Brione B. Pattison


Having gone through my own divorce, I approach all my clients with compassion and a true understanding of their needs.  I know what it’s like to have a plan for your life and your children’s lives and have it all change in an instant.  I understand the worry about how divorce will affect your children.   I have felt the anger, hurt, sadness, fear, and sometimes relief that come with divorce.  And I recognize that even the most amicable divorce is a process that takes time.  But I believe it is possible to get through the process with grace and dignity, and I strive to help my clients do that, whether it is through mediation or litigation.  Every family and every situation are different. I have a strong litigation background, and sometimes cases must be decided in a courtroom.  In those instances, I provide zealous advocacy for my client’s interests.  But I also believe that families should have opportunities to craft a divorce solution that fits that family’s needs through mediation, negotiation, and collaboration whenever possible. 

In 2000, I began practicing law in the South Bronx, New York, helping students with special education needs receive the appropriate services from the New York City Board of Education.  When I moved to Virginia, I worked as a public defender where I was in the courtroom almost every day honing my litigation skills.  I became licensed to practice law in North Carolina in 2009, and focused exclusively on family law, estate planning, and family law appeals since 2010.  I am also licensed in California.    

When I am not helping clients, I spend my time with my family, friends, and an assortment of furry animals.  I enjoy cooking, golfing, a good movie, traveling as much as possible. 

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