Suzanne Reynolds

Suzanne Reynolds

Dean Emerita

Suzanne Reynolds is widely respected for her scholarship and teaching about family law and for her public service. She was a principal drafter of statutes that modernized the law of both alimony and of adoption, and she co-founded a domestic violence program that received national recognition by the ABA for providing legal assistance to the poor. Suzanne authored a three-volume treatise on North Carolina family law that has become the authoritative source for law students, lawyers, and judges. Her empirical work has focused on outcomes in high conflict custody disputes. She was the recipient of a Distinguished Woman of the Year award presented by Governor Hunt in 1998 and of the Gwyneth B. Davis award for Public Service presented by N.C. Association of Women Attorneys in 1996. Suzanne was a candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court in November 2008, narrowly losing her bid for that seat. Before teaching, she practiced civil litigation at Smith, Moore, Smith, Schell & Hunter (now Smith Moore Leatherwood.) She and her husband, Robert (Hoppy) Elliot, who is a partner in the law firm of Elliot Morgan Parsonage, have three adult children: Michael, Caroline, and Lillie.Read more »


  • JD, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1977
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976
  • BA, Meredith College, 1971



  • Annual Supplements for Lee's North Carolina Family Law (annually, 1993-2016) (2016).
  • Lee's North Carolina Family Law, Vols. 1, 2, and 3 (Lexis Nexis 2008).

Book Chapters

  • Chapter 11: The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements (1997 Supplement) (1997).



  • Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
  • Representing Victims of Domestic Violence (October 5, 2012).
  • North Carolina Family Law, Lecture, manuscript, and teaching materials for BarBri, Inc., annually from 1994 - 2008 (May 2008).
  • Case Update on Family Law (May 2008).
  • Case Update on Family Law (October 2006).
  • National Trends in the Appreciation of Separate Property (October 2004).
  • Custody Update (October 2003).
  • National Trends in Family Law (July 2003).
  • Equitable Distribution (November 2002).
  • Premarital Agreements, Basics in Family Law (November 1992).


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Suzanne Reynolds
Contact Information

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Contracts
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility