Raleigh Law Center


Raleigh Law Center is a boutique firm that can help you and your family resolve complex family law issues. We have proven success record in all aspects of family law including child custody & support, alimony, division of marital assets and debts, domestic violence restraining orders, separation & prenuptial agreements. We also offer wills, trusts and estate planning. In addition to settlement and litigation services, we offer certified parenting coordinator and mediation services. We are regulars at the courthouse and fight aggressively in court to protect you and your family’s rights.

Conveniently located in North Raleigh, right off of I-540, Raleigh Law Center provides legal assistance to Wake & Durham Counties, and other surrounding counties. Originally founded as Raleigh Law Center, our team has grown into the Raleigh Law Center which is comprised of seasoned and knowledgeable professionals led by me, Evonne Hopkins, Board Certified Specialist in family law.



Evonne S. Hopkins, Attorney At Law & President

Evonne Sammartino Hopkins is a North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Parent Coordinator. She originally founded Raleigh Law Center, PC in 2007 and has spearheaded its growth into the Raleigh Law Center. As the President of Raleigh Law Center, Evonne’s passion for providing Triangle families with stellar legal representation is apparent throughout the firm.

Evonne is licensed to practice in North Carolina, California and the District of Columbia. She earned her JD/MBA from the University of San Francisco in 2003 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with Honors from Rollins College in Winterpark, Florida in 1998. Evonne utilizes her joint JD/MBA daily to manage Raleigh Law Firm and advocate for her clients to get them the best result in the “business” of identifying and valuing assets in a divorce.

During election years, you can often find Evonne campaigning for judicial and local candidates and she currently serves as Treasurer of the Committee to Keep Judge Christine Walczyk. Evonne serves on many committees for the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Advocates for Justice and enjoys teaching “continuing education” classes to fellow attorneys. Evonne currently serves as the Chair of the Family Law Section for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. For the 10th Judicial District, Evonne serves on the Grievance Committee and Committee of Indigent Appointments.

Evonne grew up in New York and Florida, and has also lived in California, Spain and Japan. After traveling the globe, Evonne moved to Raleigh sight unseen and considers Raleigh home for over a decade. Evonne’s world has always been one of many cultures filled with diversity and family.

Outside the courtroom, Evonne is an avid swimmer, gardener and chef. In her “free” time, Evonne rescues and rehabilitates abandoned boxers through Carolina Boxer Rescue.

Known for her frankness and honesty, Evonne is a straight shooter and zealous advocate for her clients.

Board Certified Family Law
Jennifer M. Gaff

Jennifer M. Gaff, Senior Litigation Paralegal

Jennifer is an Illinois native but has resided in North Carolina for thirty years. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal, earning her paralegal certificate from Meredith College in 2007. Since her certification, Jennifer has worked exclusively in family law, first in the private sector and, more recently, for eight years as the Family Court Case Coordinator for The Honorable Lori G. Christian in the Wake County Family Court Office.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams: the UNC Tarheels and Carolina Panthers.


Paul M. Rowe, Paralegal

Paul started with Raleigh Law Center as a Paralegal in August 2016. Prior to that, he was an associate for two years at a lobbying firm in Annapolis, Maryland, working with clients such as Verizon, the Maryland Hospital Association, and Xerox.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. While there, he worked as the only Undergraduate Research Assistant to the Chair of the Government and Politics Department on projects related to Presidential Power and Executive influence in co-partisan elections.

Although a lifelong Maryland resident, Paul moved to Raleigh sight unseen in April 2016 in pursuit of a new adventure. Since moving to North Carolina, Paul has been taking advantage of the hiking and biking trails that are available in the area and enjoying the social scene in downtown Raleigh.

Tamara Hedgepeth, Office Manager

Tamara Hedgepeth is a native North Carolinian and Shaw University alumna who graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Pre Law. Her background spans from employment at the Office of the Governor as a legislative assistant to the legal department of Brody School of Medicine to several law firms.

She is the owner of Tamara Hedgepeth Wedding Designs, her small wedding consulting/design business. Tamara is an active member in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys the comfort of family, friends, and horses.

Mess E. Dog

For those who frequent Raleigh Law Center, you know and love Messy. Messy is a working girl who loves coming to work every day to meet clients, eat treats and sun in the window. No stranger to divorce, Messy was abandoned in 2011 when a couple in Charleston separated. She was placed in Carolina Boxer Rescue after a brief stint in the local dog shelter. The Hopkins family rescued Messy and she has lived happily with them ever since although she wouldn’t mind living with Raleigh Law Center’s Office Manager, Tamara Hedgepeth. Known for her patience and understanding, Messy is the best secret keeper in town and promises to show you that there is hope and love after a divorce.