Bettie Kelley Sousa, Esq.
Bettie Kelley Sousa has been practicing law with Smith Debnam since becoming licensed in 1981. She has a wealth of experience in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, at both trial and appellate levels. She represents mostly businesses — both large and small — in a variety of matters, including contract drafting and disputes, and issues pertaining to labor and employment laws in North Carolina.
Bettie prides herself in efficiently finding peaceful resolutions for her clients. She is skilled at avoiding litigation and locking down agreements to avoid further disputes. But, if a case requires litigation, she is an accomplished trial lawyer, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in her many years of practice.
Bettie has been certified as a Creditors’ Rights Specialist by the American Board of Certification (ABC), and she currently serves as Chair of that organization. She is also listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation in 2011 and 2012 and received a “Woman Extraordinaire” award through Business Leader magazine.
Areas of Practice
- Business Litigation
- Creditors’ Rights and Collections
- Employment Law
- Lender Liability Defense
North Carolina Courts: Supreme Court; Court of Appeals; Superior Courts; District CourtsFederal Courts: U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Courts, Eastern District, Middle District, Western District; U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern District, Middle District, Western District
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1978
American Bar Association; Litigation Section; Labor & Employment Law Section
American Board of Certification; Board of Directors; President (2011), President-Elect (2010), Treasurer (2009); Secretary (2008); Member, Executive Committee; Past-Chairman, Standards CommitteeNorth Carolina Bar Association; Business Law Section; Labor and Employment Law Section
Commercial Law League of America
Wake County Bar Association Board of Directors; Past President, Young Lawyers’ Division
Lawyers Support Committee, Chair, WCBA/Tenth Judicial District Bar
Primerus Law Society; Business Law Institute, Commercial Law Group
Listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012
Women Extraordinaire Winner 2011,Business Leader
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church: Lay Reader, former Sunday School Teacher
Meals on Wheels Volunteer
Wake Forest Law Board of Visitors
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