Fred Morelock

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Fred Morelock received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and his law degree from UNC in 1976.  He then practiced as a trial attorney for ten years in the areas of criminal defense and family law litigation before being appointed to the bench.  He joined Tharrington Smith in 2001.

In 1986, Mr.  Morelock was appointed by Governor James G. Martin to a Wake County district court judgeship.  He was reelected three times and served for fourteen years.  In 1990, Mr. Morelock became the first judge in Wake County to become a Certified Juvenile Law Specialist.  During the last several years on the bench, he presided almost exclusively in domestic court, most recently in North Carolina’s first designated specialized judgeship in the area of family law.

As a district court judge, Mr. Morelock was a frequent speaker and instructor for continuing legal education seminars for attorneys (North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and Bar Association) and for judges (North Carolina Association of District Court Judges and the Institute of Government New Judges School) on various family law issues.  He has also been a seminar speaker for the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants  and the Wake County public school principals.  Mr. Morelock has served on the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association and its Professionalism Committee, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, and Carolina Legal Assistance.

Mr. Morelock’s practice includes the representation of clients in all areas of family law, as well as mediation and arbitration. He is admitted to practice in all state courts and the federal district courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina.  Mr. Morelock is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and its family law section.  He is former chair of the Grievance Committee for the 10th Judicial District and most recently was appointed by the State Bar Council to the Disciplinary Hearing Commission. He is a Certified Superior Court Mediator and a Certified Family Financial Mediator.

Mr. Morelock is married to Jeannie S. Morelock, and they have two teenage sons.

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, 1976

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.A., Arts and Law, 1974

Experience

  • Trial Attorney, Criminal & Family Law, 1976-1986
  • North Carolina District Court, 10th Judicial District, District Court Judge 1986-2000
    • Appointed by Gov. James G. Martin
    • first judge in Wake County to become a Certified Juvenile Law Specialist, 1990
    • Domestic Court (Unified Family Court), first specialized judgeship in the area of family law
  • Tharrington Smith, since 2001
  • NC Medical Board, Independent Counsel, 2010 – Present

Professional Dedication

  • Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Professionalism Committee, years
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Grievance Committee, former Chair
  • State Bar Council, Disciplinary Hearing Commission, Vice-Chair, Since 2014

Memberships & Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1976
  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Bar, Family Law Section

Presentations:

  • Family Law Intensive Seminar, Recapture of Alimony, 2008
  • Perils and Pitfalls in ADR, Arbitration and Post Hearing Matters, 2005
  • frequent speaker and instructor for continuing legal education seminars for attorneys:
    • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and Bar Association
  • and for judges:
    • North Carolina Association of District Court Judges
    • The Institute of Government New Judges School
  • and others:
    • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
    • The Wake County public school principals

Practice Areas:

Divorce & Family Law, Mediation, Arbitration

Connect:

fmorelock@tsmithlaw.com
919-821-4711

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Awards & Honors

Certified Superior Court Mediator
Certified Family Financial Mediator
Selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine in 2006, 2008-2015
Listed in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,” 2009
Selected for inclusion in the Family Law section of Best Lawyers of America®, Since 2006
10th Judicial District Bar Appreciation Award, 2010
Wake County Bar Association Presidents Award of Excellence, 2009