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Advocates for Your Family

Our client-centered approach puts you and your family first. We work with you and for you to protect what’s most important. Because it’s your life.

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We can do phone conferences or video conferences to help accommodate potential clients. We also continue to offer consults and are taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our clients coming into the office.

Our team of dedicated divorce lawyers prioritizes you and your family because we know what’s really important.

Shawna Collins


Shawna handles complex divorce cases, as well as municipal and civil litigation. Shawna will listen carefully to your situation and offer advice as to what she believes to be in your best interest. If your case can be handled effectively outside of court to minimize litigation expenses, she will make sure you are aware of that option. If your case needs to be litigated, Shawna will be an aggressive and effective advocate for you.

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Isla Tabrizi

Partner and Chief of Legal Development

Understanding that no two cases are exactly alike, Attorney Isla Tabrizi takes the time to keep her clients focused on the positives. Even in the midst of confusion, stress, and anxiety, she guides clients step-by-step.

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Candace Faircloth

Partner and Chief of Trial Strategy

Candace strives to provide the best support possible for those who find themselves in need of legal representation and believes that each client’s situation should be handled as if it were her own.

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Rebecca Watts

Partner and Chief Legal Officer

Attorney Becky Watts brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice. She is known for her efficiency in family law appellate work and is an experienced and effective mediator. Her hard work is indicative of what our firm offers.

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Jennifer Rodrigue

Senior Attorney & Regional Director, Lowcountry

With a background in psychology, I have an ever-growing interest in and dedication to helping and understanding those struggling with mental health, which is often a factor in family law. I understand the stress and emotional impact a divorce or custody action and the frustration of finding “a new normal.” I am committed to guiding my clients through the legal process with compassion and understanding.

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Christine Houston

Managing Attorney

My interest and commitment to the practice of family law stems from my own personal experience. Understand that the end of a marriage is not only devastating and stressful, but also has ripple effects throughout other areas of life. My primary goal is to help my clients navigate through this difficult time in their lives with patience, understanding, and compassion.

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Kathryn DeAngelo

Senior Counsel Elder Law

Kathryn Cook DeAngelo joined Collins Family & Elder Law Group in August 2021 as Senior Counsel to the Collins Elder Law practice division. She graduated from Marshall University, Huntington, WV, in 1968 with a B.A. in Business Education. She also has an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Prior to attending law school, Kathryn was a public school teacher and taught business/secretarial studies for twelve (12) years at DuVal High School in Prince George’s County, MD. In 1984 Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University Law School (NCCU Law}, Durham, NC.

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Melinda Taylor

Managing Attorney

Melinda has extensive experience advocating for clients who were victims of domestic violence. She has represented clients in custody, divorce, adoption, child support, separation, and birth certificate cases. Melinda has completed the South Carolina family law mediation course and has mediated many custody and divorce cases with simple and complex issues.

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Amber Morris

Managing Attorney

Amber R. Morris, Managing Attorney at Law, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where she was active in Kappa Delta Sorority. Upon graduation, Amber relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, with a corporate position with a national retailer. She attended Charlotte School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review, Women in Law, and served as a Teaching Assistant. She traveled to Tanzania with her Comparative Law class to study children’s rights and work in orphanages and group homes.

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Rebecca A. Daddino

Attorney at Law

Rebecca graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2017. She became licensed in North Carolina in 2017 and South Carolina in 2020. Rebecca was elected to serve on the NC & SC NAELA Boards for the upcoming year. She also serves on the NCBA Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law guardianship subcommittee and the SC Bar Elder Law Committee.

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Alexa Litt

Attorney at Law

Alexa grew up in Apex, NC, and attended UNC Charlotte for her undergraduate degree with a major in Criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She then went to Elon University School of Law where she was a member of the moot court board.

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Sarah Sykes

Attorney at Law

Sarah Sykes is a recent law school graduate from Mississippi College School of Law with a passion for family law. She is eager and excited to work with our team in our Dilworth office. Sarah believes in zealously advocating for every client who steps foot in our office.

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Madison Woschkolup

Attorney at Law

Madison Woschkolup grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University where she was a member of the Wake Forest Law Review.

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Jessica Brashear

Attorney at Law

Jessica Brashear is an attorney licensed to practice in North and South Carolina. She joined Collins Family & Elder Law Group as an Elder Law Attorney in 2023. She has a passion for people and a strong interest in working with individuals and families as they plan for the future.

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Danielle Kimble

Attorney at Law

Danielle Kimble is an attorney based in the Firm’s Summerville, South Carolina office and is licensed to practice in South Carolina. Danielle graduated from the Charleston School of Law in 2022.

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Ali Miller

Attorney at Law

Ali Miller is a skilled litigation and cooperative resolution attorney. She is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar and the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. She is also a Certified Parenting Coordinator who works to guide and assist in high-conflict custody cases. She received the Safe Alliance Commitment to Justice Award in 2015 for her dedication to victims of domestic violence. Ali represents clients in all areas of family law.

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Abby House

Law Clerk

Abby is based in the Firm’s Monroe office and frequently visits other offices for full collaboration. Abby currently works as a law clerk. Her goal is to assist attorneys and paralegals in their work, and she does so through communicating with clients, drafting and reviewing documents, and conducting legal research.

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Why Collins Family & Elder Law Group?

We work to protect your family.

When you work with our North and South Carolina lawyers, your priorities and the outcomes you want to see matter. We only want what is best for you and your family, and we know you may be coming to us during the most emotional, difficult time in your life. We will listen to you with compassionate understanding, and then aggressively fight for you if things end up in court.

  • Compassionate, understanding, and patient.
  • We care about you and your family and we will aggressively fight for you.
  • Our team is with you every step of the way, guiding you through complex legal issues impacting your family.

Who We Are

Advocates for your family.

The team at Collins Family & Elder Law Group brings more than 150 years of combined experience to North and South Carolina. Our team includes a board-certified family law specialist, a family financial mediator, and a licensed superior court mediator. We have the dedication and legal knowledge to find creative solutions that work for you and your family.

What We Do

Family lawyers who are with you every step of the way.

We boldly serve as your legal guides and protectors in all areas of family law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Since we exclusively handle family law cases, we have a unique understanding of the important laws and rights that can impact you and those you love most.

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