Estate law and family law in North Carolina
Deborah A. Moy


New Bern, NC





“We are a better State Bar because of people like Deborah Moy who want to be attorneys.”
Superior Court Judge Michael L. Robinson - Vice President, NC Bar Association; Councilor, NC State Bar

A self-professed “Air Force brat,” Deborah Moy was born in the Philippines and spent her childhood living in Gainesville, Florida (Go Gators!); Dayton, Ohio (Go Reds!); Fairfax, Virginia  (Go ‘Skins!); and Greensboro, North Carolina.  Deborah’s maternal grandmother, Eva Jones, was a sharecropper tobacco farmer in Eastern North Carolina, who raised nine children on her own.  She credits Grandma Jones for instilling in her the importance of strength, hope, and humility, and for the ability to see the positive side of even the most hopeless of difficult situations.

Deborah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her Baccalaureate degree in English in 2003.  Throughout her college years and after, Deborah worked in the service industry, as serving the public has always been her passion.  After college, Deborah was employed by General Dynamics as a Technical Editor, translating complex government contracts textual data into laymen’s terms. 

In 2016, Deborah graduated from Elon University School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctorate of Law as a Dean’s Scholar.  While in law school, Deborah served as a student mentor, helped form the Elder Law Society, and was the Notes & Comments Editor for the Elon Law Review.  Notably, Deborah’s student note, “North Carolina’s Public Interest Law and Its Need to Change,” was selected for publication in the eighth edition of the Law Review.

Deborah worked with the Veterans Affairs in Winston Salem, North Carolina, researching medical malpractice and employment law claims.  She also worked for the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, Florida, researching the impact of the law in assisting wounded veterans, as well as organizing contracts for WWP’s soldier rides and other travel events. 

In November, 2017, Deborah moved to Arapahoe, NC, after marrying Blake Harrell, a Pamlico County native.

Deborah’s heart has always been in public service.  She views the legal profession as “the service industry on steroids,” and knows that part of being a highly effective attorney is contributing to the community.   In addition to practicing law, Deborah speaks as a motivational speaker about the importance of hope and the power of positivity, and works pro bono hours to assist in disaster recovery.

Deborah’s mission is to provide hope to the hopeless and to help others find strength in adversity. 

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2016


  • Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 2016
    • Honors: Dean
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Craven County Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro Bono work for Hurricane Florence
  • Motivational Speaker