Ms. Proto is proud to be of service to the community where she calls home. Putting clients’ needs at the forefront of her practice model has enabled her to provide the highest level of client satisfaction and excellence in the practice of law. Ms. Proto brings with her a unique background of experience in estate planning, civil litigation, and business law that enables her to deliver a wide spectrum of legal expertise to the creative process.
Ms. Proto completed her undergraduate studies at St. Bonaventure University in New York where she was a member of the prestigious Honors Program and a member of the Division I Women’s Cross Country team. In 2006, Ms. Proto graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure with a B.A. in Political Science.
Ms. Proto attended law school at the Charlotte School of Law from which she earned her Juris Doctor in 2010. During her law school studies, Ms. Proto received the CALI Award for the highest grade in her Constitutional Law class and served as an academic research assistant to her Constitutional Law professor. Additionally, Ms. Proto won the award for “Outstanding Appellate Oral Argument” in the presentation of her Appellate Brief in Legal Research and Writing class. During law school, Ms. Proto cultivated her enthusiasm for the courtroom experience as summer associate at a large civil litigation firm in Charlotte.
Prior to founding her own practice, Ms. Proto worked as an attorney at two prominent law firms in Charlotte, where she most recently held the position of lead counsel of the Litigation Department. To date, Ms. Proto has represented hundreds of clients with a strong dedication to achieving clients’ goals through trustworthy and diligent representation. During the course of her legal career, Ms. Proto has published several legal articles in peer-reviewed journals and has instructed her peers in a Continuing Legal Education course on Social Security Disability.
Ms. Proto is admitted to practice law in North Carolina and New York State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Ms. Proto holds memberships in the North Carolina State Bar, the New York State Bar, and the American Bar Association. She has taught Business Law as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, and she serves on the Scholarship Committee for the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. In her leisure, Ms. Proto enjoys outdoor pursuits including climbing, skiing, mountain biking, golfing and playing tennis.