Arlene M. Zipp


  • Long Island University (B.A./M.A., summa cum laude, 1998)
  • Wake Forest University (J.D., 2001)
    • Moot Court, ATLA Trial Team Captain
    • Assistant Coach for Wake Forest University ATLA Team (2001-2004)

Admission to Bar

  • 2001, North Carolina and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina


  • Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization


  • North Carolina State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law Specialty Committee (2019-2022)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow
  • High Point Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • NCBA and the ABA Family Law Sections
  • Rotary Club of the Triad
  • Chair of the Family Law Equitable Distribution Committee of North Carolina Bar Association (2012 – 2016)
  • Family Law Section (2004-present)
  • Executive Council Member of Guilford County Young Lawyers Division
  • Family Law Council of Family Law Section of the NC Bar, July 2006 – July 2009


  • Chapters 4 and 8 covering Attorney’s fees and Enforcement and Defenses, North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims Book
  • North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims, First Edition, 2004, co-authored two chapters: “Attorney Fees” and “Enforcement and Defenses”
  • North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims, Second Edition, 2008, updated two chapters: “Attorney Fees” and “Enforcement and Defenses”
  • North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims, Third Edition, 2012, updated one chapter: “Enforcement and Defenses”

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

  • North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Continuing Legal Education:
    2003: Family Law Post-Trial and Appellate Practice, “Post-Trial Motions- Rules 52, 59, 60”
    2005: Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Alimony & PSS, “Case Law Update”
    2006: Family Law Intensive Program, Selected Equitable Distribution Issues, “Attacking and Defending Premarital Agreements”
    2007: Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Complex Custody Issues, “Case Law Update”
    2008: Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Heartbalm Actions and Other Related Topics, “Case Law Update”
    2008: Basics of Family Law, “Case Law Update”
    2010: Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Understanding and Preparing for Custody Litigation, “Evidentiary Considerations”
    2012: Basics of Family Law, “Identification and Division of Various Types of Retirement Benefits”
    2013: Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Event Co-Planner
    2014: Advanced Topics for the Family Law Paralegal, “Identification and Division of Various Types of Retirement Benefits”
  • North Carolina State Bar Continuing Legal Education:
    2014 – Family Law Specialist Conference, “Defined Contribution Plans”
  • Wake Forest University Continuing Legal Education:
    2007: Family Law 2007, “How to Handle Difficult Discovery”
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
    2013 & 2014: Instructed on evidence to Family Law classes

Peer Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law