Max Rodden joined Smith Debnam’s family law practice in Raleigh after practicing for over 15 years in a more rural area of North Carolina. He takes a practical approach to family law by helping clients understand how to minimize the expense and animosity when dealing with family issues while guiding them toward reasonable decisions with their family’s overall best interests in mind.

Max is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He represents clients in all aspects of family law including absolute divorce, child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, name change, adoption, post-marital agreements, pre-marital agreements, annulment, grandparent custody and visitation, termination of parental rights, abuse and neglect proceedings, divorce from bed and board, legitimization, paternity, domestic violence and marital torts. Max has extensive trial experience and has represented clients at all levels of North Carolina courts including district, superior, special proceedings, juvenile, small claims, administrative proceedings, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.Max has participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations in family law and other civil litigation cases. He has also appeared in bankruptcy court to protect creditor rights of family law clients. Max’s accolades include being listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers and Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite.

Get to Know Max

What was your first job?

“My first job was working at my parents’ retail furniture store.”

What or who inspired you to go to law school?

“I can think of a few specific attorneys in my hometown who helped me to make the decision to go to law school and become an attorney.”

 What do you enjoy most about your job?

“I enjoy the challenge that each new case brings and the satisfaction of winning a trial after all the hours of hard work.”

Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of North Carolina
Education
  • J.D., Wake Forest University Law School, 1991
  • B.S. Business, cum laude, Wake Forest University, 1985
Certifications Professional Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association; Family Law Section, Co-Chair Alimony Committee and Equitable Distribution Committee; Law-Related Education Committee; Former editor of the Family Forum
  • Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar;  Professionalism Committee, 2010-Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice; Family Law Section
  • Leadership Raleigh, Class of 2012
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Christian Legal Society, Member
  • Business Leaders Club, Member
  • Primerus International Society of Law Firms, Family Law Practice Group
Awards & Recognition
  • Selected as 2014 Business North Carolina Legal Elite for Family Law
  • Listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers –  2015, 2016, 2017
Civic Involvement
  • Open Door Baptist Church
  • The Healing Place
  • Thomasville Jaycees, Thomasville, NC; Life member
  • Highwoods Kiwanis Club, Raleigh NC
Published Articles
  • The Hague Convention and International Child Abduction, Legal Insights, October 2008
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