Anna Claire Turpin


Anna Claire Turpin is an associate within the family law group at Smith Debnam. She represents clients in a variety of family law matters, including separation and divorce, child custody and support, alimony, equitable distribution, domestic violence, and termination of parental rights.

A graduate from Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Anna Claire was a member of the Campbell University Mock Trial Team where she received the Outstanding Advocate Award at the South Texas Mock Trial and won the school’s first National Championship at the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

Anna Claire is an alumna of Smith Debnam’s Summer Associate Program, which provides law students an opportunity to take their legal education beyond the classroom through hands-on experience and insight into the actual practice of law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and Wake County Bar Association.

Before joining the firm, Anna Claire worked at a criminal defense law firm in Raleigh and as a field representative for the former U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district Robert Hurt.

Anna Claire is licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina. She obtained her B.A. in International Affairs from James Madison University, with a minor in Arabic.

Get to Know Anna Claire

What’s one personality trait you feel makes you a good lawyer?

I work well under pressure. I believe in leaning into uncomfortable or challenging situations and using those opportunities to learn in ways that will benefit my clients. I am very methodical and constantly assessing the next step. I believe in being upfront with my clients because knowledge empowers them to make sound decisions – addressing tough questions and difficult realities are essential in a family law case.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the variety of my job—no two people, families, or circumstances are the same. In order to help others, I try to see both the similarities and unique aspects of a case to create outcomes that benefit my clients. The nature of my job means that people are coming to me at difficult times in their lives—it is my job to create a sense of security for them and to be a fierce advocate, but also a reasonable and transparent resource for them as well.

What do you enjoy outside of work?

I love a good book—anything from historical nonfiction to the latest fiction novel topping the NY Times Bestseller list; yoga, meditation, or a great workout class; and I’m always in search for the next best cup of coffee—no, Starbucks doesn’t count.

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2019
  • J.D., Campbell University School of Law, 2019
  • B.A., James Madison University, 2014, International Affairs
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • National Order of the Barristers
Award and Recognitions
  • 2018 South Texas Mock Trial Team Member, Outstanding Advocate
  • 2019 National American Association for Justice Mock Trial National Champion
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