - 2020
  • 10 Best Law Firms, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016-2020
  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2020
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Family Law, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015-2020
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016 - 2020
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2008-2020
  • Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of North Carolina, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 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
  • 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
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in North Carolina, Charlotte Magazine, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in North Carolina, Our State Magazine, 2015
  • R. Donald Farmer Award, NCACPA; 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Leaders in the Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
  • 5.0 Discussion Leader Award, NCACPA, 2012, 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
  • Outstanding Seminar Discussion Leader, NCACPA, 2003, 2010, 2011
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina, 2010
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair, 2022-2023, 2023
  • Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees, 2021-2022, 2022
  • Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees 2020-2021, 2021
  • The Big Hair Ball, Family Service of the Piedmont, 2015 - present, 2021
  • Men Can Cook!, Women's Resource Center of Greensboro, 2013, 2015 - present
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Airplane Pilot 
  • Avid Ballroom Dancer, Dance Legends
  • Dancing with the North Carolina Stars, Operation Smile, 2014, 2017 - present
  • National Dance Day, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, 2013 - 2018
  • PTI Run the Runway, Second Harvest Food Bank, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Hope for a Cure Gala, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2014, 2017 - 2019

Office location for Carolyn Woodruff

420 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Phone: 336-715-1306


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

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