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I grew up in Gaston County, North Carolina and am currently a resident of Gastonia, North Carolina.  I am a partner attorney at the McIlveen Family Law Firm, which I started with my wife, Angela, who is also an attorney. We have offices in Gastonia and Charlotte, North Carolina.  I received my undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and my Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Houston Law School in 1998.  I have devoted my practice exclusively to family law since admission to the North Carolina Bar. I am a certified family mediator and have conducted mediations for over 8 years.  I am married to Angela McIlveen, an attorney and his partner at the firm.  We have 4 children ranging in ages from 20 to 8 years old. When I am not in court, I enjoy spending time with my children, woodworking, and traveling with Angela.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 35%
    16 years
  2. Child Custody: 25%
    16 years
  3. Family: 15%
    16 years
  4. Alimony: 15%
    16 years
  5. Mediation: 10%
    16 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Sean is a true expert in the field of family law and someone who I can always trust to provide excellent legal advice. His 15+ years experience are evident when he speaks with his clients. Sean is a strong advocate for those he represents and his knowledge and expertise make him a forceful presence in the courtroom. I endorse this attorney for his zealous representation skills which are backed up by a thorough understanding of the law.


    Kristen Leonard
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Tara R. Sain

    I have known Sean professionally for 14 years and continue to be impressed by his legal knowledge, work ethic and fearlessness. Sean has steadfastly proven to be a dedicated professional and tenacious advocate for his clients.


    Tara Sain Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

McIlveen Family Law Firm

1371-B East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC, 28054


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Family Lawyers in North CarolinaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Cum Laude GraduateUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcIlveen Family Law Firm2011 - Present
AttorneyLangson Law Firm1998 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Dispute Resolution CommissionCertified Family Financial Mediator2012 - Present
North Carolina State BarAdmitted1998 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssocationAttorney Member1998 - Present
Gaston County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ewing vs. EwingSuccessfully dismissed as interlocutory
Herrin vs. HerrinOpposing party's appeal was dismissed and trial court order was affirmed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Word AssociationA Mother's Guide to Custody2013
Word AssociationA Father's Guide to Custody2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of HoustonLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of North Carolina, CharlotteSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2012 5th Annual CLA/NCCP Review CourseFamily Law2012