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The McIlveen Family Law Firm Story

The McIlveen Family Law Firm was founded by husband and wife team, Sean and Angela McIlveen. The firm is headquartered in Gastonia, NC. In addition to the Gastonia office, the firm has offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC.

With 10 family law attorneys, dedicated to only practicing family law, the firm has more than 50 years of combined legal experience.

The team of family law attorneys handles all types of NC family law cases including divorce, child custody, mediation, high asset divorce, alimony, equitable distribution, property division, separation agreements, prenuptial agreements, grandparents’ rights, domestic violence, adoption, surrogacy, and more.

Our attorneys also handle other family matters including estate planning, wills, trusts, power of attorney, and probate.

Recognizing that most people going through a divorce or family law case, feel like everything in their life is out of control, the firm set out on a mission to educate our clients about the law, so that they could make good decisions about their case. McIlveen clients have a team working on every case.

The McIlveen Family Law Firm is committed to maintaining a reputation for excellence and is focused on serving clients throughout North and South Carolina. The team is experienced in mediation and is often able to help you settle your NC divorce or family law case without going to court. However, if a trial is necessary the experienced trial lawyers at the McIlveen Family Law Firm are ready to take your case to court and always strive to get you the best outcome possible.

The McIlveen Family Law Firm has offices in Gastonia, Charlotte, and Raleigh, NC.

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Firm Founder Bios


Angela McIlveen, family law attorneyThe 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.



Sean McIlveen, Family Law AttorneyWhen I am not in the courtroom, I spend my time working on cars, building custom furniture and remodeling. I grew up in Gastonia, N.C. and graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a B.A. degree. I attended law school at both the University of Houston Law Center and Wake Forest University School of Law. I graduated with my J.D. from the University of Houston. I am also the author of two books on child custody and I am often asked to speak at events. I am a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Gaston County Bar Association and Cabarrus County Bar Association. I am also a Certified Mediator for family financial matters and have conducted mediations for more than 12 years. I frequently mediate cases for attorneys in the greater Mecklenburg and Gaston County areas.

Awards & Recognition

INC 5000

McIlveen Family Law - 2016, 2017, 2018

INC 5000

Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the US


McIlveen Family Law - 2016, 2015


The Fast 50 Awards is an annual event that honors the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

Best Places to Work

McIlveen Family Law 2014 - 2016

Charlotte Business Journal

The expert legal team at the McIlveen Family Law Firm is composed of experienced attorneys who work tirelessly and advocate aggressively for their clients, looking out for their best interests and ensuring that their rights are always protected.

Top Attorneys

Angela McIlveen - Rising Star 2015, 2016, 2017

Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers in over 70 practice areas who have acquired a high degree of both professional achievement and peer recognition.

Top Client Satisfaction

Angela McIlveen 2015 - 2016

American Institute of Legal Counsel Family Law

Client satisfaction is one of foundations of our company. Angela has been recognized two years consecutively for having the highest client satisfaction in our industry.

10 Best Law Firms

McIlveen Family Law - 2016

American Institute of Legal Counsel Family Law

The McIlveen Family Law Firm is among the top 10 law firms in North Carolina for family law.

Top Client Satisfaction

Chelsea Chapman - 2016

American Institute of Legal Counsel Family Law

Client satisfaction is one of foundations of our company. Angela has been recognized two years consecutively for having the highest client satisfaction in our industry.

Top 10 Under 40

Angela McIlveen - 2016

American Society of Legal Advocates

The Top 10 Under 40 aims to recognize remarkable legal talent among the next generation of exceptional attorneys. ASLA is an invitation-only legal organization that selects less than 1.5 percent of attorneys nationally

AATA Premier 100

Sean McIlveen - 2015

American Academy of Trial Attorneys

The American Academy of Trial Attorneys has recognized Sean McIlveen as one of the Premier 100 top trial attorneys in family law.

Top 40 Under 40

Angela McIlveen - 2015, 2014

American Society of Legal Advocates

The Top 40 Under 40 aims to recognize remarkable legal talent among the next generation of exceptional attorneys. ASLA is an invitation-only legal organization that selects less than 1.5 percent of attorneys nationally.

Top 100 NC Family Lawyers

Sean McIlveen - 2014

National Trial Lawyers

Sean McIlveen is one of the best in his field. He was awarded the honor of being on the top 100 list for the expertise and professionalism in family law.

Lawyer of the Year Honoree

Angela McIlveen - 2014

Lawyer's Weekly

The prestigious event honors 30 legal professionals from law firms across North Carolina that go above and beyond in their profession and community, representing the most influential individuals in the legal community.

Marketer of the Year

Angela McIlveen - 2014

Great Legal Marketing

Angela McIlveen was recognized as Marketer of the Year for her exceptional efforts in branding and marketing.

Community Impact Award

McIlveen Family Law Firm - 2014

Community Impact Award

McIlveen Family Law has been recognized and awarded this prestigious award for its involvement and impact in its community.

USIEC Excellence in Law

McIlveen Family Law Firm - 2013

US Institute for Excellence in Commerce

The 2013 North Carolina Excellence Award acknowledges the firm as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small business their service to the community and their customers.

America's Premier Experts in Publishing Expert Content

Angela McIlveen - 2013

America's Premier Experts

Angela and Sean McIlveen wrote a series of books which were published and can be downloaded free in the "Books" section of this website.

AVVO Client Choice Award

Angela McIlveen - 2013


Angela McIlveen was presented with the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for the Divorce category. Every year, honors attorneys throughout the country with the Clients’ Choice Award based on the quality and quantity of reviews the attorney has received from clients on his or her Avvo profile.

Angela McIlveen – In The News

Angela McIlveen on WBTV talks about cheating spouses

“Attorney Angela McIlveen told WBTV that, nowadays, spouses are typically catching each other cheating by reading texts or social media conversations.”

Angela McIlveen - Business Leader SpotlightPodcast: The Show

Angela McIlveen featured in Gaston Gazette

“Angela McIlveen among NC’s best”

Angela McIlveen on Fox Charlotte

Charity and Community Support

  • As a local, family-owned business, we at McIlveen Family Law Firm feel extremely blessed to be able to help so many people in our community. Throughout the year, the entire team at our firm is involved in various charity projects.
  • Angela McIlveen was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Bethlehem Center luncheon, where the firm also donated money to the cause. The Bethlehem Center aims to provide educational opportunities for low-income children and families and help improve the quality of their lives. Angela is currently a Board Member.
  • Angela also organized the group for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for the Cure at Carowinds, where the firm donated $2,000.
  • One of the firm’s attorneys spearheaded a successful wine auction at Zebra Restaurant, raising $2,500 for the benefit of The Relatives—a local charity that works with foster care children and runaway teenagers.
  • Attorneys worked together with Project Halo—a no-kill shelter—to host an adoption day for animals during the summer.
  • The McIlveen Family Law Firm supports SCAN of Iredell County, an organization that strives to stop child abuse, and build hope for children and families through education, intervention, and counseling programs.
  • The firm also supports the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, a home to exceptional arts organizations. The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center aims to use the arts as a major catalyst to improve education, advance economic growth, and unite the community.
  • Once more, the McIlveen Family Law Firm is sponsoring the Fighting for Women of Fashion, which is a cause to end domestic violence and provide hope and healing for people in crisis.
  • Giving back is important. At McIlveen Family Law Firm, we also give all of our firm’s employees two paid days off each year so that they can volunteer at a charity of their choice.
  • One Saturday morning, Sean McIlveen gathered the team together to landscape an entire yard to celebrate the 100th Habitat for Humanity home built in Gaston County.