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Christine Burnside has wanted to be an attorney since she participated in her high school’s mock trial program when she was 14 years old. In the years since, her love of the law has only grown with her experience.
Though she has worked in many areas of law, Christine’s true passion is helping injured and disabled people. At the Deuterman Law Group, Christine handles Social Security Disability cases. Her compassionate nature combined with her legal knowledge makes this a perfect fit for Christine.
Christine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with a degree in political science and a second major in English. Throughout college, she worked in the legal field as an office assistant at several firms.
Hoping to confirm the law was her true calling, she worked for two years as a legal assistant and office manager at Poisson, Poisson & Bower in her hometown of Wilmington. There she assisted on many different types of cases – workers’ compensation, estate law, criminal defense, personal injury, family law, traffic cases and civil litigation.
She enrolled at the UNC School of Law in 2009 and earned her juris doctor in 2012. She was admitted to the N.C. State Bar later the same year.
In 2019, she became one of a select group of board certified specialists in Social Security Disability Law in N.C. The N.C. State Bar offers this certification as a service to the public to help them identify lawyers who are most qualified to represent them. Board certified attorneys have demonstrated special knowledge, skill and proficiency in a particular area of the law.
While in law school, Christine was active in the Student Bar Association, Carolina Law Ambassadors, the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association, Women in Law and the Hispanic Latino Legal Issues Division of the N.C. Advocates for Justice.
Christine worked throughout law school to help pay her tuition. She cleaned houses and worked as a receptionist at a salon, in addition to completing several internships.
She spent her summers working as a research assistant for a UNC professor, and also working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office of Counsel as a legal intern. She later earned a position as an American Bar Association and N.C. Bar Association Fellow in Environmental Law and was able to continue her work on a number of environmental issues, including enforcement of the Clean Water Act, with the Corps of Engineers.
Christine is of Colombian descent, and she would like to improve her knowledge of conversational Spanish so she can communicate directly with Spanish-speaking clients.
Like many at the Deuterman Law Group, Christine is passionate about community service.
In 2011, after her best friend died of breast cancer at age 26, Christine and her sister founded the Paint It Pink Gala. The annual event raises money for a breast cancer support group in North Carolina and, in just two years, the Paint It Pink Gala has collected more than $43,000.
Christine lives in Greensboro with her husband and their two children.