N. Todd Owens

About me

I have practiced criminal defense, family law and I’ve even been a judge. My legal experience gives me the expertise to help clients with any problem they have, especially with family law issues. While I was a judge, I developed a reputation for listening to people and making a decision. That is what I do now when people bring me their family law problems. I find a solution that helps them find peace in their lives. I’m ready to go to court and litigate or work through mediation for a solution. I’m a certified mediator and have mediated successful resolutions for more than 600 clients.

More and more families are using my judicial experience to their advantage by seeking binding arbitration of their disputes so they can resolve their issues more quickly without spending months, and sometimes years (and thousands of dollars), just waiting for a chance to be heard in court.

Practice areas

Family law

  • Divorce law
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Alimony
  • Equitable distribution
  • Separation agreements
  • Premarital agreements
Criminal defense

  • Traffic violations
  • DUI and DWI
  • Probation violations
  • Drug crimes
  • Violent crime

Mediation & arbitration

Professional activities & awards

Awards and recognition

  • North Carolina Bar Association (Family Law Section; Dispute Resolution Section; Criminal Law Section)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association (Family Law Section; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Criminal Law Section)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • North Carolina Association of District Court Judges (2004-2008)
  • Truancy Intervention Court (2007-present)


  • North Carolina
  • 26th Judicial District
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • J.D., 1994, University of Georgia, School of Law
  • B.A., 1989, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill