Matt Farr


Matthew Farr, Raleigh Family Law Attorney

Matt Farr is a native of Bradenton, Florida. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Asheville and holds a B.A. with distinction in Political Science. He received his J.D. in 2016 from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law where he was a Dean’s Fellow, a Journal of Law and Technology staff member, winner of the Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award, and a Kilpatrick Townsend IL Mock Trial Competition quarterfinalist.

Upon graduation, Matt accepted an academic fellowship to teach American law to law students from Germany and across the European Union at University of Tübingen, one of Europe’s oldest universities. There, he served as a visiting lecturer and academic fellow. Matt joined Tharrington Smith’s family law team upon his return from Germany in early 2017.

Matt is admitted to practice law in North Carolina and is a member of the State Bar, the 10th Judicial District Bar, the Wake County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.


University of North Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2016

  • North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, staff member, vol. 16
  • Dean’s Fellow 2015-2016
  • Immigration Law Association
  • Dean’s List Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016
  • Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award: Best Overall Argument in section
  • Kilpatrick Townsend IL Mock Trial Competition: Quarterfinalist
  • Pro Bono Affordable Care Act Navigator Federal Certification

University of North Carolina – Asheville, North Carolina, Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Political Science, 2013

  • Chancellor’s List, Dean List
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
  • Presented Undergraduate Research Thesis on perpetuation of racial sentencing disparities in NC
  • Summer in Ghana, West Africa; completed coursework and taught in primary schools

Professional Experience

  • Taught at Tubingen, Ebhard Karis Universiltat Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany; Visiting Lecturer and Fellow, Spring 2016-Spring 2017
  • Youth Justice Clinic, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC; Certified 3L Intern, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016
  • Durham County District Attorney’s Office, Durham NC; Certified 3L Intern, Summer 2015
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill NC; Research Assistant for Professor Maxine Eichner, Summer 2014

Memberships & Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, since 2016
  • Wake County Bar Association, since 2017
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, since 2017
  • North Carolina Bar Association, since 2017

Practice Area:
Family Law

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