Christina McAlpin Taylor Alumna Profile

Christina McAlpin Taylor is a family and community studies alumna who graduated in 2003 with a minor in business management. Christina also received her law degree from North Carolina Central University in 2006.

Today, Christina is a partner at the Raleigh-based law firm of Smith Debnam and a member of the firm’s creditors’ rights practice group. An accomplished attorney known for handling a large volume of cases with precision and grace, she represents a wide range of businesses through all stages of creditor representation, including pre-suit collection efforts, lawsuits, judgments, and executions. In her practice group, she actively leads approximately 75 employees, including two attorney associates, in addition to managing the leadership development of five direct reports. In 2016, Christina was named to the 25 Most Influential Women in Collections by Collection Advisor Magazine, and in 2020, she was named to the 2020 class of East Carolina University’s 40 Under Forty Leadership Awards.

Since graduating from East Carolina University, Christina has continued being involved and supporting ECU as part of her overall commitment to community activism and civic leadership – ideals that were seeded during her time as a Pirate. Christina is quick to get involved when there’s a need, particularly in activities that support underprivileged or at-risk youth.

Of her time at ECU, Christina tells us, “My experience at ECU was great. I learned many important life skills at ECU from working hard to having fun.” 

Christina’s advice for future students? “Life is short and college life is really short….. make sure to work hard but also find time to ‘play hard’. 

Christina now resides in Raleigh with her husband and their three young sons.