Patra A. Sinner – Board Certified Family Law Specialist
I have been practicing almost exclusively in the area of family law since 2003 and obtained my specialist certification in the area of family law in 2008. Unlike other attorneys who immediately knew family law was the right choice for them, it took me some time to reach that conclusion. I always say that family law found me.
After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration, I tried a number of different career paths. This exploration led me through retail management, teaching high school, administration on a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical construction project, and various facets of the entertainment industry before I settled into law school back at University of South Carolina in 2000 with the hopes of becoming an entertainment attorney.
I clerked with a solo practitioner in Columbia in the areas of criminal defense and sports & entertainment law for my last two years of law school. The experience was eye opening. I began to understand that while some areas of law could be rewarding, there were some practices that were much more impactful. I had the opportunity to assist in the early stages with the inception of an Innocence Project in South Carolina to assist those with claims of wrongful convictions. I knew then that I wanted to assume a role where I could draw on all of the life experiences I had gathered and not only be an attorney, but a counselor to those in need of legal assistance.
I became dually licensed in North and South Carolina after graduating from law school. I accepted a position with a Charlotte firm after graduating from law school in 2003. Although I had not gone there with the expectation of becoming a family law attorney, it was there I was asked to work on my first family law case and it was there I gained the foundation of becoming a family law attorney. I quickly learned that family law necessitates a breadth of experience, understanding, and compassion. Much to my surprise, I found that family law entailed all of the qualities I had been seeking. Family law attorneys are called upon to understand, collaborate with, and implement the tools of many other professions and practice areas from psychology to business litigation to real estate and everything in between.
Each case is unique and each client deserves our thoughtful consideration of their circumstances. I have often had clients say to me, “I bet this is the craziest thing you have heard.” There is no such thing. I am here to help, to understand, to listen, and most of all, give you the insight you need into the legal process to make informed decisions. One of the first things I ask my clients to do is prepare a narrative of the history of their case and share their goals with me. I want to understand the client’s past experiences and what their wish list may be for themselves and their family moving forward. I want to help the client try to resolve their most immediate and pressing concerns, as well as try to plan for their future, in the most efficient and dignified manner. Sometimes these issues can seem insurmountable and overwhelming. Developing and implementing a plan that the client participates in developing can help mitigate the anxiety and stress that often accompanies change to the family unit. I look forward to continuing this journey of assisting clients to address the changes to their families, in whatever form that family or change may entail, with the great group of attorneys at Sodoma Law, P.C.
FAMILY COURT TASK FORCE
Ms. Sinner is involved in the Family Court Task Force. Mecklenburg County’s Trial Court Administrator, Todd Nuccio, formed this small group of people to act as a task force to evaluate and review the operation of Family Court and its administration.
- University of South Carolina, B.S. Business Administration (Management), 1995
- University of South Carolina School of Law, 2003
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- NC Family Law Specialist Certification
Honors & Associations
- Former Council Member to the North Carolina Bar Council Family Section
- Mecklenburg County Bar Family Law Section
- Mecklenburg County Bar Family Law Section speaker. “How to Utilize Experts in a Litigation Case: Who Hires, Why, Work Product, etc.”
- Former Co-Chair of Mecklenburg County Family Law Section
- North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Equitable Distribution
- Separation Agreements
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Post-Separation Support
- Premarital Agreements
- Postnuptial Agreements
- Equitable Apportionment