MONROE – Attorney Penelope Hefner’s star has continued to rise since helping open Sodoma Law’s fourth office in July 2015.
Nicole Sodoma, managing principal for Sodoma Law, said at the time of the opening that Hefner “embodies the compassionate, tenacious approach” for which the Charlotte-based firm is known. Hefner’s peers have taken notice of her work in family law, too.
Super Lawyers Magazine recognized Hefner among the Rising Stars in Family Law in 2018. Selections are based on a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research and peer reviews.
Hefner also received recognition from Business North Carolina magazine.
“Someone who is your peer or oftentimes your opposing counsel thinks enough of you to recommend you,” Hefner said of these honors. “It means the work we are doing is recognized by people even outside of our firm.”
Hefner is especially proud the Union County Chamber of Commerce awarded Sodoma Law Union with the Rising Star Award in December 2016.
She said it helps having a law office in the county where you are practicing for a variety of reasons, including familiarity with certain types of people and cases. For example, it helps to know how to navigate the school district to figure out custody schedules or who to talk to at social services or child support enforcement.
Hefner regularly contributes to Sodoma Law’s blog, designed to educate the community on trends.
Some of the trends Hefner sees in family law include more men requesting spousal support, as well as social media sites, like Facebook, serving as fertile grounds for evidence.
“There’s a lot of different ways social media can, depending on which side you are on, get you in trouble or help your case,” Hefner said.
Outside of the courtroom, Hefner serves on the board of the Union County Community Shelter. Her office has provided funding to create a curiosity corner that will hold books, games and puzzles in the new shelter.
Hefner wants to provide a source of hope for people at their lowest points and not knowing what to do. She applies the same mantra to divorce cases, especially those that involve children.
“They don’t necessarily have a voice in the process and are counting on all of the adults involved to make the best decisions for them,” Hefner said. “I try to do what I can so that everybody remembers that and tries to keep that the focus.”
Want to learn more?
Sodoma Law has offices in Monroe, Charlotte and Rock Hill. The Monroe office is at 105 S. Main St. The firm’s areas of practice include family law, adoption, surrogacy, employment law, mediation, business litigation, estate planning and business law. Visit www.sodomalaw.com or call 704-764-1425 for details.