Jennifer K. Payne is a family law attorney who has been practicing in Winston-Salem and the surrounding communities since 2010, when she was admitted to the North Carolina Bar. Ms. Payne is a member of the Forsyth County and North Carolina Bar Associations, as well as the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. She is a certified family financial mediator and has great interest in other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative law, arbitration, and the use of Parenting Coordinators in high-conflict custody cases. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Phoenix Rising of Winston-Salem, Inc., which is the fundraising arm of Drug Treatment Court in Forsyth County.
Ms. Payne is a 2010 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law. During law school, she served as a guardian ad litem in Forsyth County, advocating for the best interests of children in high-conflict child custody cases as well as abuse, neglect, and dependency cases in juvenile court. Ms. Payne continues her work on behalf of children and adults as a guardian ad litem in both child custody court and juvenile court.
Ms. Payne graduated from North Carolina Central University summa cum laude with a degree in history and a minor in political science in 2005. She completed her coursework toward her master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2007, where she studied public history and performed the survey work that served as the basis for the Town of Davidson, North Carolina, to be accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys raising service dogs as a volunteer puppy-raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, cooking, reading, and gardening.