Premela Deck is a family law attorney, social worker, and current doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, School of Social Work where her research centers on conflict in divorce. As a practitioner of law and social work, Premela is uniquely equipped to engage in holistic problem-solving, examine clients’ needs from all angles, and navigate the legal process.
As a family law attorney, Premela has experience as a litigator, mediator, collaborative attorney, and guardian ad litem. She previously clerked for Justice Cheri L. Beasley of the North Carolina Supreme Court and represented criminal defendants in show-cause hearings as a Litman Fellow at Harvard Law School.
As a forensic social worker, Premela serves as a parenting coach, reunification therapist, and professor. She also teaches a high-conflict parenting class at William James College as well as research and policy classes at Bridgewater School of Social Work.
Premela’s social work education and experience bring a unique perspective to SD Law, “we are always mindful of the ramifications that shifting families have on children and parents,” she says. “We want to help our clients seek power and autonomy in their decision-making.” Although family law cases can be antagonistic, Premela’s goal is to work toward resolution as much as possible. “Families aren’t going to succeed if you rip them apart,” she says. “It’s our goal to bring people to the table and to help them reach resolutions they can live with and abide by.”
Premela is admitted to practice law in both Massachusetts and North Carolina. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.