Fred M. Morelock

Fred M. Morelock

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
 | 150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (20%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%)
    Attorney Profile

    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.

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

    About Fred Morelock

    Admitted: 1976, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage:


    • 10th Judicial District Bar Appreciation Award, 2010
    • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina Magazine, 2009
    • Wake County Bar Association Presidents Award of Excellence, 2009
    • Best Lawyers of America®, Family Law Section, Since 2006

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Superior Court Mediator
    • Certified Family Financial Mediator

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Wake County Bar Association,  Professionalism Committee, Former Member
    • North Carolina State Bar, Family Law Section, Member
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
    • Wake County Bar Association, Former Board of Directors
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
    • 10th Judicial District Bar, Grievance Committee, Former Chair
    • North Carolina State Courts
    • State Bar Council, Disciplinary Hearing Commission, Vice-Chair, Since 2014

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Carolina Legal Assistance, Former Board of Directors
    • Raleigh Rescue Mission, Former Board of Directors

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Family Law Intensive Seminar, Recapture of Alimony, 2008
    • Perils and Pitfalls in ADR, Arbitration and Post Hearing Matters, 2005

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • North Carolina District Court, 10th Judicial District, District Court Judge, Appointed by Gov. James G. Martin Domestic Court, first specialized judgeship in the area of family law, 1986

    Educational Background:

    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Arts and Law, 1974
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    Office Location for Fred M. Morelock

    150 Fayetteville St.
    Suite 1800
    Raleigh, NC 27601

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    Last Updated: 8/3/2020

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