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About the Firm

Welcome to Smith Debnam Law, a multi-practice law firm with over 50 years of experience helping clients resolve legal issues.

Why Smith Debnam

Our firm provides comprehensive legal services to individuals, families, and businesses across North and South Carolina. We have a team of experienced attorneys who are focused on a variety of practice areas, including, but not limited to, divorce and family law, litigation, creditors’ rights, personal representation, and transactional and advisory services.

Our multi practice approach allows us to offer our clients a one-stop shop for all their legal needs. They don’t need to go to multiple law firms for different legal needs, they can establish a relationship with one firm they trust, saving them time and money.


We understand that legal issues can be complex and often cross multiple practice areas.
Therefore, our attorneys work together to ensure that our clients receive the best possible outcome.

Our Extensive Experience

Our extensive experience gives us the knowledge and resources to handle even the most challenging legal issues. We understand that every case is unique, and we take the time to get to know our clients and their specific needs. Our goal is to provide personalized, effective, and efficient legal representation. As we continue to pursue that goal, we recognize that simply knowing the law is not enough. Our attorneys are tops in their areas of practice, well-regarded by their peers, and in many instances board certified.

Our Commitment Goes Beyond Cases and Courts.

At Smith Debnam, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients and our ability to help them navigate the legal system. We believe that solving our clients’ problems begins with a true understanding of our clients themselves. The people and companies that put their legal needs in our care deserve to work with professionals who are invested, easy to talk to, and responsive as a rule, not as an afterthought. Only by putting in the time and effort to learn about their situations, can we craft the best, most equitable solutions possible.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let us help you resolve your legal challenge

In the meantime, we invite you to get to know us. Browse our practice areas, discover our history, and refer to our attorneys’ articles and insights for topics that might interest you.

Find out what gives Smith Debnam its reputation for first-rate client service and professional know-how.

Leadership and Key Staff

At Smith Debnam, we pride ourselves on having a high-performance leadership team that sets the standard for excellence in the legal industry. Comprised of seasoned attorneys and industry experts, our team is dedicated to providing unparalleled service and results for our clients. With a deep understanding of the legal landscape and a commitment to staying at the forefront of industry developments, our leaders are equipped to tackle the most complex and challenging cases with skill and precision.

Whether you’re a large corporation or an individual needing legal representation, our leadership team has the experience, expertise, and drive to help you achieve your goals. Trust us to guide you through any legal matter with confidence and success.

  • Core Values at Smith Debnam

Our Commitment to
Diversity and Inclusion

Smith Debnam is committed to creating a work environment that provides a welcoming and professional atmosphere, promotes equality, and values each individual’s unique contributions. This priority is integral to our vision and culture, strengthening our ability to deliver quality legal services to clients. Accordingly, we recruit without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We foster an inclusive and collaborative team environment that values the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of our colleagues, clients, and community.

Office Locations


4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 400
Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone:   919.250.2000
Fax:   919.250.2100


171 Church Street, Suite 120C
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone:   843.714.2530
Fax:   843.714.2541

What Our Clients Say

Smith Debnam is comprised of attorneys of excellent legal talent. Work is performed both expertly and timely. This firm is able to address a wide variety of legal services. If I find myself in need of additional legal services, I will not hesitate to go to Smith Debnam.

— Mike Z.

What Our Clients Say

Kristin Ruth took the time to listen to ‘our story’ and ideas for an updated custody agreement. She then gave us invaluable, seasoned advice on the best path to take and how to move forward from there. Our cases were challenging to say the least and faced formidable opposition. No matter the question, we were given timely responses which helped give us the confidence and reassurance needed in this extremely stressful time.

— P. Long

What Our Clients Say

Rose Stout is an excellent attorney and an extraordinary human being.  Divorce is tough; mine was particularly contentious and emotionally draining.  Throughout, she maintained her composure and level of professionalism and respect for the law that was inspiring. She has the admiration and esteem of her fellow attorneys even those who are opposing counsel.  All the while, she was emotionally supportive to my girls and me at a very difficult time. I recommend her without reservation to anyone with a family law concern.

— E. Baker

What Our Clients Say

Thank you doesn’t seem sufficient to express how appreciative I am of Rose Stout and her time. I will never forget our first meeting when she listened to me and conveyed that I was not simply billable hours. I continue to be moved by her kindness and decency. While I don’t know if I will ever be able to repay either, I hope if one day I can be of service, she will let me know. Thank you, Rose, for helping me reclaim the first day of the rest of my life and many other days to follow.

— Marie M.

What Our Clients Say

The way Kristin Ruth prepared us for court and the attention to detail was unparalleled. She effectively and thoroughly prepared us for whatever challenges lied ahead while also reassuring us that whatever happened would be in the best interest of the children. I strongly believe that Kristin’s seasoned experience, unparalleled professionalism, and dedicated hard work are the reasons why our children are now in a better environment, and I would highly recommend Smith Debnam to anyone seeking the same.

— N. Long

What Our Clients Say

I went to Smith Debnam after separating from my wife. Meet John Narron, I told him my story and based on that he told me exactly what my ex was entitled to. Later I was Passed to Max Rodden to represent me. My Ex was represented by a deceptive liar that told her she was entitled to so much more. Only after her dragging things out and lining her pockets Max advised mediation. Then and only then my Ex was told the truth by the Mediator. It was a long day but we were able to wrap things up.

— J. Price
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At Smith Debnam, we are more than just lawyers.

We are problem solvers, negotiators, and trusted advisors for our clients. Contact us today to experience the Smith Debnam difference.

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