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2019 Legal Elite | Family

KRISTIN M. HAMPSON

Hampson Family Law | Raleigh

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Vita
40; born in New Orleans; bachelor’s from University of Georgia and law degree from Campbell University; married (her husband, Toby, is also a Legal Elite winner, Page 42) with three daughters and a yellow Lab named Tadley.
Why she chose to specialize in this field
I did not actually expect to be a family-law attorney. In my third year of law school, I did an externship with a family-law firm and took family-law courses. I was immediately drawn to the idea of practicing in N.C. District Court as well as helping individuals going through transition. I enjoy the various issues that arise in family-law cases, which range from custody issues to financial issues. More importantly, I enjoy helping people transition out of a difficult situation.
What she’d be if not a lawyer
An editor for Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
Best advice received
When making a difficult life decision and feeling overwhelmed, my mother said to me, “Make a decision, and then make it right!” She and my dad have taught me to keep moving forward, particularly when life seems difficult. This advice keeps me from getting caught up in the “what ifs” of life and keeps me moving in a positive direction during difficult times.
Passion
Raising three strong, intelligent and beautiful girls to be amazing women.
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When she was 16…
Favorite books
A Heart Full of Love and Meet Me Halfway by Javan.
TV show and movie
Beverly Hills 90210 and Ice Castles (the original 1978 version).
Music
I listened to everything, but mostly Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls, Crash Test Dummies, Warren G … and I loved The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack!
Hobbies
Basketball, volleyball and track. Although I was not uniquely talented at any of them, I played them all in high school.

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