Dionne Loy Fortner


Practice Areas: 

  • Family Law (See below)

Admitted to North Carolina Bar: 1995

North Carolina Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law

Admitted to Practice: 

  • All North Carolina Courts and Administrative Agencies
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court


  • DRC Certified Mediator  Family Financial Settlement
  • North Carolina Bar Association (member, Family Law Section; past member, Family Law Council)
  • Eleventh Judicial District Bar Association (Past Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Johnston County Bar Association (Past Secretary/Treasurer; Committees)
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (Past President, Board Member)
  • Smithfield Jaycees (1995 - 2001) (Past President)
  • Johnston County Youth Services (2009-2014) (Past Treasurer)

Education:  University of North Carolina (Phi Beta Kappa)

University of North Carolina School of Law

My family law practice includes experience in navigating the following issues:

Equitable Distribution / Spousal Support (PSS and Alimony) / Separation Agreements / Annulment / Divorce / Child Custody / Child Support and Garnishment / Grandparents and Third Party Custody/Visitation / Hague Convention and Custody Jurisdiction Litigation / Termination of Parental Rights / Adoption / Assisted Reproduction Law / Domestic Violence / LGBT Family Law/ Mediation

Personal: I grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina, graduating from Asheboro High School.  I continued my studies the next seven years at UNC-CH, receiving my undergraduate degree in English, with Honor and Distinction, and then moving to the other side of campus to achieve my law degree.  I was an associate at Lucas, Bryant and Denning, PA in Selma, NC from 1995-2000, was a solo practitioner from 2000-2001, and then began in the partnership that is now Woodruff & Fortner. My husband, Glenn, and I reside with our son, Hank, in Clayton, NC.  I enjoy jogging, exercising, and being outdoors, along with the more sedentary (but just as heart-thumping) activity of watching UNC basketball and football. 

Paralegal:  Marlene Daniels