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Angela White McIlveen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Charlotte, NC

4.6   11 reviews

also known as Angela McIlveen

  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 15 years
    Florida - FL 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Member in Good Standing - CLER Exempt No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Angela

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I have been where you are. As a family law attorney who solely focuses on family law, a child of divorce who grew up with my dad, a mother of two children who divorced and went through my own custody lawsuit, and a woman who is remarried and has two wonderful stepchildren, I have a unique perspective on divorce and custody that can only come from having lived it.

I am also an experienced attorney representing families in all areas of family law in Charlotte, NC, and Gastonia, NC, and Raleigh NC.  And a partner attorney at the McIlveen Family Law Firm, which has offices in Charlotte, Gastonia, and Raleigh, NC.  I represent families in North Carolina divorce, child custody, child support, post-separation support, alimony, equitable distribution, mediation, separation agreements, and more. I am a  Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. And I frequently write articles for various publications, including the firm blog, website, and Twitter. You might have heard me on the radio or seen me on tv being interviewed in the media on various family law issues.

What I want you to know is that you are not alone in this process. If you feel like your life is out of control and you want to find out how to get some of it back, call my office. We can help.

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McIlveen Family Law Firm - offices in Charlotte, Gastonia, & Raleigh NC
400 South Tryon St.
Suite 950
Charlotte, NC, 28202
McIlveen Family Law Firm - offices in Charlotte, Gastonia, & Raleigh NC
174 S. South St
Suite 301
Gastonia, NC, 28052
McIlveen Family Law Firm - offices in Charlotte, Gastonia, & Raleigh NC
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2300
Raleigh, NC, 27601
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  11 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Angela
My custody case felt very hostile from the beginning. The opposing counsel tried very hard to present me as a bad person, father and convolute the facts. It took me off guard. Then, I found Angela. Angela took a personal responsibility to do her best to first learn about the case and then represent me. She didn't play in to the games and negativity that the opposing counsel was trying hard to pursue. Instead she focused on who I was as a father, the connection I have with my child and the positive environment that I could provide. I am very thankful for Angela's dedication, hard work and trust in me. The case went how I wanted it to. If I had a friend or family member going through a divorce, I would insist that he or she chooses Angela.
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Posted by Cody | February 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best!
I had the privilege to retain Angela and be represented with a class act, no-nonsense and efficient lawyer that I had complete confidence in. Knowing Angela had my best interest regarding a protective order along with a custody battle sure made the experience less stressful for me. Angela is personable, knowledgeable, and most importantly accessible! She always answers her phone and responds quickly to emails. Her staff is proficient, and I am thrilled with the outcome of my case. I would recommend The McIlveen Family Law Firm to anyone that needs a good lawyer and wants one with a good heart.
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Response from Angela McIlveen February 25, 2022
Thank you so much for the kind review! I'm so blessed to have great clients!
Posted by Deborah | August 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!!!!
I have used Angela on several occasions, and honestly there is no one more organized, thorough, and all around tiger when it comes to killing them in the courtroom. She knows her stuff....she won't waste your time or money trying to do something that she doesn't thing will work. She's upfront and absolutely professional. Not just Angela, but her whole staff. Ice worked with and met several people at her firm, and you will not be sorry!!
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Posted by Georgeanna | December 17, 2014
Great Attorney in every aspect
Separation/Divorce is a very difficult, hard and emotionlly draining experience, so on my first consultation I was very nervous and really did not know what to expect. When I met with Angela, she put me at ease about the process and what I would need to do and get for her in order to get the process in motion. She was so sincere with me, and with that I felt that I could trust her to have my best interest at heart, which in the end she most certainly did. No matter when I called or questions I may have had, Angela and her staff were very prompt in getting me an answer whether it be on the phone or email, which was very comforting. I must say say she always fought for me, in every aspect of my separation, and made sure I was well aware of my options and the possible outcome. I could go on and on about how wonderful Angela and her staff were, but I will just say she was a great attorney who was very informative and was in my corner, which is exactly what you need in a Separation/Divorce process. I was very well pleased with them and would highly recommend Angela McIlveen to anyone.
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Posted by Micah | December 11, 2014
Best Family Law Attorney Around !!!
I was skeptical that I would be able to win my case being that I am a single dad. Angela assured me that this was a new age and fathers have the same rights as mothers. She is definitely a "go getter" and it shows. I have recommended her to several of my friends and will continue to do so.
Posted by Beth | December 5, 2014
Great Attorney
Angela handled a very delicate child custody situation for my son. She was straightforward in her information, did not lead us to believe she could do something she could not, and has continued to be very responsive when we've had any questions even 2 years later. We were extremely fortunate to find Angela, and I highly recommend her for any domestic/child related problems you are having.
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Posted by MB | August 20, 2014
Excellent Divorce / Separation attorney
I would recommend Angela and her team very highly. She sought to arrive at an amicable yet fair separation agreement for me, There are not many attorneys who can successfully represent a male client in a divorce / separation case. Angela is one of the rare ones in that category. She is a good listener, knowledgeable, smart and understands the clients 'must-have's and walk aways'. I will hire her again should the need arise.
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Posted by Sharon | June 5, 2014
Knowledgeable and Amazing Attorney
I came to Angela for a second opinion on my separation papers. I am so thankful I did. She is very sincere and dependable. She was easy to talk to and helped me understand the entire process. Angela helped with all my legal concerns and she made sure I was protected. She is a wonderful person to work with during a difficult time in my life. I would strongly recommend her to my family and friends.
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Posted by Julie | May 2, 2013
An honest, dilligent and affordable attorney--Angela McIlveen
I had consultations with two other attorneys before meeting with Angela, and each of those meetings felt rushed, confusing, and frustrating. It felt as though my situation wasn't being looked at individually and I wasn't being asked the questions I felt I should. Instead, I was bombarded with general information, much of which didn't pertain to my circumstance. Angela made me feel comfortable, not rushed, and answered all my questions clearly. Following our initial consultation, Angela was always quick to respond to my emails/calls, typically within the same day or the following morning. Having three small children and a fair amount of assets/property, there was a lot of information to weed through. During my lengthy mediating hearing, Angela stayed focused and determined to fight for my best interest, even when I was physically and mentally exhausted and ready to give up after 12 hours in the mediation room. I left mediation feeling confident that things turned out the best they could. Angela is affordable; I spoke to other attorneys that were triple her rate, and showed less enthusiasm and genuine concern. I highly recommend Angela McIlveen for child support/alimony/custody/separation needs, you will not be dissapointed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2013
Paralegal to Angela McIlveen
I have been a family law paralegal since 2005. I have seen hundreds of cases drag on for years. Angela strives to settle a case the fastest way possible while getting the best result possible for her clients. Angela manages to maintain the quality of her work while pushing the case through the court system. I would hire McIlveen Family Law Firm to handle ANY family law matter for me if I was in need of an attorney. Angela fully understands the law, the judges and how the court system runs. An attorney needs to know all three which Angela does.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointed client
I hired Angela for a simple divorce in Charlotte, everything we talked about she never completed, and some papers she filed did not help my case, and her billing was not fair, I would not recommend her.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McIlveen Family Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Dean & Gibson PLLC
  • 2009 - 2012


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Berens
  • Affirmed in Part; Remanded in Part
  • Danius, et al v Rodgers
  • Affirmed by NC Court of Appeals


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Family Law S
  • Attorney Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Attorney Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Lawyers Mutual of North Carolina
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Gaston County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - 2019
  • National Women Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2019
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - 2022
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - 2020
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - 2017
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Technology Subcomittee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Nominating Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Answer Scholarship
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • National Association Of Women Business Owners
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 20 Family Law Attorneys in the Carolinas
  • NC Lawyers Weekly
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Leader in the Law
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • 2014
  • 2015 GLM International Marketer of the Year
  • Great Legal Marketing
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • America's PremierExperts in Publishing Expert Content
  • America's PremierExperts
  • 2013
  • National Membership
  • Order of Barristers
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Insurance CLE for Geico
  • Insurance Law
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (28)
Endorse Angela
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Angela is the best family law mentor I could have. I am honored and privileged to learn from the best lawyer around. Angela knows the North Carolina law inside and out and she knows how to make it work for your needs. Angela is incredible in the courtroom and will never stop advocating for you."
Child custody Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Other
"I met Angela at a practice development seminar. She was wiling to share ideas on both marketing and practice development. She was truly inspiring. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was introduced to Angela after she gave a presentation to a national group of other attorneys. I have since met with her to learn more about her, and her law practice. I would have no hesitation in recommending her law firm to anyone."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Angela is a dedicated and reliable family law attorney with an abundance of experience in the courtroom. She will zealously fight for your interests and make the process as stress-free as possible. I strongly recommend Angela to anyone who is going through a divorce or other family law issues. You will not regret your decision."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Angela is a dedicated attorney with vast knowledge of family law. She works diligently on every case and shows compassion to her clients while maintaining a strong presence in court. I would recommend Angela to anyone looking for a family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Angela is an aggressive and effective family and divorce lawyer. I hope I never need her but would definitely not want to see her on the other side of any case."
Alimony Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wow. I finally got to meet Angela this past weekend, though I've been looking at her work for years! She is smart, passionate and has a real desire to help you through difficult times. If you are seeking information about divorce or separation in North Carolina do yourself and your family a big favor and visit her her website and download a copy of her free e-book on divorce. This will put you "miles" ahead of the information curve. Then, give Angela and her team a call. You'll be glad you did."
Litigation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Friend
"I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Angela throughout law school. We were in the same graduating class and had numerous classes together. Angela always struck me as someone with an immense amount of passion and potential. Her dedication and work ethic were truly inspirational as a student, and I know she would be an exceptional advocate for anyone needing her talents."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I used to work with Angela; at all times, she was quick-thinking, intelligent, and professional. I have recommended her to friends, and will do so in the future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Angela is a remarkable attorney whose legal knowledge and expertise extends well beyond the courtroom. In addition, she is a compassionate listener who will zealously represent her clients' interests. I have spent a great deal of time working with Angela and she is an extraordinary professional who represents the best of the North Carolina Bar. I very much trust her opinion and know that she is looking out for her client's best interest whenever giving legal advice."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Angela is a highly skilled and well respected attorney who demonstrates genuine concern for her clients. She has an extraordinary ability to "think outside of the box" and is a proven problem solver."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Angela is dedicated to helping her clients through difficult family law issues. She is extremely educated in the family law field and has even written a divorce guidebook. I would recommend her to any prospective client."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Angela is a dedicated and compassionate attorney who seeks to address all of her clients' needs. She never bows down to a challenge, and she dedicates the extra time to make sure her clients are well-informed about every aspect of the law and their individual cases."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I would endorse Angela every day of the week. She has a great feel for the law, a work ethic beyond reproach and is truly compassionate about her work. She is a trial lawyer down to her soul and ready to litigate any issue of concern, but she still works for a compromise when it is in the best interest of her client to do so. Her morals and integrity are beyond question and not open for any compromise. She is a fighter and has always been."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Angela McIlveen is a leader among attorneys. When we were prosecutors together at the Miami-Dade State Attorneys Office, she earned the respect of judges, coworkers, and opposing counsel alike. In a very competitive and demanding environment, Angela was always prepared and in control of her heavy trial caseload. I am so happy to see that she continues to serve clients facing very difficult situations, as she is truly dedicated to her clients and I would refer a family member or close friend to her without hesitation."
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