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About Devan & Null

Your legal team for Family Law and Criminal Defense.

About Devan & Null

We are the only local law firm with both a former Family District Court Judge and former Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney.  We pride ourselves on our extensive community involvement. We believe in public service and giving back to our community. With over 44 years combined experience from Small Claims to Appellate Courts, there is no better choice but Devan & Null.

We are a family-owned law firm and understand you do not need to waste your time or money. We know you must put your family first and invest in the future of your children. We have a common sense approach to getting your case completed effectively and efficiently.

We have the ability to be aggressive litigators when necessary – but we also possess the insight and knowledge to be honest and tell you when you need to settle so that your time, energy and money is not wasted.

In Family Law our first question will always be, can your family stay together – can you work this out?  If the answer is no, we will look to options of settlement costing you and your family the least amount of time and money.  If that is not an option, we have the ability to represent you aggressively in court to reach the best possible outcome to protect your rights.

Devan and Null

Laura A. Devan

devanFormer Judge Laura A. Devan attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors with a BA in History and French. She received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. While in law school, Judge Devan volunteered with the Orange-Durham Coalition for Battered Women and the UNC Law Domestic Violence Project. She was a research assistant for Professor Patricia Bryan and interned at Atlanta Legal Aid Society in Georgia.

Her long term goal of doing poverty-impact work was realized with her first job at East Central Community Legal Services where she worked in the areas of housing and education law. Judge Devan moved to Fayetteville in 1995 where she went into private practice specializing in the area of Family Law and continued her nonprofit work. She has served on the Dogwood Festival Committee, the Cape Fear Regional Theater Board, in the Junior League of Fayetteville, and was a founding member of the Women’s Giving Circle. She currently serves on the boards of Better Health of Cumberland County, the Child Advocacy Center, and Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. Laura  previously served as a Commissioner on the State Rules Review Commission, on the State Criminal Justice Partnership Board and on the Local Domestic Relations Steering Committee for Family Court.


In 2008, Laura was appointed by Governor Easley to a newly created 10th District Court Judgeship in Cumberland County. She won a contested election in 2008 and ran unopposed in 2012. Laura served as one of the five Family Court Judges and sat primarily in Family Court, Domestic Violence Court and Child Support Enforcement Court. In her free time, Laura enjoys her volunteer work, and is an avid runner who loves competing in races. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family: her husband of 20 years, Attorney Jeffrey D. Null and their daughter Rachel.


      • Lafayette College, Easton PA
      • Graduated with honors and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
      • UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
      • State of NC Rules Review Commissioner
      • State of NC Board Criminal Justice Partnership Program
      • Cumberland County Domestic Relations Steering Committee – Family Court
      • Wade Edwards Mock Trial Coach
      • Dogwood Festival Committee
      • Cape Fear Regional Theater Board of Directors
      • Junior League of Fayetteville Sustainer
      • Better Health Board of Directors and Past Board President
      • Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors
      • Fayetteville Animal Protection Society Board of Directors
      • Presenting Speaker at:
        • Fort Bragg Equality Day
        • Fayetteville State University Panel
      • Former Family Court Judge –
        • One appointed term (Appointed by Governor Easley to newly created seat 2008)
        • Two Elected Terms 2008 and 2012
        • 13 years of trial lawyer experience – 9 years as District Court Judge
        • One of 5 out of 10 judges to be designated as Family Court Judge all 9 years.
        • Specialized Judicial Training in Family Court
        • Thousands of cases tried as lawyer and as sitting Judge
        • Sat primarily in Family Court, Child Support Court and Domestic Violence Court
        • Heard and ruled in thousands of cases as a judge and tried thousands of cases as an attorney.  Unique insight into how the court system works and what judges need to hear to resolve a case

Jeffrey D. Null

nullAttorney Jeffrey D. Null is a military brat and was born in Tampa, Florida.  His family moved to the Fort Bragg area when he was three.  Jeff’s mother was a Cumberland County Teacher’s Assistant at Manchester Elementary and his father is now retired Air Force.  Jeff grew up in Spring Lake, North Carolina and attended Cumberland County public schools.  He graduated from Pine Forest High School in 1987 where he played Varsity Football for three years.

Jeff graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the business school program with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1991.  He then attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and graduated with his JD in 1994.

Upon graduation Jeff went into private practice in Asheville, NC handling personal injury cases.  He then decided to return to his home town to be closer to family and practiced at Hutchens & Senter doing civil litigation, criminal defense and traffic.  Jeff had the opportunity to work in the Cumberland County District Attorney’s office for the former District Attorney Ed Grannis who became his mentor and friend.  Jeff prosecuted cases in District Court and Superior Court from DUIs to a death penalty jury trial.  His experience there was invaluable.

After his tenure at the DA’s office, Jeff returned to private practice at Rand & Gregory, P.A. where he practiced in the areas of Criminal Defense, Traffic and Bankruptcy.  He practiced law there with his wife and law partner, Laura Devan for over ten years.  In 2012 Jeff decided to branch out and form his own law firm, The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Null, PLLC which he is now merging with his wife to form Devan & Null, PLLC.

In his 22 years of practice, Jeff has handled thousands of cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney.  He understands criminal cases from both sides – prosecution and defense.  He represents kids in Juvenile Delinquency Court and adults in District and Superior court.  Jeff also represents individuals charged in Federal Court.  Jeff has tried numerous jury trials both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney.  He has prosecuted and defended death penalty cases.

While practicing law, Jeff has been active in our community.  He has served as a coach for the Wade Edwards Mock trial program.  Jeff also helps Laura with her non-profit work and has volunteered and assisted at many events including Better Health’s Red Apple Run for Diabetes.  Jeff has been actively involved in local politics and volunteered on many political campaigns.


      • UNC Chapel Hill
      • UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
      • Fayetteville Native – Pine Forest High School
      • Former Assistant District Attorney
      • Wade Edwards Mock Trial Coach
      • State and Federal Courts
      • Prosecuted and Defended Capital Murder Trials
      • Juvenile Delinquent Court Appointed List
      • Jeff has practiced law and tried cases in the Cumberland County Courthouse for 22 years.  



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Years of Combined Public Service



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