Edelstein & Payne was started by partners Steven Edelstein and Travis Payne in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982. Steven and Travis were working in Legal Services, but opened a private firm when the federal government imposed restrictions on the way in which Legal Services attorneys could represent their clients. Vanessa Lucas joined in 2005 and became partner in 2012, and Sean Cecil joined the firm in early 2015. In summer 2016, Attorney Lucas left the firm and became Judge Lucas when she accepted a job as administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration. Elizabeth Albiston joined the firm in 2018, adding her years of experience in civil litigation and post-conviction relief to the firm's arsenal.

Edelstein & Payne lawyers have been lead attorneys on numerous important cases establishing or vindicating rights, including those of dismissed employees, injured workers, whistleblowers, people who are disabled and unable to work, and people injured as a result of someone else's negligence. Our attorneys also have considerable experience in representing accused criminals in jury trials and motions practice. The firm has successfully represented numerous state, federal employees, and local govenerment employees through the grievance and appeals process. We also emphasize representation in personal injury cases, workers' compensation, and social security disability cases. 

Firm attorneys are active in community organizations and have consistently been listed in "Superlawyers" and "Best Law Firms" among other distinctions. 

  • Sean Cecil

    Sean is an experienced advocate dedicated to justice for all people. He believes that individual ...

  • Steven Edelstein

    Steven Edelstein has been a tireless advocate for freedom and justice throughout his storied care...

  • Travis Payne

    Travis Payne represents employees, unions, and injured workers in Workers' Comp cases. He was lea...

Experienced and Successful

Edelstein & Payne has been dedicated to individual and workers' rights for over 30 years. Our attorneys have consistently been named on best lawyer and superlawyer lists, and have received numerous awards and recognitions for community contributions.

Dedicated to North Carolina Communities

With nearly 80 years of combined experience serving the working people of North Carolina, the lawyers at Edelstein & Payne have proven their dedication to justice for all people.