About Bender LeFante Law Offices, PC
Bender LeFante Law Offices is a small, results based family law firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina. We practice family law, and only family law. Because neither our attorneys nor our firm are generalists, we have the focus necessary to provide representation based on the most current information available. As a client-centered firm, we take the time to listen to our clients’ needs and desires. We know that our clients are making life changing choices; and believe that it is important for each client to make those choices based on knowledge of the law and the particular information and facts of that client’s case. We have the knowledge, experience, and ability to provide high quality legal representation to implement a plan of action to meet your needs. To learn more about our legal philosophy, please click here.
Bender LeFante Law Offices, PC was established in 1983 and incorporated in 1986. It is the philosophy of our family law firm to provide each client with legal services tailored to that individual. Our attorneys believe that each case is unique and that each client deserves personal attention to the details and specifics that are a part of each client’s individual situation. Our practice includes all actions necessary to reach an appropriate resolution of your family law matter. While most clients are able to achieve a settlement of their issues without undue difficulty or time, we are always ready to advocate for our client’s needs as the situation requires. Bender LeFante has experience in high asset and complex family law matters as well as jurisdictional disputes and high-conflict cases. Bender LeFante evaluates your situation and determines the appropriate course of action to achieve your desired results. These actions include both in court actions and out of court resolutions.
Bender LeFante Law Offices enjoys an excellent reputation for both its ability and its high ethical standards in representing its clients. The firm participates in volunteer and pro bono activities to the public and to the legal community. In addition, all firm members are required to participate in continuing legal education classes and activities with the state and local bar.
Our Legal Team
Victoria Bender, Attorney & Board-Certified Specialist in Family Law
Victoria Bender is the Senior Partner of Bender LeFante Law Offices, PC, in Raleigh, NC. She is a board-certified specialist in family law and has practiced family law for over 35 years. She is experienced in all areas of family law and, in addition to her knowledge of family law is, also, well experienced with legal procedure, jurisdictions, negotiation and trial. Ms Bender received her undergraduate degree cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She is a member of both the California and North Carolina bars. Ms Bender is active in the Wake County Bar Association, 10th Judicial District Bar, and North Carolina Bar Association as a member of its Family Law Section. She has been appointed to various legal committees and enjoys a positive interaction with other members of the bar and the judiciary. She has written and lectured to various organizations on family law, ethics and other legal topics. Ms Bender has had experience in high asset and complex family law matters as well as jurisdictional disputes and high conflict cases.
Lisa LeFante, Attorney & Parenting Coordinator
Lisa LeFante is a partner with Bender LeFante Law Offices. She began law practice in New Jersey in 1989, after obtaining her Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in government and law. For over twenty-five years, she has focused her practice almost exclusively on family law, representing spouses in the process of separating their lives. Ms LeFante has represented both the stay-at-home parent and the corporate executive, giving each client the attention to detail their claim deserves. Ms LeFante has handled all facets of family law, such as divorce, child custody and support, alimony and equitable distribution. She also has experience with paternity claims, as well as the drafting of premarital and post-marital agreements. Ms LeFante has undergone extensive training with the Center for Cooperative Parenting and is one of the most sought after Parenting Coordinators of the Wake County and of the Durham County Family Courts. Ms LeFante draws on her extensive litigation experience to represent her clients should matters require court intervention. She also has experience at the appellate level. Ms LeFante is a member of both the New Jersey and North Carolina bars. Ms LeFante is, also, a member of the Bad News Barristers, the 7 time champions of the Wake County Bar Softball League. She is married and has two children.
Tammy R. Kendall, Paralegal
Tammy R. Kendall is the paralegal for Bender LeFante Law Offices. With more than 20 years of experience working in the legal field, handling matters such as divorce, separation, child custody and support, adoptions, bankruptcy, and estate planning, Ms Kendall is an integral part of our legal team. She is instrumental in assisting both our attorneys and our clients in obtaining all necessary information to move the cases to a positive resolution. Ms Kendall works directly with the clients assisting them with all phases of their legal matter. Her understanding of the sensitivity of family matters and complex personal issues a client may be experiencing allows her to provide the support and expertise needed to bring the client’s matter to the best possible conclusion. Ms Kendall works as a liaison between the clients and the attorney and also works closely with other law firms and the court in setting, filing, and coordinating cases. To remain current in the field, Ms Kendall attends continuing legal education on current laws and local rules.
Valorie Stevens, Office Manager
Valorie Stevens is the business manager at Bender LeFante Law Offices. Ms Stevens is responsible for the administrative and managerial activities of the firm and is an integral part of the planning and implementation of the firm policy and integration of new technologies. As the business manager, Ms Stevens is able to assist clients with any issues or concerns regarding their client account. Ms Stevens has a degree in business management and brings over 15 years of professional experience to her position. She has recently taken on the additional role of pandemic coordinator for the firm.
Bender LeFante Benefits
One of the advantages of being represented by a small client-oriented firm is that the firm has the flexibility to be there when needed and to move quickly on matters when issues arise. Bender LeFante Law Offices takes each client’s situation seriously. We are mindful of the needs of our clients for high quality representation and complete and thorough preparation for all matters. For that reason, we may stay late, start the day early, or come in on the weekend when matters so require. We will hire and consult with experts as needed and discuss your matter within the firm to be certain that your needs are met. We consider you to be more than a “case”, we consider you to be a person who is going through a life changing event who needs to know that they are making a good choice in whom to trust with their most important matters. You may wish to know a bit about the firm besides our excellent qualifications and reputation.
As most professionals, we pride ourselves in our abilities and work hard to have a successful firm with an excellent reputation. But we are not part of the corporate image which equates success with the number of hours billed or imposes its idea of what should be done on the client. Bender LeFante Law Offices believes in the importance of the work/life balance. Just as we will provide our clients with additional time when the need arises, we consider our families equally important. It is important to each of our employees to be able to be a part of their chidlren’s activities. For this reason we support and encourage our staff’s participation in their children’s school events, team events, and personal accomplishments. We know that it is not always possible to set appointments on weekends and after work hours and, for that reason, are considerate of the needs of our office members for unavoidable work/life overlaps. And, finally, we believe that each person needs to have time to pursue other activities which provide both mental and physical health. We believe that our integration of home and work lets us keep our understanding that each of our clients is an individual and has the right to determine the direction in which he or she wishes the case to go. It allows us to remain flexible, to look both to the law and experience, but also to new ideas and to thinking of solutions outside of the box.