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Alex French


Driven. Compassionate. A family man. Triple Tarheel (we had to throw that in). Alex French joined the firm in early 2018 as an associate in the firm’s family law and probate practices. As a father, former educator, and child of divorced parents, you can trust Alex to understand your perspective and be a zealous advocate for you.

“I understand how complex life transitions can be. From my perspective of divorce as a child, to seeing the impact of unhappy or unstable family situations as an educator, I feel it is my role to support my clients’ interests and values. I hope I can help make things easier on other families.”

Alex grew up in Winston-Salem. After graduating from college, he taught high school in Durham and Winston-Salem. After teaching several years, Alex applied to the UNC School of Law where he won the Chancellor’s Merit Award. In his second year he acquired a passion for family law and spent his third year working for the UNC Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic.

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Family Law Attorney Alex French


Alex has experience with a wide variety of family law matters ranging from same-sex divorce and breach of contract cases to pro-bono domestic violence and custody cases. He has represented clients in drafting surrogacy agreements, handled complex property distribution cases, same sex divorce, as well as child custody, child support, equitable distribution, alimony and divorce.

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Alex is the devoted father of two. Outside of work, you can find him spending time with his family. Alex is an avid hiker and loves to drag his family on day hikes when the weather is nice. He also enjoys skeet shooting and reading.

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Alexander H. French at Averett Family Law is not connected to or affiliated with Alexander C. French in the Charlotte area.


“I have known Ms. Averett throughout my years of practice. She is a strong advocate for her clients and is reasonable opposing counsel with whom to work. She strives to provide the best possible result for her clients.”

Lisa Wagner, Family Attorney
Lisa Wagner, Family Attorney

“Melissa Averett is an open-minded professional who views her clients’ interests as paramount. She always divides her attention evenly among her caseload and assures that every client receives the full benefit of her time, experience, and legal knowledge. As a professional, she is discreet as well as mindful of your time and expense. Melissa is the attorney you must contact if you are seeking an honest opinion about your legal situation and seek a strong professional that will always consider what is in your best interest and is remarkable when confronted with challenges, both in and outside of the court. “

Courtney B.
Courtney B.

Outstanding law firm. Melissa puts her clients first. She is also a no non-sense attorney who sets reasonable expectations. The fees are the most reasonable of any attorney I interviewed. I have used Averett Family Law multiple times and do not hesitate to highly recommend them!

Nee Ghi
No Nonsense Attorney

“Melissa is an expert in the field of domestic violence and a valued contributor to all members of the NCBA Family Law Section Listserv. When I am in need of a colleague to be a sounding board or a source of knowledge, that person is Melissa. Her superior legal reasoning, sound research, and skilled trial advocacy are only matched by her generous spirit to make sure the legal needs of domestic violence victims and the under-served poor are met. She is the type of lawyer that makes her profession proud.”

Afi Johnson-Parris- Lead Attorney
Afi Johnson-Parris- Lead Attorney

“I was referred to Melissa Averett, by another lawyer. Within a few minutes of speaking to her, I wished I had used her when I initially went through my divorce. She was so great!! Smart, to the point, knowledgeable. She came up with a great option for me and I would highly recommend her to anyone.”


“Melissa Averett is all of the above and more. She has seen us through so many different scenarios where we have needed legal and professional help, with fantastic results. She knows what she’s doing, she’s effective and efficient, and what she doesn’t know, she goes and finds out or puts you in touch with who you need. I admire her both professionally and personally for all that she does and all that she is!”

Tamara Powers- Invention Manager Assistant
Tamara Powers- Invention Manager Assistant