Lauren Arizaga-Womble


Phone: 252-335-0871
Fax: 252-335-4223
301 East Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909


Jackie Laverty (Paralegal)
Kelli Jones (Legal Assistant)

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Lauren is a graduate of Regent University School of Law, and graduated summa cum laude from Elizabeth City State University, majoring in criminal justice. Lauren was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2009 and began her practice with the First Judicial District’s Public Defender’s office as an Assistant Public Defender, gaining valuable trial experience in both District and Superior Court. In 2012, Lauren was asked to join the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney, where she was primarily responsible for handling Superior Court criminal matters, trying multiple jury trials. Since 2014, Lauren has been in private practice, representing multiple local governmental entities such as Chowan County, Currituck County Board of Adjustment, Camden County Social Services and Chowan County Department of Social Services. Lauren also maintains a busy family law practice assisting clients facing issues of divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support and equitable distribution. Lauren also maintained a general civil litigation practice. Lauren is the former First Judicial District Bar President, currently serves on the Regent University School of Law Board of Visitors and is active in many local organizations. As a partner at Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP, Lauren will focus her practice representing local governmental entities and assisting clients facing divorce, custody and support issues, as well as handling general litigation matters.


  • Regent University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor- 2009
    • Mentor for First Year Law Students
  • Elizabeth City State University (B.S. 2006)
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Suma cum laude
    • Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society



Bar & Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar
    • First Judicial District Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Personal & Community

  • Regent University School of Law Board of Visitors  2016 – present
  • First Judicial District Bar President  2019 -2021
  • First Judicial District Bar Vice President  2017-2019
  • River City Community Development Board  2014 – 2016
  • Pasquotank County JCPC Teen Court Judge  2014 – 2016
  • Albemarle Hopeline Domestic Violence Board  2012 – 2014

In my spare time I’m a wife and a mom. I volunteer at my kid’s school for events and coach in the girl’s intramural basketball program.


Appellate Opinions & Decisions

  • Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • Oral Argument March 2022
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals