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Fred Morelock

Fred Morelock


Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Tharrington Smith, LLP
Raleigh, NC
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Attorney Biography

Fred Morelock received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and his law degree from UNC in 1976. He then practiced as a trial attorney for ten years in the areas of criminal defense and family law litigation before being appointed to the bench. He joined Tharrington Smith in 2001.

In 1986, Mr. Morelock was appointed by Governor James G. Martin to a Wake County district court judgeship. He was reelected three times and served for fourteen years. In 1990, Mr. Morelock became the first judge in Wake County to become a Certified Juvenile Law Specialist. During the last several years on the bench, he presided almost exclusively in domestic court, most recently in North Carolina’s first designated specialized judgeship in the area of family law.

As a district court judge, Mr. Morelock was a frequent speaker and instructor for continuing legal education seminars for attorneys (North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and Bar Association) and for judges (North Carolina Association of District Court Judges and the Institute of Government New Judges School) on various family law issues. He has also been a seminar speaker for the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Wake County public school principals. Mr. Morelock has served on the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association and its Professionalism Committee, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, and Carolina Legal Assistance.

Mr. Morelock’s practice includes the representation of clients in all areas of family law, as well as mediation and arbitration. He is admitted to practice in all state courts and the federal district courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. Mr. Morelock is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and its family law section. He is former chair of the Grievance Committee for the 10th Judicial District and most recently was appointed by the State Bar Council to the Disciplinary Hearing Commission. He is a Certified Superior Court Mediator and a Certified Family Financial Mediator. In 2016, Mr. Morelock was appointed to a three year term as Chair of the North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission.

Mr. Morelock is married to Jeannie S. Morelock, and they have two teenage sons.


Practice Areas

 
Family Law (50%)
 
Divorce (25%)
 
Divorce Mediation (25%)

Résumé - Fred Morelock

Bar Licenses

North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina
Member in Good Standing
1976

Work Experience

Tharrington Smith, LLP
NC Medical Board, Independent Counsel
2010Present

Tharrington Smith
2001Present

North Carolina District Court, 10th Judicial District, District Court Judge
19862000

Trial Attorney, Criminal & Family Law
19761986

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Education

University of North Carolina School of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctor
1976

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA
1974

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Associations

Wake County Bar Association
Former Board of Directors
Wake County Bar Association
20052006

Vice Chair
Disciplinary Hearing Commission
2014

Member
North Carolina State Bar
1976

Member
United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Member
North Carolina Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section

Member
North Carolina State Bar, Family Law Section

Member
North Carolina State Courts

Member
United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

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Awards & Honors

10th Judicial District Bar Appreciation Award
10th Judicial District Bar
2010

Legal Elite
Business North Carolina magazine
2009

Wake County Bar Association Presidents Award of Excellence
Wake County Bar Association
2009

Certified Superior Court Mediator
North Carolina Court System Commission

Certified Family Financial Mediator
North Carolina Court Sytem Commission

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Commercial Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America - Family Law Section
Best Lawyers in America
2020

Best Lawyers in America - Family Mediation Section
Best Lawyers in America
2020

Best Lawyers in America
2019

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2018

Best Lawyers in America
2018

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2018

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2017

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2017

Best Lawyers in America
2017

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2016

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2016

Best Lawyers in America
2016

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2015

Best Lawyers of America
2015

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2015

Best Lawyers of America
2014

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2014

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2014

Best Lawyers of America
2013

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2013

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2013

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2012

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2012

Best Lawyers of America
2012

Best Lawyers of America
2011

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2011

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2011

Best Law Firms
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
2010

Best Lawyers of America
2010

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2010

Best Lawyers of America
2009

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2009

Best Lawyers of America
2008

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2008

Best Lawyers of America
2007

Best Lawyers of America
2006

Super Lawyers
North Carolina Super Lawyers
2006

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Fred Morelock
Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville Street Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
raleighmediators.com
Office: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-828-1583

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