Nancy Black Norelli is a former District Court Judge who brings over 30 years of legal experience - including dozens of jury trials - to her work. In addition, she has been a visiting lecturer at Davidson College, UNC-Charlotte and the Charlotte School of Law. She is a frequent speaker before professional groups on topics of estate planning, estate administration, tax, and ethics. Nancy is also heavily involved in the community through volunteerism and pro bono work, is a founding member of Good Friends and on the boards of a number of local charities, including the American Cancer Society where she is a breast cancer survivor speaker. In addition, Nancy shares her legal knowledge through the mentoring of young lawyers.

Career Highlights

  • Emergency District Court Judge - held court in 15 counties; sought after to handle difficult cases
  • District Court Judge - served 8 years (appointed and then elected twice without opposition)
  • Presided over 60 civil jury trials; 1,000 Family Court matters, including equitable distribution, divorce, alimony, child custody and support; 300 juvenile cases; 7,000 DWI cases.
  • Nancy Black Norelli, PLLC - AV rated firm, which was acquired by McGuireWoods when Judge Norelli took office
  • Norelli & Company - Family Business Advisor
  • Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman - Partner in charge of Estate Planning and Administration

Professional Recognition

  • Bar recognition of Preeminent Women Lawyers in America
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • Named as an Honoree of the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's 2012 Women of Justice Awards
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • 2012 North Carolina's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Named one of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's "2011 Leaders in the Law" - Leaders in the Law recognizes 25 distinguished lawyers who are working to better the legal profession through mentoring and involvement within their community.
  • Recognized as one of The Mecklenburg Times' "Most Influential Women of 2014"
  • Received the "Outstanding Firm Service Award" on behalf of Norelli Law at 2014 Pro Bono Awards ceremony
  • Named as 2016 Citizen Lawyer by the North Carolina Bar Association
  • Speaker at national, state, and local continuing legal education programs 


  • Wellesley College, B.A. with Honors
  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., Graduation Speaker 


  • Federal Mediator 
  • Superior Court Mediator
  • Family Financial Mediator
  • Estates and Guardianship Mediator
  • Juvenile Court Judge

Professional Leadership

  • NC State Bar Council, regulatory arm of the NC State Bar
  • Ethics Committee, NC State Bar
  • Chair, NCBA Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee
  • Board of Governors, NCBA
  • Past President, Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Council of the Dispute Resolution Section of the NCBA
  • Council of the Estate Planning Section of the NCBA
  • Editor, The Peacemaker, a dispute resolution publication
  • Chief Justice's Access to Justice Commission
  • Chair, Publications Advisory Board, NC State Bar

Community Involvement

  • Access to Justice Campaign - Chair, 2015 - 2016
  • Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont - Director, 2010 - present; Vice Chair, 2016 - Present
  • Carolina Breast Friends Advisory Board and "Star" for Fundraiser 
  • Charlotte Merchants Foundation - Director, 2000 – Present; Board Chair, 2009 – 2011
  • American Cancer Society “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” - Honorary Chair, 2003
  • American Cancer Society Advisory Board - Member, 2003 – 2009
  • Good Friends - Director/Executive Committee/Founder, 1987 – 2012; Trustee, 2012 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Council, Inc. - Executive Committee, 1995 –1998
  • Hospice at Charlotte, Inc. - Director, 1988 – 1990
  • First Presbyterian Church - Elder; Deacon; Sunday School Teacher