Attorneys

Meet Your Village

Jennifer S. Tharrington

Education

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, J.D.
  • University of Vermont, Honors College, Summa Cum Laude, B.A.

Jennifer currently works exclusively with clients growing their families through assisted reproduction and surrogacy. Jennifer is an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) fellow of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), one of only four attorneys in North Carolina with such a distinction.

In her Reproductive Law practice, Jennifer has been a pioneer in the state of North Carolina in protecting the rights of intended parents, donors, and surrogates. Jennifer works closely with many local and national IVF clinics and surrogacy agencies to assist couples who are growing their families with the assistance of an egg donor, sperm donor, embryo donor, and/or surrogate. She has given numerous presentations and lectures on Reproductive Law throughout the state, has taught on assisted reproductive technology law at law schools and medical schools throughout the region, and has extensive experience with donor agreements, surrogacy contracts, Pre-Birth Orders, birth certificate issues, adoption (for different-sex and same-sex couples), and all other legal needs of intended parents, donors, and surrogates.

Jennifer is also a firm believer in equal rights and respect for all families. Jennifer has served the LGBT community since she was a law student, and she believes that every family deserves acknowledgment, protection, and respect regardless of how that family is formed or defined. As a longtime advocate for LGBT clients, Jennifer is familiar with the evolution of LGBT rights throughout the state and country, and she competently and zealously represents married and unmarried same-sex couples with an advanced education, experience and understanding of their unique legal needs.

Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association, and the LGBT Family Law Institute. Jennifer is the chairperson of the Modern Family Committee of the Family Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and is a voting member of the Family Law Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. Jennifer is also a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). 

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching the Tar Heels!

Scott W. Drorbaugh

Education

  • University of South Carolina, J.D.
  • Florida State University, B.S.

Early in his career, Scott served as an Assistant District Attorney for Alamance County, North Carolina. He progressed through the DA’s office at a quick pace, handling a full-time felony caseload less than a year after being hired. Scott served as the DWI Prosecutor in Alamance County, trying over 100 DWI trials. As such, Scott will be focusing his adult defense practice at Village Law Group on traffic violations and Impaired Driving (DWI) cases.

Scott also served as the Domestic Violence District Court Prosecutor, which made him well versed in the emotionally charged crimes that occur between family members or current/former romantic partners. Once promoted to the “big leagues,” Scott was assigned a wide array of felonies including but not limited to: Drug Possession/Sale/Deliver/Manufacture, Residential Breaking and Entering, Fraud, Embezzlement, Larceny, Habitual Impaired Driving, Habitual Felon Status Crimes, Possession of Firearms Crimes, and many others. Scott was fortunate enough to try a handful a jury trials, many of them as “first chair” and the sole representative for the State.

During his time as a felony prosecutor, Scott also took over as Juvenile Prosecutor in Alamance County. As Juvenile Prosecutor, Scott handled cases ranging from simple possession of marijuana to First Degree Forcible Rape. Scott enjoyed his time in Juvenile Court because the outcome for most defendants was not incarceration, but rehabilitation with so many more resources available. Scott has an intense awareness and concern for children and is always careful to ensure that the needs of the children in any situation are thoughtfully considered and addressed. He understands that children experiencing crisis or transition in their households or families act out and make mistakes, and that is why Scott heads up the juvenile defense practice at Village Law Group.

Scott is extremely comfortable in the courtroom, but understands that it is not the right venue for all matters. He is sensitive to the complexities of dynamics between family members, and has spent considerable time working with families in crisis and those being affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, and contacts with the adult or juvenile criminal justice systems. 

Scott also balances his litigation schedule with a transactional real estate practice where he enjoys being part of the excitement of a family getting a new home.

Scott earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina. In addition to his J.D., Scott also received a Children’s Law Certificate, which is given to law students who focus their coursework on laws and policies directly affecting children. He has served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for abused and/or neglected children since his time as a legal assistant. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Durham County Bar Association.

When Scott is not handling his clients’ cases he is busy reigning in the several dogs he and his wife, Heather, foster …and sometimes fail by adopting the dogs themselves.