I am Stephanie Irvine. If you are expecting a red head in a power suit and pumps, you may be disappointed. I’ll keep the red hair, but I much prefer my jeans over the power suit. I am much more productive when I’m comfortable.
Jeans are efficient. They get the job done without unnecessary drama or expense. It is my nature to try to find a way to get issues resolved as efficiently as possible. When two reasonable people both want to resolve their disagreement, it can be resolved. I like to help people to find creative solutions to difficult situations. Many controversies can be settled out of court in a friendly and productive atmosphere. In my experience, my clients are far happier with this outcome.
However, when the other party or their attorney refuses to take the blue jeans approach, then we all have to put on our power suits. I have spent many hours in court presenting and arguing my clients’ cases. I’m very comfortable in that atmosphere. Clients find going to court to be stressful and costly. Being in a courtroom is the easiest part of my job. I present my client’s evidence, but the burden is on the judge to determine what the parties will have to do. Unfortunately, litigation is the most expensive option for my clients and can also be the most time consuming.
I always try to find the blue jeans solution first. My client and I will explore all of the settlement possibilities and try to work amicably with the other party. However, if that approach is unsuccessful, then we put on our power suits and go see a judge. After 25 years as a litigating attorney, I have learned that the happiest clients are those who are able to be a part of fashioning their own resolutions.
The Fine Print:
- Admitted to N.C. State Bar 1988
- Admitted to Virginia State Bar 1989
- Admitted to Practice before the following Courts:
- All state courts in North Carolina & Virginia
- Federal District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator since 2005
- North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Virginia State Bar
- Second Judicial District Bar
- Martin County Bar
- North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association