Claire J. Samuels

Claire Samuels

For more than 12 years, Claire has practiced family law with a focus on premarital agreements, separation agreements, equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, child custody, alienation of affection and criminal conversation. Claire understands the impact a high-conflict divorce can have on children and she is committed to supporting and educating her clients about alternative resolutions that will empower them to resolve their legal disputes while preserving the civility that allows them to raise healthy and well-adjusted children. She is a certified Collaborative Law Attorney and a Member of the Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals. She also recently completed her training to become a certified Family Financial Mediator. Claire joined James, McElroy & Diehl in 2007 and became a partner in the firm in 2012. 

Claire’s passion for helping others extends beyond her legal practice. She is a dedicated philanthropist and is actively involved in several non-profit organizations throughout the Charlotte community. Currently, Claire serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Impact Fund, the Board of Directors for the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, the Board of Directors for the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation, and the Charlotte Community Leadership Council for the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. 

Claire was recently named a 2019 “North Carolina Leaders in the Law” honoree by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly for her work in the legal profession and in the community.

Academic Background

  • J.D., Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Missouri, 2002

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Missouri State Bar
  • Kansas State Bar


  • Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Women’s Impact Fund, Board of Directors, and Chair, Events & Logistics Committee
  • Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Charlotte Community Leadership Council
  • The Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, Board of Directors and Circle of Courage Member
  • Good Friends Charlotte, Member
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Past Chair of the Family Law Section
  • Charlotte Women’s Bar, Past Board Member
  • Charlotte Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Association of Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Nurse-Family Partnership-Care Ring, Past Member of the Community Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority
  • St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Professional Recognition

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, 2013

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