Foil Law Offices

112 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 688-9631

Serving North Carolina Families Since 1976
Specializing in Family & Domestic Law

Attorneys & Staff


N. Joanne Foil

Attorney, Board Certified Family Law Specialist

N. Joanne Foil is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist practicing law in the state of North Carolina since 1976. Ms. Foil is a well-known and respected family law attorney, practicing in Durham and Orange counties, handling cases involving custody, divorce, grand-parent custody, adoption, pre-marital agreements, and other family law related matters. She is also an experienced and respected family law mediator.

Ms. Foil attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Foil Law Offices was opened in the fall of 1976.  Ms. Foil has received many honors and recognitions in her forty years of practicing law. Among these, she was the first female attorney from Durham to be elected to serve on the State Bar Council.  As a member of the State Bar Council she served on various committees including the Grievance Committee for eight years. Following her service on the State Bar Council, Ms. Foil served as the State Bar Representative on the Dispute Resolution Commission for a full term.

Ms. Foil has for many years held Martindale-Hubbel’s highest attorney rating, A.V., and has been selected to be in “Super Lawyers” each year since the inception of the designation in North Carolina. She has served as an instructor at Duke University School of Law and has been a featured speaker at many continuing legal education seminars. She has also held several positions with the local Bar, served on the first advisory board of the Durham Technical Institute Paralegal Program, and has been covered in numerous newspaper articles and television interviews since early in her practice.

Ms. Foil has a hard-earned reputation of being diligent, thorough, and of not backing down from difficult and complicated cases.  She has also taken on and won difficult cases involving children against odds, including international custody disputes, grandparent custody, foster-parent custody, and other situations that many would have deemed “un-winnable” or long shots at best. Ms. Foil has successfully represented clients in domestic matters at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Ms. Foil enjoys fishing, the beach, and gardening.

Laura E. Windley


Laura Windley is an attorney who has practiced law in North Carolina since 2008. Ms. Windley graduated from East Carolina University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002. She then attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During law school, where Ms. Windley sat on the Holderness Moot Court and was chair of the UNC School of Law Honor Court. She graduated in 2008 with a J.D. from UNC School of Law. Ms. Windley gained admission to the North Carolina State Bar in 2008, then practiced general civil litigation before she joined Foil Law Offices in January 2010. In her spare time, Ms. Windley enjoys singing as part of the Mint Julep Jazz Band, a band that performs jazz from the 1920′s, 1930′s, and 1940′s.

Dorothy O'Neill


Dorothy C. O’Neill is a member of the North Carolina Bar.  She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law.  Before attending law school, Ms. O’Neill worked for Foil Law Offices as a paralegal for several years during which time she discovered her passion for helping people through the difficult process of divorce and custody proceedings.  Being the daughter of Ms. Foil, Ms. O'Neill has been around the family law world her entire life.  Her legal interests include family law, appellate work, and education law.  Ms. O'Neill has special training in advocating for the needs of special needs children and in protecting the rights of parents in same-sex relationships.  She received her undergraduate degree in history from Meredith College.  She is also a member of Dance Masters of America, the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, and the National Association of Professional Women.  Ms. O'Neill enjoys spending time with her husband and their six children.

Britney Weaver



Britney R. Weaver graduated cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2016. She was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2016. Before attending law school, Ms. Weaver graduated cum laude from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.  Her legal interests include family law and community outreach.  In her spare time, Ms. Weaver enjoys listening to music, writing, and spending time with her family.

James Weaks

Paralegal, IT Support

James Weaks has been a paralegal with Foil Law Offices since 2006.  Mr. Weaks graduated from Liberty University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree as part of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society. He is a leader in Boy Scouts of America, having acted as Speaker, Assistant Scoutmaster and Charter Organization Representative of his local troop. In addition, Mr. Weaks is active in the Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association as a volunteer and tournament director, and also volunteers for Recycling for Youth and Sunrise Church.

Brenan Winters

Brenan Winters received her Paralegal Studies Certificate from an ABA-approved program at Guilford College.  Prior to that, she attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing with a concentration in poetry, and a minor in English.  While attending UNCW, Brenan also served as the copy editor for the university's creative magazine, Atlantis.  Brenan also attended Weaver Academy, a performing and visual arts high school where she studied voice and graphic design.  In her spare time, Brenan enjoys singing, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jamie Slaughter


Jamie Slaughter graduated from Barton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.  She has worked as a paralegal with several local law firms throughout the years.  Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children.
Meghan Holt
Meghan Holt is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University where she earned her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in New Media and Digital Culture.  Having recently moved from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Raleigh, Meghan likes spending her spare time exploring the Raleigh/Durham area.  She also enjoys writing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Donna Birchett
Paralegal, Billing

Donna Birchett has twenty plus years in the family law legal field.  Donna joins Foil Law Offices as a billing assistant and as a paralegal.  She enjoys working with clients to make the legal process as smooth as possible.  Donna enjoys spending time with her family.  

Rodney Miles
Law Clerk

Rodney Miles is a current third year law school student at North Carolina Central University School of Law.  Rodney looks forward to his future work as an attorney.