“I love interacting with our clients and hearing their stories.”
Your first line of contact is Carolyn Wells when you contact Stauff & Gross. Mississippi-born and Georgia-raised, Carolyn has lived in North Carolina since 2013 and has worked here since July of 2020.
With a background in clinical social work, Carolyn brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience to the firm. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and started her career working in two dialysis clinics before transitioning to serve as a therapist for sexual abuse survivors. After taking time away from the workforce to run her household and raise her three children, she applied her skills in a new way through the Paralegal Program at Meredith College. In early 2020, she completed the North Carolina paralegal certification exam, earning her title as a Certified Paralegal.
Carolyn’s social work background taught her how the law intersects with different areas of our lives, and she puts that experience and knowledge into practice in her day-to-day tasks at Stauff & Gross. Her social work background, as well as her experience relocating multiple times throughout the Southeast, has taught her that no two stories are the same and that it is important to consider the nuance present in each situation. She frequently provides a sounding board to the firm’s clients. “It is so important, in this line of work, to take the time to listen, empathize, and understand,” she says. “There are challenges in life – many of them unexpected – and sometimes just listening to someone can help them move forward and take the next step.”
As to her tenure at Stauff & Gross, Carolyn shares that she cannot think of a better place to work. “I can’t name just one thing I love about working with Jordan and Matthew,” she says. “They are so knowledgeable, so willing to share their knowledge, and they really make everyone feel comfortable.”
Aside from being a Certified Paralegal, Carolyn is also a Notary Public. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time at her Fuquay Varina home with her husband of 25 years, her three children, and their rescue dog. Her family loves traveling internationally, visiting historic sites, reading, and enjoying “the quiet and peaceful life.”