Your Legal Advocate Highly Qualified for Family Court Practice
Long before Armstrong Family Law was established as a leading firm in the field, Leslie Armstrong, the Founder and Principal Attorney, embarked on a journey of education and personal growth. Leslie’s pursuit of higher education began at the prestigious Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. It was there that she distinguished herself as a member of the Psi Chi National Psychology honor society, a testament to her passion and dedication in the field. In 2007, Leslie proudly received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, laying the foundation for her future endeavors.
Driven by her desire to make a tangible impact in people’s lives, Leslie set her sights on the legal profession. She went on to pursue her Juris Doctor degree at the esteemed University of South Carolina School of Law, where she honed her legal skills and knowledge. During her time at the law school, Leslie had the privilege of serving on the editorial staff of the South Carolina Law Review, the flagship publication of the School of Law. This experience not only provided her with a platform to engage with the legal community but also allowed her to develop a keen eye for detail and a meticulous approach to her work.
Recognizing the importance of guiding and supporting others, Leslie became a mentor for first-year law students through the School of Law’s mentoring program. This role allowed her to pass on her knowledge and experiences, helping shape the next generation of legal professionals. Such commitment to mentorship showcases Leslie’s innate desire to uplift and empower those around her.
Leslie’s dedication and hard work paid off when she obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 2011. With a solid legal foundation and a burning passion for helping families and individuals navigate through complex legal matters, she wasted no time in pursuing her career as an attorney. Leslie was admitted to practice law as a member of the South Carolina Bar in 2012, followed by her admission to the North Carolina State Bar in 2013. These professional memberships signified her commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and legal excellence.
Understanding the importance of a holistic approach to providing legal services, Leslie sought to enhance her understanding of the mental health field. In 2016, she earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. As a member of the Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society, Leslie demonstrated her exceptional skills and dedication to the well-being of her clients. One notable aspect of her master’s fieldwork was her focus on working with children of divorce and high-conflict families undergoing divorce and separation. This invaluable experience allowed Leslie to develop a deep empathy for the unique challenges these children face and equipped her with specialized knowledge to better advocate for them in court.
With her diverse educational background and passion for helping families, Leslie dedicated her expertise to advocacy in the family court system. She has taken on various roles, serving families and individuals involved in domestic litigation. Leslie’s unique combination of legal and counseling knowledge allows her to approach each case with a well-rounded perspective, ensuring that her clients receive the comprehensive support they need during these challenging times.
Leslie’s commitment to professional growth is evident in her continued involvement within the legal community. In addition to her state bar memberships, she is an active member of the Charleston County Bar, demonstrating her commitment to staying connected with local legal practitioners. Furthermore, her involvement in the Family Court Section within the South Carolina Bar showcases her dedication to staying informed about the latest developments and best practices in family law.
When clients choose Armstrong Family Law, they can rest assured that they are receiving unparalleled legal representation backed by a wealth of experience and a strong educational foundation. Leslie Armstrong’s academic achievements, professional memberships, and extensive involvement within the legal community demonstrate her unwavering dedication to creating positive outcomes for her clients in the realm of family law. Whether it’s guiding clients through divorce proceedings, child custody disputes, or finding amicable resolutions to domestic conflicts, Leslie brings her expertise, empathy, and commitment to every case she handles. With Armstrong Family Law, clients can trust that their interests are being safeguarded by a compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled legal team.
Leslie became a Certified Family Court Mediator in 2015 and began serving as a member of the Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston (MMCC), offering mediation services for qualified low-income families. She went on to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LPC/A) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) in 2017. She is an active member of multiple international interdisciplinary organizations including the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), where she received specialized training in Parental Alienation and other areas in 2017, and the Parental Alienation Study Group (PASG) where she received additional specialized training in parental alienation in Stockholm, Sweden in 2018. She is a trained provider for the international parental alienation intervention program, Family Bridges, she is the co-founder of the targeted parent psychoeducational support group, Alienation S.P.E.A.K.S., and she received specialized training in Parent Coordination from the Center for Cooperative Parenting in 2019 to supplement her co-parenting practice as a statutorily qualified coordinator in North Carolina.
In conjunction with her legal and mental health practices, Leslie has also enjoyed teaching and has been a featured speaker at numerous South Carolina Bar events, including annual Guardian ad Litem trainings, the Family Court Bench Bar for family court judges, and numerous Continuing Legal Education Programs. Her speaking engagements have also included requests from the Department of Social Services for educational programming and the invitation to be a featured speaker at the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association (AMHCA) 2019 national conference on the topic of parental alienation.
Leslie is a Charleston native and graduate of Wando High School. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, home improvement projects, playing the piano, and traveling. She is a classically trained vocalist and songwriter, and when she’s not making music, out boating, or exploring new destinations, she enjoys relaxing at home with her husband, Alex, two cats Oliver and Miley, and the family black lab, Kona.
Leslie’s Mission and Philosophy
Experiencing divorce, separation, and family conflict that requires time spent in family court is often one of the most stressful experiences people encounter in their lifetime. Those struggling to navigate one of life’s greatest and often overwhelming challenges should not have this reality overlooked but deserve empathy and compassion from an advocate not only legally experienced, but who has an understanding of the human condition, enabling a personalized and compassionate approach to the practice of law. Although strong and ethical legal representation requires both advice readily received and instruction not always easy to accept, the provision of all legal instruction required to move cases toward a greater likelihood of a positive outcome should be given with empathy and care. Every case brought to Armstrong Family Law is unique, and Leslie’s education and multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary experience qualifies her as an affected advocate and enables her to fulfill her mission at Armstrong Family Law: She fights for her clients as a bold, strong, and experienced attorney, and guides them through the challenging family court process with a personalized and compassionate approach.