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I enjoy ballroom dancing, traveling, and college basketball. As a ballet dancer at the age of 4 and a college basketball enthusiast by the age of 12, I enjoy staying active and watching performances or games. I also enjoy learning about different cultures, listening to new types of music, and discovering new forms of dance through reading and traveling.

I moved to North Carolina at the age of 12. I went to middle school and high school in Cary, N.C. I graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a B.A. degree. I attended the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, N.C., and graduated with my J.D.

I live in Charlotte, N.C., enjoying the city life. I am an Associate Attorney at the McIlveen Family Law Firm. Although new to the practice of law, I am an enthusiastic, dedicated, and hard-working attorney committed to helping people from across Gastonia, Charlotte, and the surrounding areas.

As a child of divorce and domestic violence, I understand the emotional toll that accompanies complex family legal proceedings and the everyday fear of the unknown. From this background, I became dedicated to pursuing a legal career with the hopes of helping families and protecting children. I am thorough in my understanding, appreciation, and application of the law, and I am devoted to learning the story, situation, and legal needs of each and every client.

When I am not in the courtroom or in my office, you will find me on the dance floor, roaming museums and art events, or planning my next trip abroad.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Arabic

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
  2. Child Custody: 30%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Tara Austin Harrawood

    Theresa is a zealous advocate for her clients. She is hard-working, compassionate, and knowledgeable. I would recommend her services to any client.


    Tara Harrawood Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Chelsea Michelle Chapman

    Family law attorneys should be sincere, intelligent, and compassionate. Theresa is all of the above and I admire her enthusiastic and efficient approach to her cases. I would recommend Theresa to anyone who needs a family law attorney.


    Chelsea Chapman Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Mcilveen Family Law Firm

1704 East Blvd.
Suite. 200
Charlotte, NC, 28203

McIlveen Family Law Firm

174 S. South Street
Suite 301
Gastonia, NC, 28052



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best for Domestic Violence - North CarolinaAcquisition International2015
Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute DiplomaAmerican Bar Association Section of Family Law - National Institute for Trial Advocacy2014
International Appellate Advocacy TeamHolderness Moot Court - University of North Carolina School of Law2012
100+ Hours of Pro Bono WorkUNC School of Law Pro Bono Program2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyMcIlveen Family Law Firm2012 - Present
Third Year PractitionerUNC School Of Law Clinical Program2011 - 2012
Third Year PractitionerThirteenth Judicial District Attorney's Office2011 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mecklenburg County Bar, Hispanic-Latino Lawyers BarMember2015 - Present
The Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt American Inn of CourtAssociate2014 - Present
National Association of Professional WomenMember2014 - 2015
Business Networking InternationalMember2012 - 2015
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2012 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar, Young Lawyers SectionMember2012 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division AssemblyMember2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Gaston County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's DivisionMember2012 - Present
North Carolina State BarMember2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Gaston County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
George Washington University National Law CenterInternational AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts2009
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar AssociationPrenuptial Agreements: Not Just For the Rich and Famous2015