Fred Morelock practiced as a trial attorney for ten years in the areas of criminal defense and family law litigation before being appointed as a District Court Judge for Wake County where he served for 14 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and his law degree from UNC in 1976. During the time Fred was on the bench he presided almost exclusively in family court, most recently in North Carolina’s first designated specialized judgeship in the area of family law. He joined Tharrington Smith in 2001. Fred’s practice includes the representation of clients in all areas of family law, as well as mediation and arbitration; in addition he serves as independent counsel for the North Carolina Medical Board and the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. He is a Certified Superior Court mediator and a Certified Family Financial mediator.
Fred is presently a councilor for the North Carolina State Bar, and has been a member of the Disciplinary Hearing Commission, most recently Chair from 2017 to 2019.
Mr. Morelock has two adult sons, Matthew and Cameron.
Certified Superior Court Mediator
Certified Family Financial Mediator
Selected for inclusion in North Carolina
Super Lawyers magazine in 2006, since 2008
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
Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2021
University of North Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1976
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Arts and Law, 1974
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 Bar Association, Family Law Section Member, Dispute Resolution Section Member
Chair, NC State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission, 2015-2018; Member since 2010
Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Professionalism Committee
10th Judicial District Bar, Grievance Committee, former Chair
State Bar Council, Disciplinary Hearing Commission, Vice-Chair, Since 2014
10th Judicial District Bar Councilor, 2018-present
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
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
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