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Peter E. Mcardle

Divorce and separation Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Pete McArdle, Peter McArdle

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Alimony
    20%
    Establishment and modification of PSS and alimony; consideration of the tax consequences related to spousal support

    29 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Extensive trial experience in dealing with contentious child custody cases

    29 years

  3. Child support
    20%
    Establishment and modification of child support

    29 years

  4. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Family law practice - including child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution. Some cases are litigated aggressively. Others are resolved collaboratively - depending on the needs and wishes of each client.

    29 years

  5. Domestic violence
    20%
    Including North Carolina 50B and 50C Orders

    29 years

PARTNER AT UPTOWN CHARLOTTE FIRM; 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE; AGGRESSIVE ADVOCATE FOR FAMILY LAW CLIENTS

"The way that  I represent my clients is pretty simple really. I treat my clients the way that I'd want to be treated if I were in their shoes.  I listen to my clients carefully and then help them define reasonable goals and expectations. Then I work to the best of my ability to achieve the goals we establish. Sometimes those goals can be achieved outside of the courthouse. Sometimes it is necessary for a Judge to decide the issues. But in every instance, my clients know that they have a hard-working, honest and experienced attorney on their side."

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Location

Arnold & Smith, PLLC
200 North McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC, 28204

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2015
No better family law attorney in Mecklenburg County
If I make a list of the most important qualities in a family law attorney, Pete McArdle has them all. Ethical. Sound judgement. Good communicator. And one of the smartest men I have ever known. A skilled collaborator, yet able to competently and tenaciously defend his client's position in the courtroom with his comprehensive knowledge of the law and strong desire to obtain the best possible outcome, always keeping the best interests of the children as the focus. He is well-respected in his field and in the community, and has made all the difference in my life and the lives of my children.
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Posted by Casey | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent & Efficient
Pete has met my expectations and has even exceeded them. From our initial conversation, I could tell that he was experienced and knowledgeable. Pete was able to offer guidance and insight that allowed me to take actionable steps to remedy my situation in the short-term and has followed through every step of the way since then. Go with Pete - you won't regret it.
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Posted by Angie | November 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Whoever has the best attorney wins!
Pete McArdle represented us with a child custody case. I can’t truly describe how impressed I was in that courtroom. My ex didn’t know what him. His face turned red and he looked like a fool. Attorney McArdle took everything he said and turned it back around on him to where he could hardly speak. The evidence they had against me was a joke after Attorney McArdle was finished with him. His opening statement to the opposing party was, “so have you ever heard the expression, bringing a knife to a gun fight?” Then it was on and he went after him with guns blaring. We had a judge that is typically what they call a 50/50 judge and that is what my ex wanted I believe due to child support reasons. Attorney McArdle beat all odds, in a different county, and my daughter is still with me the majority of the time. I am so grateful for what he did for us. I thought the word failure meant something stops or is not working. Then I became a paramedic and realized if someone is in kidney failure or heart failure that it has not stopped working completely. I looked up the definition of the word and it merely means, not meeting it’s full potential. Attorney McArdle is the opposite of what this means. I believe he was designed to be in a courtroom and is living up to his full potential. He sat there and listened and wrote notes when the opposing party was testifying, then when it was his turn to ask the questions I was amazed at how he turned and twisted every word they said to expose them for the lies they told and downplay the dirt they attempted to throw at me. It was like something out of a movie. I will always want Attorney McArdle with me if I ever have to be in a courtroom again. He is truly amazing at what he does. I was naive enough to believe that truth and justice matters in a courtroom but I have found from previous courtroom experiences this is not the case. It is “whoever has the best attorney wins.“
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Posted by David | May 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Solid Represenation and Advice
Pete McArdle is absolutely the best choice for representing you in your family law case. Pete provided me excellent perspective and advice during my marital separation preparations. During a previous separation, I had retained a different attorney so I had experience with another attorney to contrast with my recent work with Pete. My experiences with Pete was vastly different from the previous attorney. Pete has incredible experience and his advice turned out to be exactly correct. And during our separation negotiations, Pete's representation was critical. He provided the perfect argument at the most decisive moments of the negotiation and provided sane resolutions to issues that seemed insurmountable.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Hiring Pete was the best decision I have ever made! The circumstances of my case were out of the ordinary and something he had never encountered before. Before hiring him, I spent three years fighting an ugly custody battle and I had a couple of other attorney's prior to Pete. Within 6 months of hiring him, what I thought would be a never-ending battle was finally put to an end and completely in my favor! Pete was able to reverse mistakes that were made by my previous attorney; He actually responds to emails in a timely manner, which can be difficult for some attorney's to do; He is experienced and communicates effectively. I can't say enough good things about him and I couldn't have asked for anyone better to fight for me in my case. I'm very grateful to have found him!
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Posted by Travis Reep | January 24, 2017
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Lawyer
Pete is one of the most attentive lawyers I have ever used. He truly works for the betterment of helping resolve Divorces without going to court if possible but at the same time he will protect his client 100%
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY recommend
Pete has been working with me for a little more than a year. From the start he has been straight forward, honest and efficient. He makes the complicated mess of things simple and is clearly extremely knowledgeable in what he does. He has always encouraged positive communication between parties during what could be ( and were) very tough and awkward situations. He is fair, always responds very quickly when I have a question and always has my son and my best interest in mind. The entire office creates a comfortable environment and goes out of their way to help in any way they can.
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Posted by Steve | September 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Has to be among the best in Charlotte...
I'm a stay at home dad whose wife decided she wanted a divorce. I was a wreck and needed a lawyer. Pete was highly recommended by another lawyer I know. He has practiced for 20+ yrs in Charlotte so to say he "knows the ropes" is an understatement. He's direct and honest but not in an abrasive, uncaring way. He has been extremely efficient in the way he has handled my case - if he has needed something he's let me know but otherwise there isn't a lot of wasted effort that he asks from you. I certainly have never gotten the impression that he was trying to run up "billable hours" at my expense. In fact the opposite is true - I have always had the feeling he has been trying to save me as much money as possible. He's a good communicator and an excellent writer, which is vital in today's e-mail driven world. I have been very impressed with how he has handled the opposing lawyers and how he has argued on my behalf in court. He's been one step ahead of my wife's lawyers at every turn. Nothing in my case has been settled yet and there are more court appearances to come. And yet, I have complete and utter confidence in Pete, his abilities and in his guidance. The best advice I can give is for you to tell him everything and do everything he says. He's said that the most important factor in choosing a lawyer is finding someone who you "fit" with. Pete's kind of laid back and soft spoken and if you think that's a fit for you then he's your guy. During the worst period of my life hiring Pete was the best thing I could have ever done. Very, very satisfied and impressed.
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Posted by Katherine | June 18, 2015
Highest recommendation
Mr. McArdle took my case when no other lawyer I spoke with would even consider it, and the outcome was far beyond my expectation. He was honest and patient with my questions, explaining the process to me, and always keeping me informed. He did not waste time and took care of my case quickly. He is kind and caring and has completely shattered any preconceived idea or stereotype of a lawyer that I have ever had. I would gladly recommend Mr. McArdle to anyone I know.
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Posted by Adrian | June 15, 2015
You can't go wrong with Pete
I have worked with Pete since 2013 when my wife decided to divorce and relocate with my kids to a different state. Pete helped me out to settle our marital property outside the Court without a major dispute, waste of time and money, and without the stress of preparing for and being before a Judge. Most importantly, Pete was very proactive to negotiate a custody agreement that allowed me not only to have my children often, but also to keep my boys in North Carolina – all this also accomplished outside the Court room. Unfortunately, a few months later, my ex-wife filed a motion with the Court to again try to take my boys far away from me. I was terrified. This time we did go to Court. Pete cared about my children and my case. He was very thoughtful and, with Tamara, his paralegal, prepared for Court as I expected. In Court, Pete was very aggressive defending the best interest of my kids – my children are in town today. Pete is very practical and will speak honestly to you. You can’t go wrong with him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2015
Separation and Divorce
Mr. Mcardle handled my separation and divorce. He did it with an air of confidence and respect through a truly difficult time. His vast knowledge and understanding of the proceedings was reassuring from beginning to end. I would highly recommend him to anyone going through such a difficult process.
Posted by Steve | June 1, 2015
divorce is difficult
Pete helped me through a very difficult time as I went through something that I never thought would happen to me, a divorce. Especially after 20 years of marriage. if you are going through something like this, it is easy to loose focus. Pete kept my head in the game and always had me ( and my kids) first and foremost. He may want to change his title to "Therapist" as well! He always took the time to listen to me, and if you are or have gone through a separation/divorce , sometimes just somebody to listen to you makes all the difference in the world. Pete was able to work with my (ex) wife's attorney and work out an equitable solution that was fair to all. There was a few times that I thought about giving in too much to my (ex) wife's requests. Pete was able to calmly explain, and even give me a visual explanation on a piece of paper, our plan of action. Once I was able to sit back and see where he was coming from, It made perfect sense. The guy always had my back. I highly recommend Pete Mcardle.
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Posted by Allie | April 2, 2014
A considerate, tough, and knowledgeable advocate
Pete is a considerate, tough, and knowledgeable advocate. He has represented the interests of myself and my son tirelessly and has dealt with the worst parts of what has probably been the most difficult year of my life - and my custody case - on my behalf when I was at the point I not able to speak for myself. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a family attorney. One of his best traits is his ability to tell you the truth, flat out. It might not be what you want to hear, but he is vigilant about making sure you know all of the facts and are looking at the situation from more than just an emotional vantage point.
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Posted by Violet Son | June 1, 2012
Custody
Attorney Pete McArdle is the best lawyer to represent you in your family law case. He will fight for your rights. No other lawyer will listen and understand your situation like Attorney Pete McArdle from the Knox Law Firm.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2012
Client
Pete is a straight shooter. He zealously represents his clients and I would recommend him to any of my friends and family.
Posted by Mike | September 12, 2011
Mike Beroth - domestic
Pete is very knowledgeable, and made this difficult time for me more manageable. He is respectful of me and my time (expense). I felt well represented.
Posted by Joy | September 8, 2011
Pete McArdle -- Family/Domestic Law Review
Excellent lawyer for family/domestic law. Pete is extremely honest, upfront and reliable. I recommend Pete to anyone I know that is need of the legal services in which he provides. Pete assisted with my family law needs which included: separation agreement, child custody, alimony, alienation of affection lawsuit, distribution of assets, child custody, child support, etc. As painful as all these situations can be, Pete certainly made the process the best that it could have been. I highly recommend Pete.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Arnold & Smith, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Knox Brotherton Knox and Godfrey
  • 1995 - 2015

Education

  • Campbell University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of North Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
  • Charlotte Catholic High School
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Beamer v. Beamer, 169 N.C. App. 594 (2005)
  • CAMHI v. North Carolina DOT, 160 N.C. App. 594 (2003)

Associations

  • Charlotte Catholic Athletic Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Family Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina AAU Basketball
  • N/A
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court For The Western District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • N/A
  • QCAA Basketball
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Holy Angels
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Campbell University Law School
  • 1995

Publications

  • Lawyers Weekly
  • Jury Trial Verdict
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Interview
  • Legal Issues
  • 2014
  • Speaking Engagement
  • Legal Issues
  • 2005
  • Harris YMCA Seminar
  • Separation and Divorce
  • 2005
  • ESPN Interview
  • Legal Issues
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (7)
Endorse Peter
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pete is an experienced and highly effective family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pete is extremely knowledgeable and has a wonderful reputation in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pete has been a reliable fixture in the local Charlotte legal community for a long time. He is a strong and experienced advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pete is an excellent attorney with many years of experience in the Charlotte area. I endorse this lawyer for all matters related to divorce and family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Pete. He is a very experienced and will fight with everything he's got."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pete is a very knowledgable attorney in the local legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When I have a family law question, I often call Pete for the answer. He does a good job for his clients and I would not hesitate to refer a client to him."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pete's focus is domestic law. He has a no-nonsense approach and always attempts to obtain the best for his client while guiding them through the emotional roller coaster of divorce. Always prepared and up on the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"Pete is the lawyer you want on your side in a divorce situation. He is great at cutting through the extraneous to get to the issues that really matter to his clients, and then developing a strategy to reach the ultimate goal.."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pete is well-versed in domestic law. He is organized, efficient and obtains results that make his clients happy."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Always prepared and goes the extra mile for his client. Very aggressive but respectful in court. Well respected among his peers and Judges."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pete is a tough and aggressive advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pete gives sound, sensible advice to clients. He tries to make sure children are protected in domestic situations. He does not shy away from controversial cases."
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