Nancy Norelli
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Nancy Norelli

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Nancy Black Norelli brings her experience as a District Court Judge in Mecklenburg County to her role as a mediator. Nancy served as a judge for eight years where she presided over 60 civil jury trials and 1,000 Family Court matters as well as more than 7,000 other cases. She also spent a year handling cases across North Carolina as an Emergency Judge.

The Superior Court has certified Nancy as a mediator since 1997. She is also certified as a Federal Mediator, Family Financial Mediator and Estates and Guardianship Mediator. Nancy recently transferred her law practice to Judy Linville and her team at  Linville Law and will continue her career as a mediator, arbitrator and referee with Miles Mediation & Arbitration.

With her extensive courtroom experience, Nancy knows how the litigation process works — and how jurors reach verdicts. Her insight into the risks of going to trial helps her move parties toward a settlement through mediation. She has experienced mediation herself. That first-hand experience helps her to understand what the parties in a mediation go through as they strive to resolve a legal issue.

Nancy has expertise mediating a wide variety of cases, including, but not limited to:

  • Business disputes including contracts and employment disputes
  • Condemnation actions
  • Declaratory judgment actions involving wills and trusts
  • Inter-family trust and estate disputes – multi-state parties
  • Alienation of affection
  • Partnership disputes
  • Wrongful death cases
  • Personal injury

As a certified mediator in Estate and Guardianship and a Family Financial matters, she is available to mediate these issues across North Carolina:

  • Will caveats
  • Petition for elective share
  • Contested trust provisions – trust reformation
  • Contested probate administration, distribution and creditor claims
  • Contested incompetency proceeding
  • Child support
  • Custody and visitation
  • Equitable distribution


  • Wellesley College, B.A. with Honors
  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., Graduation Speaker

Admitted to Practice

  • Federal Mediator
  • Superior Court Mediator
  • Family Financial Mediator
  • Estates and Guardianship Mediator
  • Juvenile Court Judge

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Preeminent Women Lawyers in America
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Past President of the Mecklenburg County Bar

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Inductee of the NCBA’s Hall of Fame
  • Lawyers Weekly’s 2018 Inaugural Hall of Fame
  • 2016 Citizen Lawyer by the North Carolina Bar Association
  • The Mecklenburg Times’ “Most Influential Women of 2014”
  • “Outstanding Firm Service Award” at 2014 Pro Bono Awards ceremony
  • Honoree of the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2012 Women of Justice Awards
  • 2012 North Carolina’s Top Rated Lawyers
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s “2011 Leaders in the Law”