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Alice C. Stubbs

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Alice C. Stubbs is a partner in the firm.  She joined Tharrington Smith in 2006 after completing eight years as a Wake County District Court judge. First appointed in 1997 by Governor Jim Hunt, she was elected to the judgeship in 1998 and 2002. During her time on the bench, Ms. Stubbs presided in domestic court; was certified as a juvenile judge in 2001; and was designated as a family court judge from 2002 through 2005.


Ms. Stubbs is a native of New Bern. She graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1985, from Davidson College in 1989 with a major in economics, attended University College in London, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. She then clerked for Chief Judge James B. Wolfe, Jr., of the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina, followed by a litigation practice with Stubbs and Perdue, P.A.


Long active in bar association activities, Ms. Stubbs has served on the Board of Directors for the Wake County Bar Association.  In 2008, she served as the vice chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Wake County Bar Association.   She is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. She has served on the Litigation Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Board of Directors of Meredith College's Paralegal School, the Board of Directors of the Carolina Ballet, and the Women's Executive Mentoring Coalition.  She is a North Carolina State Bar certified specialist in Family Law, a certified mediator in family financial cases, and was appointed by Governor Mike Easley to serve on the North Carolina Ethics Commission, effective October 2006.  She was reappointed to the Ethics Commission by Governor Perdue in January of 2010.  She has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers for more than ten years.  


Ms. Stubbs is married to Tex Barrow and has two young sons. She is a runner and a good tennis player.

About Alice C. Stubbs

First Admitted: 1992, North Carolina

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Prosecution Shares Draft of Coopers' Separation Agreement," News and Observer, 4/6/11
  • "Marriages Face New Threats: Social Networking," WRAL, 2/11/11
  • "Slaying Focus of Cooper Custody Hearing; Judge Delays Ruling," WRAL, 10/21/2008
  • "Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Cooper Custody Case," WRAL, 10/14/2008

Bar/Professional Activity

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section Council, Member 2001-2004
  • Chair of Wake County CLE Committee 2017-2020
  • Meredith College's Paralegal School, Board of Directors
  • United States District Court For the Western District of North Carolina
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member (Board of Directors, 1998 - 1999) (Continuing Legal Education Committee, Vice Chair, 2008)  (Family Court Rules Committee, 2010 - Present)
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Custody Mediation Advisory Committee, 2010-2013
  • United States District Court For the Middle District of North Carolina
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • North Carolina Ethics Commission, Member 2006-2013
  • United States District Court For the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Member


  • Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law section - Since 2010
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer,  Martindale Hubbell
  • "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina Magazine, 2009, 2011, 2013 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Family Financial Mediator
  • North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified Specialist in Family Law

Educational Background

  • Davidson College, B.A. in Economics, 1989
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Office Location for Alice C. Stubbs

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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