Robin J. Stinson

336.714.4154
100 N Cherry St, Suite 600
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
RStinson@belldavispitt.com
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Robin J. Stinson

Robin Stinson, a board-certified Family Law Specialist, focuses her practice on all areas of family law and dispute resolution, including complex marital estates and financial issues in equitable distribution, alimony and child support cases.

Robin has practiced in Winston-Salem and surrounding counties for more than 33 years, having practiced at several family law firms before joining Bell, Davis & Pitt to start its family law practice in 1997.

Robin strives to provide the most cost-effective, practical, and efficient mechanism for case resolution, including options for direct negotiation, mediation, and arbitration or court, if necessary. She is committed to providing the highest level of professionalism and excellence in her representation of both husbands and wives who are facing some of the most difficult times in their lives. She brings patience and compassion to help her clients navigate through the emotional and financial turmoil of separation and divorce.

Robin has been certified as a Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar since 1991 and is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is a skilled negotiator and litigator and represents individuals in all facets of family law, including:

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Equitable distribution and property division
  • Child custody and child support
  • Alimony
  • Premarital, postmarital and separation agreements
  • Enforcement of orders and agreements. 

Robin is an active member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, having served on the Association’s Board of Governors and as chair of the Family Law Section. She is active in her community and church, currently serving on the Staff-Parrish Relations Committee and Church Council of her church, and on the board for the UNC Law School Alumni Association. She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and serves as both a mediator, arbitrator, and parenting coordinator in numerous other family law cases.

Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Robin graduated from Reynolds High School, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina School of Law. She and her husband, Mike, have four adult children and one grandchild.

Education

Duke University (B.A., cum laude, 1981)

The University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill (J.D., 1984), Holderness Moot Court Bench

Bar & Court Admittance

1984, North Carolina State Bar

United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

United States Supreme Court.

Certified by N.C. State Bar as Specialist in Family Law since November 1991.

Certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as Mediator for Superior Court.

Completed 24 hours of training as a Parenting Coordinator.

Professional & Community Activities

Current

Forsyth County Bar Association

Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

Personnel Committee, North Carolina Bar Association and Foundation

Oversight Committee, North Carolina Bar Foundation

Family Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Staff-Parish Relations Committee (Chair) and Church Council, Centenary United Methodist Church

Board member, UNC Law School Alumni Association

past

Dispute Resolution Council of the North Carolina Bar Association

Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court 

Associations’ Finance Committee and Board Liaison to the Family Law Section, Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association

Chair, Vice Chair, Council member, Family Forum editor, Homepage editor, Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association

President, president elect, vice president, treasurer, secretary, Forsyth County Bar Association/21st Judicial District 

Chairman and member, 21st Judicial District Bar Ethics and Grievance Committee 

Chairman of the Endowment Committee, North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc.

Past president, N.C. Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Development Committee, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc.

Chairperson and board member, The Children’s Law Center of Northwest North Carolina 

Board member, Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina

Board of Trustees, Centenary Methodist Church 

Chair and board member, The Montessori School

Board of Directors, Northwest Child Development Council, Inc. 

Duke University Annual Fund, Class of 1981

Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi

Awards

James E. Cross, Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Board of Legal Specialization of the North Carolina State Bar, 2007

YWCA Women of Vision Leadership Award, 2002 and 2009.

The Best Lawyers in America® in Family Law and Family Law Mediation by Woodard/White (2007 – Present) being recognized by her Greensboro-based colleagues and again by her colleagues in Winston-Salem

Best Lawyers’ 2014, 2015 and 2016 Greensboro Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”

Business North Carolina magazine Legal Elite - North Carolina's Most Effective Lawyers for Family Law (2008 – Present)

Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and Charlotte Magazine in the area of Family Law and listed in the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” in North Carolina and the “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” in North Carolina, from 2006 to present.

AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell 

Writing & Lecturing Experience

NC Bar Foundation, Speaker at February 2016 Dispute Resolution Annual Meeting on "Mediation in Family Law Cases";

NC Bar Foundation, Speaker at November 2015 and February 2016 Intensive Family Law Seminar on “Imputing Income in Alimony and Child Support Cases”;

Advocates for Justice, Speaker at February 2015 Seminar on The Trifecta: Litigating a Family Law Case on “Evidence and Objections”;

N.C. Bar Foundation, Speaker at February 2013 Dispute Resolution Seminar on “Family Law Mediation—To Be or Not to  Be”;

NC Bar Foundation, Speaker at November 2014 and 2012 Seminars on The Modern Family Seminar on “Client Contact and Management”; 

Advocates for Justice, Speaker at February 2012 Seminar on Discovery in Family Law; 

N.C. Bar Foundation, Speaker at February 2012 and October 2011  Intensive Equitable Distribution Seminar on “Third Party Issues in Complex Financial Cases”;  

Advocates for Justice 2010 Seminar on Trial Method, Speaker on “Direct Examination: Show Them Your Client’s Story”;  

N.C. Bar Foundation, Speaker at 2010 N.C.BA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, 2011 NCBA Legal Assistants Division Annual Meeting, 2012 NCBA Workers’ Compensation Section Annual Meeting, and 2012 AAML Southern Chapter Retreat:  “Ethics: Managing the Generation Gap in Technology”; 

N.C. Bar Foundation, 2010 Seminar on “50 Top Cases to Know,” Speaker on “Family Law Agreements”; 

North Carolina Family Law Specialists 2009 Seminar, Speaker on “Hot Issues In Evidence and Civil Procedure”; 

N. C. Bar Foundation, Speaker at 2009 Annual Meeting of Alternate Dispute Resolution Section on “Family Financial Overview”;  

N. C. Bar Foundation, Speaker at Estate Planning and Probate Survey Seminar in 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1996, 1994, and 1991 on "Safeguarding Assets against Marital Breakdown and Divorce”;  

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:   Speaker at 2007 Family Law Seminar on “Civil Procedure Issues in Family Law Cases”;   

N.C. Bar Foundation, February 17, 2005 on “The Use and Abuse of Private Investigators and Wiretaps and Other Means of Investigation”; 

N.C. Bar Foundation, Speaker at November 2005 and February 2006 Intensive Equitable Distribution Seminar on “HIPAA and Obtaining Medical Records in Domestic Cases”; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 2005 and 2006 General Practice Seminar on “Family Law Warnings for the General Practitioner”; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 2005 and 2006 Family Law Seminar on “Third Party Issues In Family Law Cases”; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 2004 N.C. Bar Foundation’s Family Law Seminar on “Civil Procedure Issues In Family Law Cases”; 

N.C. Bar Association, Speaker at 2004 Evidentiary Issues in Child Custody Cases:  Hot Topics in Family Law Seminar on “Evidentiary Issues In Child Custody Cases – Cutting Through the Red Tape”;

“How to Practice Family Law in North Carolina” seminar, Half-moon, Inc., on “Preparing for and Appearing at Mediation and Trial” 2004; 

Forsyth County Bar Association 2003, Adoption Law Case Update; 

N.C. Bar Association, “Petitions, Motions and Extraordinary Writs in Appellate Courts”, 2003; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 2003 Equitable Distribution Seminar on “Jurisdiction and Third Parties”; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 2002 Family Law Seminar on “Third Party Issues 2002”;  

N.C. Bar Association:  Speaker at 2001 Family Law Intensive Seminar on “Really, What is Marital Debt”;  

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 2001 Family Law Seminar on “Third Party Custody and Grandparent Rights”; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 2000 Equitable Distribution Seminar on "Personal Jurisdiction and Other Issues"; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 1998 and 1995 Family Law Litigation Seminar on "Discovery:  Obtaining Documents and Information";  

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 1997 Equitable Distribution Seminar on "To Join or Not to Join: Third Parties in Equitable Distribution Cases”; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 1996 Family Law Litigation Seminar on "Selected Evidentiary and Procedural Issues in Domestic Cases"; 

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at 1995 Family Law Litigation Seminar on "Discovery: Obtaining Documents and Information”;  

N.C. Bar Association:  Speaker at 1995 Annual Family Law Section Meeting, Charleston, S.C., on "Depositions Upon Written Questions”; 

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers:  Speaker at January 1995, Family Law Seminar, Midpines, N.C. on "Preparing and Using Exhibits in Domestic Litigation";

N.C. Bar Association:  Speaker at Intensive Equitable Distribution Seminar in Charlotte, N.C., in December 1993, and in Durham, N.C. in February 1994, on "Is Personal/Professional Goodwill Marital Property?  A Survey of Case Law on the Valuation of Professional/ Personal Goodwill versus Business/Practice Goodwill”;  

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers:  Speaker at Annual Practical Trial Skills Seminar in Raleigh, N.C., in November 1993, presented paper on "Trial Problems in Domestic Litigation”;  

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at Practical Family Law Seminar in Raleigh, N.C., on September 23, 1993, on "Civil Procedure, Discovery and Motion Practice in Family Law Cases”;  

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:   Speaker at Practical Legal Ethics Seminar in Raleigh, N.C., 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1998 on Ethical and Professional Issues in the Family Law Practice;

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers:  Course Planner for 1992 Family Law Seminar in Raleigh, N.C..    

Wake Forest University School of Law CLE:  Speaker at Family Law Symposium in Raleigh, N.C., on August 22, 1991, on Expert Witnesses in Domestic Cases; co-authored with Joslin Davis "Chapter 15, Expert Witnesses in North Carolina Family Law Practice Manual," Rev. Ed. 1991, published by Wake Forest University CLE.  

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers:  Speaker at Annual Legal Assistants Seminar, July 26, 1991 on "Child Support”;  

National Business Institute:  Speaker at "Family Law in North Carolina Seminar" in Greensboro, N.C., on March 20, 1991.