Stephanie Gibbs is an equity partner, a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and a former award-winning investigative reporter. She has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Before joining Gailor Hunt Jenkins Davis Taylor & Gibbs, PLLC, Stephanie was a criminal defense attorney in private practice with G. Bryan Collins, Jr., now a Superior Court Judge for the 10th Judicial District. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Martha A. Geer at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Before and during law school, Stephanie served as a guardian ad litem in Wake County, looking out for the best interests of abused and neglected kids. She is a member of the Local Advisory Council of The Child’s Advocate, a project of Legal Services of North Carolina, that seeks to give voice to children in high-conflict custody cases, or who may victims or witnesses in criminal cases.
In addition to representing clients in family law matters, Stephanie offers representation in criminal matters that may arise in domestic matters. Her ability to address both civil and criminal matters ensures that clients’ needs are fully met. Stephanie has represented clients in cases involving child abuse and neglect cases, and has represented minors in juvenile cases. She also has served as a guardian ad litem for injured children in medical malpractice cases.
In 2003, after working more than 20 years as an award-winning newspaper journalist – a career that included numerous investigative stories, as well as on-location coverage of the Persian Gulf War and the U.S. embargo against Cuba – Stephanie received her law degree from the University of North Carolina Law School at Chapel Hill. Stephanie was a member of the National Moot Court Team during law school and was recognized upon graduation for her pro bono service.
In June 2017, Stephanie was appointed by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin to the Family Court Advisory Commission, which was established in 1999 to guide the operation, enhancement and expansion of the North Carolina Family Court Program; advise the Chief Justice and other state court officials regarding Family Court issues; and to make recommendations regarding the Family Court Program and other court programs, such as the Guardian ad Litem program, Child Custody Mediation program, Juvenile Court Improvement Project and Family Drug Treatment Courts. Stephanie is also a DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator.