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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.


When I was referred to Melissa and her staff, I was trying to get a grip on a very unstable situation with separation and custody. I was feeling stuck, helpless and scared until I landed in Melissa’s office. From our first meeting, Melissa “got it” and knew how to handle things knowledgeably, efficiently, safely and professionally. She helped me understand the legal system, helped me get some direction and understand my rights. She slowly but surely helped me regain a sense of confidence and control in my life and in my situation. I have told her this many times but she has honestly changed the direction and course of my life with her extensive knowledge and endless support. I felt I was a helpless person in a helpless situation and she gave me a voice.
I felt she has always worked out of the best interest of my children and myself. She responds to crisis situations very quickly, calmly and professionally. She is tough, responsive and she really knows her stuff and I am so glad I landed in her office three years ago. Thank you.

A safe and knowledgeable place to land

“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 and I have collaborated on behalf of many clients over the years. She always provides top-quality legal care and personable service. Melissa has a passionate dedication to the legal rights of her clients and is sensitive to their emotional needs as well. She uses her fine sense of collegiality to bring together a team of professionals in each case she serves. I continue to entrust my clients to her care because of the unfailingly superior performance I have experienced each time I have made a referral to her.”

Ellen Gray- Psychotherapist
Ellen Gray- Psychotherapist

Excellent attorneys and great colleagues. I refer clients to them frequently without reservation and have never gotten a complaint in response.

Emily Hurtt, Bagwell Holt Smith PA
Refer Clients Frequently

“Knowledgeable, no nonsense lawyer. Hands down great!”

Kathy H.
Kathy H.

Dedicated attorneys and staff that are prepared to FIGHT for their clients.

Ron Cooley, Cooley Law Offices
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