“Our guiding principle has been, and always will be, to offer the kind of service we’d want if we were the client,” says Andrea Worden, Founding Attorney of Worden & Carbitcher and one of 405 Magazine’s 2020 Top Attorneys.
Worden & Carbitcher began in 2006 as Ms. Worden set out to create a law firm she herself would choose if she were in need of legal representation. Little did she know that that seed of inspiration would sprout into a team of attorneys with over 50 years of combined legal experience, or that she’d one day join forces with Darlene Carbitcher to build one of Norman’s top criminal defense and family law firms.
“We all hit bumps in the road – an unexpected divorce, a spur-of-the-moment reckless decision, the loss of a loved one,” Worden says, “Or maybe what seems like a bump to us at the time ends up leading to something positive, like a desire to adopt. These moments can feel overwhelming, even when they’re worth celebrating.”
When those ‘bumps’ come along, people need help. “No one should have to go through challenging times alone,” says Worden. She, of all people, can relate to hard times and how important it is to have the support of others through them. When she suffered a major health crisis in 2018, it was her partner, Ms. Carbitcher, who was there to keep the ship sailing smoothly.
Four years later, the firm is thriving with a full team, decades of experience, and success in all areas.
Worden & Carbitcher provides a wide range of legal services. Darlene Carbitcher and Andrea Worden carry the firm’s criminal defense cases, expungements, and post-dispositional matters. Stephanie Fryar and Jillian Mershon handle the firm’s family law matters, which include adoptions, divorce, child custody, probate, and more. And Wyatt Worden, Andrea’s husband, serves the firm’s nonprofit clients.
Worden & Carbitcher is located in the former and newly renovated Norman Chamber of Commerce building. In addition to the law firm, Worden & Carbitcher has created a female-only co-study/co-working space called tēk, which provides a safe and professional work/study environment to “encourage, empower, and elevate women.”