Fred grew up in Charlotte and attended Indpendence High School. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975 and returned to obtain his Masters Degree in 1977. He taught in the College of Business at UNC-Charlotte until leaving for Wake Forest Law School in 1979. He was elected Chief Justice of the Moot Court at Wake Forest. After graduating in 1982, Fred returned to UNC-Charlotte where he taught Business Law for three years in addition to practicing law. He is a life long member of Matthews United Methodist Church where he has been an adult Sunday School teacher since 1982.
Fred's oldest child, Will, graduated from Elon Law School in 2009 and is now an associate in Fred's firm along with Derek Adler. Fred's daughter, Julie DeVore, works in the theatre district of New York City where she moved after graduating from UNC-Greensboro in 2010. Stephen DeVore, is a senior at Charlotte Latin High School where he is a member of the golf team, school newspaper and concert band.
He is frequently lecturer on legal topics for many professional associations and has been named as one of the top attorneys in NC by independent attorney rating services.