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About Sheila Lambert

Born in Macon, Georgia, Sheila M. Lambert originally moved to Asheville in 1971. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, working while in college to pay for her education. After working in Asheville during the 1970s, including as Director of the Easter Seals Society and also earning an MBA at night from Western Carolina University, she moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School.

At Tulane Law School, she was Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review, was a member of the Order of the Coif, the national scholastic society for top law students, and clerked for a major Wall Street law firm. In 1982, she graduated magna cum laude, sixth in her Tulane Law class. Following graduation she joined the prestigious New Orleans firm of Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittman and Hutchinson, where she practiced securities defense, family law and civil litigation.

On returning to Asheville, she established her own law firm, the Law Offices of Sheila M. Lambert, in 1988. The firm provides professional, ethical and results-oriented legal services. Practice areas include family law (separation, divorce, custody, property settlement, alimony, child support, domestic violence protective orders and other matters), civil litigation and collections.

For a quarter of a century Sheila M. Lambert was in the BB&T Building, Asheville's tallest skyscraper. In 2016, the firm moved to the historic Jackson Building, Asheville's first skyscraper. The 1924 Neo-Gothic building with its spires and gargoyle-like grotesques on the corners is considered one of Asheville's most interesting buildings. 

Sheila M. Lambert cares about her clients. She listens to you. Then she walks you through each step of your case, answering any questions you may have along the way. With Sheila M. Lambert representing you, you will feel comfortable, safe and confident. 

In addition to her work as an attorney, Sheila M. Lambert is a potter with a studio in the River Arts District. Her work is on display at the Odyssey Co-Op Gallery. Active in her profession and in the community, she was the first (and is still the only) woman attorney from Asheville and Western North Carolina to be inducted into the NC Bar Association's General Practice Hall of Fame. She and her husband of more than 40 years have two adult children.

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Tulane University School of Law

New Orleans, LA 1982

Juris Doctor (JD)

Magna Cum Laude, 6th in Class

Managing Editor, Tulane Law Review

Member, Order of the Coif honorary scholastic society

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC 1977

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 1972

BA in Journalism

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Courses


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Law Offices of Sheila M. Lambert

Asheville, NC

Family law, civil litigation, collections

1988 - Present

Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittman and Hutchinson

New Orleans, LA

Securities defense, family law, civil litigation

1982 - 1987

Dewey, Ballentine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood

New York, NY

Summer clerkship, 1981

Bar and Professional Memberships

• United States Supreme Court Bar

• United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina

• North Carolina State Bar

• 28th Judicial District Bar

• North Carolina Bar Association

• North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

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Inducted into North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame 2015

Person of the Week in Western North Carolina

WLOS-TV 2016

Advisory Member, NC State Bar Ethics Committee


Advisory Member, NC State Bar Authorized Practice Committee


Judicial Endorsement Committee of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

Chair 2008 - 2012

Member 2004 - 2008

Centennial Award for Outstanding and Exemplary Community Service  2011

NC Bar Association and 28th Judicial District Bar

Outstanding Service Award

28th Judicial District Bar and Pisgah Legal Services


Pisgah Legal Services

Volunteer 1994 - Present

Justice Scale
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Present and Past Community Service and Personal Interests

Potter with a ceramics studio in Asheville's River Arts District -- her juried work is available at Odyssey Co-Op Gallery

• Former Girl Scouts Troop Leader

• Member, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville

• Member, River Arts District Association

• Former Volunteer, Asheville High School, Asheville Catholic School and Rainbow Mountain Community School

• Member or supporter of many community, education and civic organizations including MANNA FoodBank, WCQS, North Carolina Arboretum, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Habitat for Humanity, NAACP and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


• Married for more than 40 years to Lan Sluder, author of many books on Asheville and on travel, retirement and other subjects

• Parent of two adult children: Brooks Lambert-Sluder, a Harvard grad and now Assistant Director, Advising Programs, Harvard College, and Rose Lambert-Sluder, a UNC-Chapel Hill grad who recently earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Oregon and is now pursuing a career in writing and teaching

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