Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates
Licensed for 14 years
The first thing you will notice when you meet me is that I genuinely care about my clients and the clients of the Firm. Maybe it’s because I remember going through my parents’ nasty divorce when I was 6 years old. I know how my parents' divorce impacted my life and growing up with my dad when kids didn’t grow up with their fathers definitely shaped my life. In case you are wondering, no my mom wasn’t a bad person. My dad just had the best attorney in town. I also have the unique perspective of having gone through my own custody trial and having sat in the witness seat in court. I know how crazy going through a divorce or custody lawsuit can make you, and I know how painful it is to have your life torn apart.
My colleagues say that I’m aggressive but I would say that I’m just passionate about my clients and what I do. Whether I am in or out of the courtroom, I give it my all. I know that while I love being the courtroom, it isn’t always the best place for my clients’ cases. I’m always open to resolving cases outside of court.
Since graduating from law school, I have focused my practice exclusively on litigation including discovery, court motion hearings, deposition, trial, mediation, and appeals. As a partner at the McIlveen Law Firm, I handle cases in family law including child custody and support, divorce, alimony, adoption, separation, domestic violence, and equitable distribution. I also supervise cases that are handled by our Associate Attorneys. We handle cases in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory, Lenoir, Lincolnton, Mathews, Monroe, Shelby, and Statesville. In July of 2017, we will open a new office in Raleigh, N.C. to help clients who live in Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, and surrounding cities. We have plans to open additional offices in Greenville, S.C., Atlanta, G.A., and Florida. in 2019. When I’m not full speed ahead in the courtroom and running a growing law practice, I love spending time with my children, grandson, and my husband, Sean.
AWARDS Rising Star, Super Lawyers 2017 Rising Star, Super Layers 2016 Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating Top 10 Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015, 2016 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates 2014, 2015 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys under 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Leader in the Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly 2014 Client Choice Award, Avvo 2014 Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers 2014 GLM International Marketer of the Year 2015 America’s PremierExperts in Publishing Expert Content America’s PremierExperts 2013 National Membership, Order of Barristers 2006 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets, NBI 2017 Advanced Divorce Law Valuing and Dividing Complex Assets: Stock, Pensions, Retirement and more, NBI 2016 GLM 2014 NC Divorce Seminar What You Need to Know About Divorce 2012 Focus on Decision-Makers Crafting the Right Story for Your Audience 2012 Insurance CLE for Geico Insurance Law 2011 RECENT ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS Think Fast: Discovering an Unfaithful Spouse, WBTV interview Gaston Gazette Breaking Down Walls, Broke Down Barriers Arroe Collins 99.7 Unplugged and Totally Uncut Business Leader Spotlight Divorce Guidebook MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS North Carolina State Bar Florida State Bar (CLER exempt) Charlotte City Club, member Gaston County Bar Association Attorney, member 2013 – Present North Carolina Bar Association, member 2009 – Present Family Law Section Attorney, member 2012 – Present Law Practice Management Section Board, member 2013 – 2017 Technology Subcommittee 2013 – 2017 Nominating Committee 2013 – 2015 American Bar Association Attorney Member 2013 – Present Law Practice Management Section Attorney 2013 – Present Family Law Section Attorney 2013 – Present Litigation Section Attorney Member 2014 – Present National Institute of Trial Lawyers Member 2014-2016 National Women Trial Lawyers Member 2014 – 2016 Answer Scholarship Committee Member 2012 – 2015 National Association Of Women Business Owners Member 2012 – 2013 Mecklenburg County Bar Association Attorney Member 2009 – 2012 EDUCATIONJ.D. Case Western Reserve School of Law, Concentration in Litigation Milton A. Kramer Criminal Justice Clinic participant Member, Order of Barristers National Honor Society Team member, Mock Trial: NTC Competition 2-0, Crosstown Competition 1-1; Coach/Coordinator, AIPLA Moot Court Team; Highest Grades: Trial Tactics, Genetics, Milton Kramer Criminal Law Clinic: A Authored two notes: How, if at all, is the issue of “luring” (i.e. enticing a suspect overseas, via a ruse, to travel to a place where he is then arrested and taken to another country for trial) or abduction addressed under international and U.S. law? (written for the Office of the Prosecutor of the Military Tribunal at Guantanamo Bay); and The Absent Victim: Undermining the Adversarial Process. B.A. English, Lenoir-Rhyne University Leadership ScholarshipRead less
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2008, North Carolina
Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory
Born in 1975
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