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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: 35%
    17 years
  2. Child Custody: 25%
    17 years
  3. Family: 15%
    17 years
  4. Alimony: 15%
    17 years
  5. Mediation: 10%
    17 years


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Chelsea Michelle Chapman

    If you are looking for a smart, dedicated family law attorney, then look no further because Sean is your guy. Sean provides excellent representation for his clients and is highly respected in the community. He is at ease in the courtroom and knows how to successfully persuade the finder of fact that his argument is the winning argument. I strongly recommend Sean to anyone seeking a divorce attorney.


    Chelsea Chapman Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Tara Austin Harrawood

    Sean is a compassionate, experienced family law attorney. He values his clients and works diligently to protect their interests in every situation. I would recommend Sean to anyone in need of a family law attorney.


    Tara Harrawood Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

McIlveen Family Law Firm

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

McIlveen Family Law Firm

1704 East Blvd.
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC, 28203



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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
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
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
Herrin vs. HerrinOpposing party's appeal was dismissed and trial court order was affirmed.
Ewing vs. EwingSuccessfully dismissed as interlocutory
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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