Elise Putnam

Divorce & Family Law Attorney

Elise Putnam is a vastly experienced Family Law and Appellate attorney.  She has dedicated her career and practice to helping people throughout Western North Carolina. She received her law degree from Regent University School of Law, Cum Laude, in Virginia Beach and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.  She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the 28th Judicial District Bar.  

Selected as one of only a handful of lawyers to represent parents in juvenile appellate matters by NC Indigent Defense Services, Elise has handled numerous appeals and argued successfully before the highest courts in the state. Her meticulous attention to detail and high standard of client care make her an excellent choice in any family law matter. 

Elise is a Buncombe County native.  She is married with two children and a Great Dane dog. She enjoys hiking, cooking and reading, and travel.  She is a national park enthusiast and especially enjoys historic national park lodges. Elise joined GHMA | LAW at the beginning of 2020.

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EDUCATION

  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, VA
    Juris Doctor May 2006
    Cum Laude
    Honors: Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association-2006 Trial Advocacy Award
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    Bachelor of Science
    in Elementary Education December 2001
    Summa Cum Laude

ADMISSIONS:

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • All State Courts:
    • District Court
    • Superior Court
    • NC Court of Appeals
    • NC Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 2020

PRESENTATIONS:

  • “Drug Exposure in Children, Examining North Carolina Law Related to Substance Affected Infants and Children”, UNC School of Government, 2/2019
  • Presentations and Trainings to DSS Social Workers on Drafting Petitions, Creating Court Reports, and Courtroom Etiquette

OPINIONS:

PUBLISHED CASES

  • In re L.Z.A., 249 N.C. App., 792 S.E.2d 160, (2016) (Reversed and remanded in part/vacated in part)
  • In re L.C., 800 S.E.2d 82 (253 N.C. App. 67, (2017) (Affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded with instructions)

UNPUBLISHED

  • In re E.D.B., No. COA17-476 (N.C. Ct. App. Nov. 7, 2017) (Affirmed)
  • In re B.W.S., 796 S.E.2d 407, (N.C. Ct. App. 2017) (Affirmed)
  • In re P.M., 795 S.E.2d 832 (N.C. Ct. App. February 7, 2017)(Affirmed)
  • In re M.J.H., No. COA16-371 (N.C. Ct. App. November 15, 2016) (Affirmed)
  • In re A.C., No. COA17-181 (N.C. Ct. App. Aug. 1, 2017 (Vacated and remanded)
  • In re M.D.H., No. COA17-326 (N.C. Ct. App. Oct. 3, 2017) (Affirmed)
  • In re A.L.H., No. COA16-1251 (N.C. Ct. App. Sep. 5, 2017) (Vacated and remanded)
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Elise Putnam

Divorce & Family Law Attorney

Elise Putnam is a vastly experienced Family Law and Appellate attorney.  She has dedicated her career and practice to helping people throughout Western North Carolina. She received her law degree from Regent University School of Law, Cum Laude, in Virginia Beach and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.  She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the 28th Judicial District Bar.  

Selected as one of only a handful of lawyers to represent parents in juvenile appellate matters by NC Indigent Defense Services, Elise has handled numerous appeals and argued successfully before the highest courts in the state. Her meticulous attention to detail and high standard of client care make her an excellent choice in any family law matter. 

Elise is a Buncombe County native.  She is married with two children and a Great Dane dog. She enjoys hiking, cooking and reading, and travel.  She is a national park enthusiast and especially enjoys historic national park lodges. Elise joined GHMA | LAW at the beginning of 2020.

EDUCATION

  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, VA
    Juris Doctor May 2006
    Cum Laude
    Honors: Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association-2006 Trial Advocacy Award
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    Bachelor of Science
    in Elementary Education December 2001
    Summa Cum Laude

ADMISSIONS:

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • All State Courts:
    • District Court
    • Superior Court
    • NC Court of Appeals
    • NC Supreme Court

PRESENTATIONS:

  • “Drug Exposure in Children, Examining North Carolina Law Related to Substance Affected Infants and Children”, UNC School of Government, 2/2019
  • Presentations and Trainings to DSS Social Workers on Drafting Petitions, Creating Court Reports, and Courtroom Etiquette

OPINIONS:

PUBLISHED CASES

  • In re L.Z.A., 249 N.C. App., 792 S.E.2d 160, (2016) (Reversed and remanded in part/vacated in part)
  • In re L.C., 800 S.E.2d 82 (253 N.C. App. 67, (2017) (Affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded with instructions)

UNPUBLISHED

  • In re E.D.B., No. COA17-476 (N.C. Ct. App. Nov. 7, 2017) (Affirmed)
  • In re B.W.S., 796 S.E.2d 407, (N.C. Ct. App. 2017) (Affirmed)
  • In re P.M., 795 S.E.2d 832 (N.C. Ct. App. February 7, 2017)(Affirmed)
  • In re M.J.H., No. COA16-371 (N.C. Ct. App. November 15, 2016) (Affirmed)
  • In re A.C., No. COA17-181 (N.C. Ct. App. Aug. 1, 2017 (Vacated and remanded)
  • In re M.D.H., No. COA17-326 (N.C. Ct. App. Oct. 3, 2017) (Affirmed)
  • In re A.L.H., No. COA16-1251 (N.C. Ct. App. Sep. 5, 2017) (Vacated and remanded)

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