Attorney Nancy Black Norelli Standing By the Door

Nancy Black Norelli is a former District Court Judge who brings over 30 years of legal experience - including dozens of jury trials - to her work. In addition, she has been a visiting lecturer at Davidson College, UNC-Charlotte and the Charlotte School of Law. She is a frequent speaker before professional groups on topics of estate planning, estate administration, tax, and ethics. Nancy is also heavily involved in the community through volunteerism and pro bono work, is a founding member of Good Friends and on the boards of a number of local charities, including the American Cancer Society where she is a breast cancer survivor speaker. In addition, Nancy shares her legal knowledge through the mentoring of young lawyers.


  • Emergency District Court Judge - held court in 15 counties; sought after to handle difficult cases

  • District Court Judge - served 8 years (appointed and then elected twice without opposition)

  • Presided over 60 civil jury trials; 1,000 Family Court matters, including equitable distribution, divorce, alimony, child custody and support; 300 juvenile cases; 7,000 DWI cases.

  • Nancy Black Norelli, PLLC - AV rated firm, which was acquired by McGuireWoods when Judge Norelli took office

  • Norelli & Company - Family Business Advisor

  • Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman - Partner in charge of Estate Planning and Administration


  • 2018 Inductee of the NCBA's Hall of Fame

  • Lawyers Weekly's 2018 Inaugural Hall of Fame

  • Preeminent Women Lawyers in America

  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

  • 2016 Citizen Lawyer by the North Carolina Bar Association

  • The Mecklenburg Times' "Most Influential Women of 2014"

  • "Outstanding Firm Service Award" at 2014 Pro Bono Awards ceremony

  • Honoree of the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's 2012 Women of Justice Awards

  • 2012 North Carolina's Top Rated Lawyers

  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's "2011 Leaders in the Law" - Leaders in the Law recognizes 25 distinguished lawyers who are working to better the legal profession through mentoring and involvement within their community.

  • Speaker at national, state, and local continuing legal education programs 


  • Wellesley College, B.A. with Honors

  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., Graduation Speaker 


  • Federal Mediator 

  • Superior Court Mediator

  • Family Financial Mediator

  • Estates and Guardianship Mediator

  • Juvenile Court Judge


  • NC State Bar Council, regulatory arm of the NC State Bar

  • Ethics Committee, NC State Bar

  • Greivance Committee Chair, NC State Bar - Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee

  • Board of Governors, NCBA

  • President, Mecklenburg County Bar

  • Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the NCBA

  • Estate Planning Council Section of the NCBA

  • Editor, The Peacemaker, NCBA publication

  • Chief Justice's Access to Justice Commission

  • Chair, Publications Advisory Board, NC State Bar


  • Access to Justice Campaign - Chair, 2015 - 2016

  • Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont - Director, 2010 - 2017; Vice Chair, 2016 - 2017

  • Carolina Breast Friends Advisory Board and "Star" for Fundraiser 

  • Charlotte Merchants Foundation - Director, 2000 – 2017; Board Chair, 2009 – 2011

  • American Cancer Society “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” - Honorary Chair, 2003

  • American Cancer Society Advisory Board - Member, 2003 – 2009

  • Good Friends - Director/Executive Committee/Founder, 1987 – 2012; Trustee, 2012 - Present

  • Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Council, Inc. - Executive Committee, 1995 –1998

  • Hospice at Charlotte, Inc. - Director, 1988 – 1990

  • First Presbyterian Church - Elder; Deacon; Sunday School Teacher

  • Conflicts with the Gloves Off-Participation in the seminar at the beginning of the Miles Post


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