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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 - 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Fred Morelock practiced as a trial attorney for ten years in the areas of criminal defense and family law litigation before being appointed as a District Court Judge for Wake County where he served for 14 years.   He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and his law degree from UNC in 1976.   During the time Fred was on the bench he presided almost exclusively in family court, most recently in North Carolina’s first designated specialized judgeship in the area of family law. He joined Tharrington Smith in 2001.  Fred’s  practice includes the representation of clients in all areas of family law, as well as mediation and arbitration; in addition he serves as independent counsel for the North Carolina Medical Board and the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. He is a Certified Superior Court mediator and a Certified Family Financial mediator.

Fred is presently a councilor for the North Carolina State Bar, and has been a member of the Disciplinary Hearing Commission, most recently Chair from 2017 to 2019.  

Mr. Morelock has two adult sons, Matthew and Cameron.

About Fred M. Morelock

First Admitted: 1976, North Carolina

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Pro bono/Community Service

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

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

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • Certified Family Financial Mediator


  • 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

Educational Background

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Arts and Law, 1974

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
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Office Location for Fred M. Morelock

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 9/2/2021

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