Stephanie Gibbs is an equity partner, a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, a certified Family Financial Mediator, and a parenting coordinator. Stephanie, who was an award-winning investigative reporter before earning her law degree, joined Gailor Hunt Davis Taylor & Gibbs in 2005 and has been a partner since 2014.
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 in foster care.
Stephanie is a Commissioner on the Chief Justice’s Family Court Advisory Commission, and previously served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Family Law Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. Stephanie also is a member of the Local Advisory Committee of The Child’s Advocate, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that seeks to give children a voice in high-conflict custody cases, as well as children who were victims or witnesses in criminal cases.
Stephanie prosecutes claims and defends clients in all aspects of family law, including: child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, child abuse and neglect, grandparent visitation and grandparent rights, premarital contracts, post-marital agreements, separation agreements, and business valuation. Stephanie also serves as a guardian ad litem for children in medical malpractice and personal injury 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. Stephanie was a member of the National Moot Court Team during law school, and she was recognized upon graduation for her pro bono service as a guardian ad litem for children in foster care.
Stephanie was appointed to the Family Court Advisory Committee in 2017. The Committee, now a Commission, 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 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.