As complicated as law can be, it all comes down to taking care of the person first, says Greenville Attorney Tracy Stroud.
Tracy is a member of the prestigious Greenville law firm Colombo Kitchin Attorneys and spends her days dealing with issues affecting small business owners, individuals and families.
“The way I approach law is that I am being paid to solve someone else’s problem to the best of my ability and try to think of a solution to help them,” Tracy says. She recognizes difficult problems often do not have a simple solution. “You can’t always help people, but you try to provide options and think solutions.”
For small business owners she focuses on business law, collections, and employment law, business acquisitions (purchase or sale), and business litigation. For individuals she takes care of wills, estates, guardianships for adults, adoptions, and family law including divorce, property division and custody or child support matters.
“I like employment law, assisting small businesses,” Tracy says adding, “I have lots of small businesses call me up on an “as-needed” basis to review something or to help with an issue. You have to be responsive to that. You can’t just say ‘I’ll get to that next week.’ That keeps things interesting because when you come to work in the morning, you don’t necessarily know what you’ll be dealing with.”
She earned her law degree from Campbell Law School in 2009. She was exposed to the lawyer’s life as a paralegal both for a firm in Kinston and later, with Colombo Kitchin for six years.
Prior to law, Tracy earned her Master’s Degree in English from East Carolina University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Meredith College in Raleigh. She taught adult-level courses in English at ECU and other schools before deciding on a law career.
Winding down from a busy day of dealing with legal matters and concerned clients requires some private time, she says. “The last hour of the day I try to be by myself and just zone out.”
Her role as a successful attorney comes to an end when she arrives at home each day. “When I get home I put on a different hat. My children help me keep things in perspective.” She is referring to her daughters Meredith, 13, and Ginny, 10, along with her son, Max (“the third” she says), 3. Her husband Max, works for DuPont and serves as a Major in the North Carolina National Guard.
Tracy can be reached at Colombo Kitchin Attorneys, 1698 East Arlington Boulevard Greenville, North Carolina 27858. Call her at (252) 321-2020