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Grace Lay
Litigation Attorney

About Grace Lay, Litigation Attorney

Greensboro divorce attorney Grace Lay comes from a divorced household, and although she was extremely young when her parents divorced, she has dealt with custody, child support, alimony, and co-parenting in her everyday life.

“I feel I bring a different perspective because I can see things through the eyes of the child,” Ms. Lay said. “I understand what is realistic in a custody arrangement because I have lived it.”

Dealing with family law can be incredibly difficult emotionally, but that is why Ms. Lay is drawn to it.

“As an attorney, you are there for someone during one of the toughest times in their life and are able to help them navigate and make it to the other side,” she said.

Ms. Lay is very approachable, and her clients typically feel comfortable opening up to her.

“This helps with having a conversation with clients and they don’t feel awkward and can describe situations in more detail and express what they are wanting,” she said.

When first meeting with a client, Ms. Lay always reminds them to breathe. She wants to be honest about the timeline and what they can expect.

“I think it is important to discuss the timeline but also discuss alternatives so they are prepared if we have to change up strategy or if a variable develops that causes a change in the case,” she said.


Ms. Lay is licensed to practice in North Carolina.


Ms. Lay earned her Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University in political science and a minor in business administration. She received her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Lay practiced family law, estate planning, and handled traffic violations.


  • Greensboro Bar Association, 2019-present


Ms. Lay was given the Distinguished Service Award along with Order of the Barristers when graduating from Elon University’s School of Law.

Real-Life Experiences
Reviews from Our Past Clients
“It took years for me to come to a decision to end my marriage. I sought a law firm that is focused and prepared for trial if need be, and seeks to give me the best outcome possible. Cordell and Cordell has performed very well and is very supportive during this difficult time. I have full confidence in my representation and recommend them.”
– Mason B.
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– Mark L.
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