Yolanda graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. After graduating from college with Honors, Yolanda was a high school history teacher, debate and speech coach, and Mock trial coach for three years at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, North Carolina.
In 1999 she attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in May 2002 with her Juris Doctor degree. Yolanda began her career as an Assistant Public Defender in October 2002 and handled criminal matters in District and Superior Court. During this time she was also an Adjunct Professor at UNC-Charlotte in the criminal justice department. In 2005 she opened her own law practice, the Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman, PLLC. She was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix. Yolanda was nationally ranked at one of the “Top 10 Ten Under 40” Family Law attorneys by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
She was elected as District Court Judge on November 4, 2014 and served as a Judge in the 26th Judicial District where she presided over criminal and civil matters. She presided over matters in all criminal courts, civil court, domestic violence courts and family court. Yolanda decided to leave the bench in December 2016 and returned to the private sector to practice law and to further develop her non-profit organization, iSpeak Now. She is also a consultant and mentors young attorneys.
She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for three non-profit organizations: the YWCA Central Carolinas, Above and Beyond Students and Community Dream Builders. She has been honored with numerous awards for her service to the community by various organizations. Most recently she was named as one of the 50 Most Influential Woman in Charlotte by the Mecklenburg Times and as a Woman of Excellence by Radio One.
Whether you are experiencing a divorce or other family law related issue, been charged with committing a crime, been involved in an accident or have a civil law matter, everything can be overwhelming. And we know that at The Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman, PLLC. Attorney Trotman's unique experience of presiding as a District Court Judge in criminal and civil courtrooms and more than a decade of experience as a successful trial lawyer, you can focus on things that matter most, instead of finding yourself overwhelmed and worried about your court case.