ABOUT US

At Payne Law, PLLC we honor Courage and Integrity, and echo these values in all of our professional interactions. Since we focus on family law, we know we’re dealing with sensitive issues like divorce and child custody that require a level of delicacy and privacy. We believe that our clients deserve convenient legal representation, so we offer payment plans, can travel to meet our clients, and don’t stop working until our clients are satisfied with the outcome.

Payne Law, PLLC Family Law Divorce Child Custody Location

Ron Payne founded Payne Law, PLLC, in Kernersville, October 2011 to provide affordable legal service to his community. In August 2014, Mr. V. Tate Davis and Payne Law, PLLC opened a new location in Boone to expand our affordable and professional services to more people. We hope to expand to a physical office in Alamance County in 2016 as well!

Our Dedicated Team

OUR TEAM

In Kernersville & Graham, you will meet Mr. Payne, Ms. Sigler, our legal assistant Mary and our office manager, Ellen.

Ron Payne Founder & Senior Managing Partner of Payne Law, PLLC Divorce Child Custody Domestic Violence Legal Services

Ronald D. Payne II
Founder & Senior Managing Partner

Mr. Payne is passionate about providing his clients with high-quality representation at an affordable price. No one should lose custody of their child or give up their home in a divorce because they couldn’t spend thousands of dollars on their representation. He has experience working with families who are suffering hard times and is passionate about helping them through it. When he’s not fighting for his clients or volunteering his time, he enjoys the escape of a good ‘ole camping trip!

Appalachian State University, B.M.Ed.
Music Education and Euphonium Performance

Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.
Licensed in North Carolina
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

Dean’s Fellow, Wake Forest University School of Law

Research Assistant to Dean Morant, Wake Forest University School of Law

Articles Editor – Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law

Research Assistant to Professor Lentz, Wake Forest University School of Law

Research Assistant to Professor Coughlin, Wake Forest University School of Law

Intern, Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office

Intern, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education

Assistant Director for Operations / Administration, Wake Forest Athletic Bands
Past-President, Wake Forest Independent, Inc.
Board of Advisors, ECPI Criminal Justice Program
Performer, Piedmont Wind Symphony
Former High School Band Director
Former Church Music Director

Kerri L. Sigler
Attorney

As a lawyer, Kerri is a  zealous and highly effective advocate and represents her diverse clients with passion and humanity.  Having worked both as a civil litigator and a public defender, Kerri has represented everyone from the Fortune 500 company to the homeless man under the bridge, and fought for both with equal zeal. She is fearless in the courtroom.  As a human being, Kerri is a class clown; an iconoclast; the mom of an adopted, autistic, 5-year old son; a rescuer of pets; a world-saver; an eloquent and passionate speaker; a book nerd; an old soul; a person of eclectic interests; a quick learner and a quicker wit. If she doesn’t know how to do it, she learns.  In her spare time, she reads, grows a garden, builds furniture and rocking horses, golfs, watches sports, and cheers at her son’s accomplishments.  In a past life, she worked in theatre and opera, traveled the world, and volunteered for the American Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina and for three years with Habitat For Humanity in Honduras.

Elon University, B.A.
B.A. Theatre Arts & Political Science, cum laude

Elon University School of Law, J.D.
Licensed in North Carolina
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina & U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Forsyth County Office of the Public Defender, Winston-Salem, NC
Assistant Public Defender
– District and Superior Court Criminal Defense; Juvenile Defense; Mental Health Treatment Court

Wait Law, PLLC Winston-Salem, NC
Partner

– Civil Litigation, Collections, Construction Law, and ESC Appeals (employer & employee)

Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler, LLP High Point, NC
Litigation Associate May 2010 – Jan 2013
– Civil litigation, Collections, Construction Law, Civil Appeals, ESC Appeals

Sigler Law, PLLC Greensboro, NC
Owner / Attorney November 2009 – May 2010
– General practice law firm focusing on Employment Security Commission (ESC) Appeals

Ward Black Law Greensboro, NC
Trial Preparation Assistant: Complex Mass Torts August 2009 – November 2009
– Prepared, researched and reviewed discovery requests, medical malpractice and personal injury claims

Immigration Reform Law Institute Washington, D.C.
Legal Intern & Summer Associate May 2008 – May 2009
– Researched and analyzed various points of law in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the country

Legal Aid of North Carolina Greensboro, NC
Legal Assistant: Consumer Law August 2007
– Assisted clients in matters pertaining to consumer law, including banking, mortgages and exemptions

North Carolina Bar Association

North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Chair: Juvenile Defense Subcommittee)

Advocate on the frontline of the battle against heroin addiction and mental health issues in Forsyth County

Mary Downing Legal Assistant of Payne Law PLLC Family Law Services Divorce Child Custody

Mary Downing
Legal Assistant

Mary has been the Legal Assistant for the Payne Law, PLLC firm since its founding in October, 2011. When she’s not busy at the law firm, she teaches private lessons on double reeds (oboe and bassoon), and serves as a highly qualified domestic engineer in Kernersville for her husband and children. In addition to taking care of the firm’s clients, Mary is quite the country girl and is an adept canner, gardener, and super-mom. She also crochets, and if you ask nicely, she might even show you some of her awesome creations at the office. 

Education
Appalachian State University, B.M.Ed. Music Education

Guilford Tech, Paralegal Coursework

Civic Involvement
Soccer  |  Oboe & Bassoon Lessons

Ellen Stone Office Manager of Payne Law PLLC Family Law Services Divorce Child Custody

Ellen Stone
Office Manager

Ellen has joined the firm as the Office Manager for the Payne Law, PLLC firm in April 2016. Ellen has over 10 years management experience in various businesses. Outside the law firm she enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, cooking new foods, and playing with her three nephews and two nieces. Ellen considers herself an old soul and loves vintage clothing, old movies, and taking historical tours.

Tate Davis Of Counsel of Payne Law PLLC Family Law Services Divorce Domestic Violence

Mr. V. Tate Davis, Esq.
Of Counsel, Boone Office

Carroll Community College, A.A.
Frostburg State University, B.S. Political Science & Justice Studies
Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.
Licensed in North Carolina
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Associate Attorney, Craige, Brawley, Liipfert & Walker, LLP
Associate Attorney, Law Office of James W. Partin
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina
Principal, Davis Elder & Disability Law Services
Of Counsel, H. Randolph Fallin Law Firm

Avvo Top Contributor Award, 2013 & 2014
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, National Security Law
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Research and Writing
Honor Graduate, Justice Studies Program
Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
Southwest Asia Service Medal – 3 stars, U.S.M.C.
National Defense Service Medal, U.S.M.C.

Simple Power of Attorney – Not So Simple, Legal Aid of North Carolina CLE, 2009
Basics of Medicaid, National Business Institute Seminar, 2007
Qualifying A Client For Medicaid, National Business Institute Seminar, 2007
Beginning the Medicaid Process, National Business Institute Seminar, 2007
Elder Law & Advance Medical Directives, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation CLE, 2006
Elder Law & The Deficit Reduction Act – What’s Left?, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation CLE, 2006
Basics of North Carolina Medicaid, Lorman Education Services, 2006
Elder Law: You’re Bound to Encounter It So Here’s How to Prepare, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation CLE, 2006
How to Protect an Elderly Client’s Assets, National Business Institute Seminar, 2006
Basics of Elder Law, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation CLE, 2005

Legal Issues Affecting Seniors, 2014
Have You Updated Your Estate Plan?, 2014
Challenges of Paying for Nursing Home Care Without Going Broke, 2013
Legal Issues of Interest to Seniors, 2013
Essential Estate Planning for Seniors, 2012
Caregiver Compensation & Estate Planning, 2012
Abuse of Powers of Attorney, 2012
Powers of Attorney & Caregiver Compensation, 2012
Advance Directives, 2012
Wills and Basic Estate Planning, 2011, 2010, 2009
How to Obtain Your North Carolina Divorce, 2010, 2009
Child Custody in North Carolina, 2010
Assisting Patients with Medicaid & SSI Eligibility, 2009
Fundamental Issues in Elder Law, 2006

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