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Marie Hopper

Meet Marie Hopper

Marie Hopper is a Chatham County native. She earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and holds her undergraduate in History from Earlham College. She is a Certified Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Board of Dispute Resolution, a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the 18th Judicial District Bar, the Chatham County Bar Association, and the Family Law and Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law sections of the North Carolina Bar Association. She served as President of the 18th Judicial District Bar in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, and as Vice-President the term before that. Marie is admitted to practice before all state courts in North Carolina, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.  Marie is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell.

From estate planning and administration, to matters revolving around marriage, divorce, and the welfare of children, Marie is deeply committed to supporting the people in her hometown community through the services they need most. In addition to beginning her career as a Legal Aid lawyer championing Chatham’s most vulnerable citizens, Marie has dedicated her time and expertise to serving on the Boards of Directors of The Center for Cooperative Parenting, Inc., Carolina Tiger Rescue, Inc., George Moses Horton Middle School PTSA, and as a Trustee for Chapel Hill Friends Meeting. In recognition of her outstanding volunteerism and community service, Marie received the 2022 Due Energy Citizenship and Service Award from Chatham County Chamber of Commerce.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, 2004

Earlham College

  • Bachelor of Arts in History, 2001


  • North Carolina State Bar, 2004
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2010


  • Certified Family Financial Mediator, 2022
  • Parenting Coordinator, 2016


  • “Save the House” Award, 2008, Peer Honor
  • Chatham County Chamber of Commerce Citizenship and Service Award, 2022
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell, 2023
AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer Award


  • North Carolina State Bar, since 2004
  • 18th Judicial District Bar, since 2004
    • President 18th JD Bar, 2019-2020
    • Vice President 2017-2019
  • Chatham County Bar Association, since 2004
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Family Law Section, since 2011
    • Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, since 2021


  • Trustee, Chapel Hill Friends Meeting
  • Board of Directors, Carolina Tiger Rescue (2011-2019), President 2017-2019
  • Board of Directors, Center for Cooperative Parenting (2016-present) President 2020-present
  • George Moses Horton Middle School, PTSA Board of Directors, 2021-present, Audit Committee Chair


  • Legal Aid of North Carolina - Pittsboro Office, Staff Attorney, 2004-2011
  • Hopper Cummings PLLC, since 2011


  • 18th JDB CLE; 10th Biennial Professionalism CLE - Redefining the Practice of Law: A view from our Local Bar; February, 2022
  • Parenting Coordination Training Speaker;  March, 2022


Marie Hopper Receives AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Marie Hopper Recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer

Marie Hopper Earns Certification as a Family Financial Mediator

Marie Hopper is a Certified a Family Financial Mediator

Client and Peer Reviews

Another Happy Client

Ms. Hopper was patient and detail oriented. ... Overall, the process was efficient, well-organized and painless. If you’re looking for someone to assist with your will and advance directives, we would highly recommend Hopper Cummings.

Peer Comment

Seeing that Robert Cummings is going to be my opposing counsel in a family law case means that case is going to be fought fairly, efficiently, and intelligently, without expensive 'lawyer games' or undue delays. I have and will continue to refer cases to him.

Another Happy Client

My family has used Hopper Cummings for estate planning and wills as well as occasional legal advice. The process was always efficient, respectful, and individualized to our specific needs. This is the benefit of a local firm -- I highly recommend them for any civil law needs!

Peer Comment

I refer all family law matters to Robert Cummings because I have confidence in the way he interacts with clients.

Another Happy Client

My husband and I worked with Marie Cummings and her team to complete our estate planning. This is not an easy task for anyone, and we so appreciated Marie's experience, expertise, patience, and support. ... We are happy to offer a wholehearted recommendation for Marie and her colleagues.

Another Happy Client

I came to Mr. Cummings during the most difficult time of my life.  He helped me navigate the divorce process in a no-nonsense way.  ... His voice of reason helped me to stay calm and focused on the task at hand.  I highly recommend Mr. Cummings to anyone in my position.

Peer Comment

Robert Cummings provides a firm, steady and calming approach to custody issues.

Peer Comment

Robert is a highly effective attorney. I have referred several people to him and have heard nothing but positive experiences. He understands the law and cares about his clients.

Another Happy Client

We have worked with Hopper Cummings on several occasions, from estate planning to starting a 501(c)(4). They are welcoming and responsive. They explain things in easy-to-understand terms and set reasonable expectations. We highly recommend Hopper Cummings!

Another Happy Client

Robert Cummings represented a family member in a moving violation. He was responsive to all of my questions and very professional in explaining how the system worked and what needed to be done to help resolve the ticket with the best possible outcome.  I would recommend his office and their services. 

Another Happy Client

Robert and his team were amazing ... was successfully able to move the court date forward and have the ticket resolved and diligently e-mailed us all the confirmations as well. Thank you to his team and we would highly recommend them.


Peer Comment

Robert understands traffic law and he is a very effective advocate for his clients. I have referred several clients to Robert and he always does a great job.

Another Happy Client

They made it easy and effortless for dealing with traffic court! I appreciate you all. Great communication too.


Another Happy Client

Great experience!  I received my first moving violation in about 20 yrs ....  called Hopper Cummings for assistance.  The process from first contact to resolution went smoothly. Highly recommend!


Peer Comment

Excellent Family Law Attorney.

Another Happy Client

Awesome lawyer worked hard to get the best outcome for me on a very complicated case. I would recommend Robert Cummings, he cared about my case and represented me very well. Would use him again.


Peer Comment

Robert is an experienced, thoughtful and professional attorney. He exhibits the highest standards in his practice.

Another Happy Client

Robert was quick to return my call, even on a day he was in court.  He was knowledgeable and friendly as was his staff.  His honesty and hard work is definitely an asset.


Peer Comment

Robert does a great job managing a large traffic law caseload yet representing each client zealously. He understands the local procedure for a large traffic caseload and navigates that system with ease.

Peer Comment

Robert Cummings is an excellent attorney with a high level of integrity and compassion.

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