Chris deLambert


Hard working. Charismatic. Resourceful. Chris deLambert handles family law cases in Lee County, Chatham County, and Orange County, NC.

“Family law is very important to me. Everyday day I get to make a positive impact on peoples lives.

Chris is originally from Springfield, Ohio (Go Bucks). He spent his youth moving around the world as a military brat. Then, after finishing high school in Austin, Texas, he continued that nomadic lifestyle by joining the Army. Twenty years and three combat tours later, he retired and eventually settled in Sanford, North Carolina with his wife, Nejla. Between them, Chris and Nejla have seven amazing grown children and five (even more amazing) grandchildren. For over a decade, Chris has been the television play-by-play commentator for high school football in Lee County (Go Jackets, Go Cavs).

Chris holds a Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. He focuses his practice on family law, frequently working with current and former members of the military.


We represent family law, estate planning, and probate clients, primarily in Chatham and Orange Counties in North Carolina. Averett Family Law offices are convenient to Pittsboro, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Carrboro and surrounding towns.

If you’re considering separation or divorce, struggling with child custody or support issues, need help with estate planning or probate, or have any other family law questions, contact us today for an appointment.

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I had a very complex divorce case that required someone like Austin Vandeveer to help me navigate.  He took the time to explain the terms and legal issues that I was not familiar with, thus allowing me to make important decisions for the future. He was a power presence in the courtroom and handled the case beautifully on my behalf.  He did not leave any room for doubt that he would always act in my best interest and fight for what was deserved.


Melissa was great at my court hearing today. She is very considerate, attentive to details, and very competent in what she does. If you haven’t decided on a lawyer yet, I recommend her! 5+!!!


Austin took over my case from another law firm, after I felt they were not doing enough to assist me in my case. Austin is extremely knowledgeable in family law and straight forward. He was very firm and aggressive with the opposition and ensured that my best interest was represented. As soon as he took over my case, he accomplished in a few weeks what my previous attorney was not successful in accomplishing in about six months. During the mediation process he made it very difficult for the opposition where the case was eventually dropped, as I was the defendant. I HIGHLY recommend Averett Family Law and Austin in any divorce or post divorce (with was my situation), or any family law matter.

A Satisfied Client
My Best Interest Was Represented

One thing no one will prepare you for when going through a divorce is the emotional toll you will experience, which will be magnified if children are involved. There will be many dark days when your mind is cluttered, and the possibility of making emotionally-charged bad decisions will lead to missteps. That is why you want an attorney who will guide you through those days with clarity, help you separate the negative feelings from the valid ones, and be there to advise and protect you. I would not have been able to go through this challenging journey without the support of Austin and Melissa and the tremendous help of Mandy, Marissa, and Perla. You will find empathy, and trust me when I say you need it as much as you need Austin and Melissa’s determination to fight for you and get what is rightfully yours. I wholeheartedly recommend Averett Family Law.

Determination to fight for you

When I moved to N.C, Melissa Averett was my first choice because of her deep experience and frank candor– but she was too busy to take on new clients. I felt lucky to be able to work with her when a spot opened up. Custody is difficult even in the best of cases due to the powerful emotions involved, and the last thing you need is an attorney who fans the flames of conflict. Averett keeps things clean, clear, and straightforward. Highly recommended.

Clear, concise & authoritative

I first went to a big divorce firm for men and they charged up the yingyang for nothing. Melissa came in, had reasonable fees and knew not only how to work with me, but use her experience to our advantage.

We don’t think divorce is a game, but it may be a chess match and we were able to negotiate a fair settlement even though the other attorney had questionable practices.

Call them and give them a shot. Honest, upfront and experienced. I wish I went to her first before wasting $2k on the ‘big men’s divorce firm’ who just wanted to know how much I made before talking price!


Honest, upfront

The legal insurance plan through my employer suggested Averett Family when we had to do future legacy planning for my parents. After reading the three prior Yelp reviews before mine, we decided on this firm. We found attroney, Sara Harrington, very easy to work with and also parient when my mother still needed time to review paperwork. Kasey was also helpful and timely with responses. They treated us with respect. I highly recommend them for estate planning. The motto on their website, which is a good summary, is “caring | efficient | fierce:. Lvoe it!


They treated us with respect

Melissa is perhaps the most intellectually gifted lawyer I know. Among trial attorneys, Melissa has few equals and no superiors.


intellectually gifted

I am extremely pleased. Melissa has your back and best interest. You want her on your team! She is straightforward, very clear on what to expect, and no surprises. Melissa and the team made everything press and play. Would highly recommend Averett Family Law.

Melissa Averett has turned my horrific child custody, suppport and visitation case around for me. This case originated in New York and was subsequently changed over to North Carolina. I retained Attorney Averett’s services because she is well versed in New York Family Law as well as North Carolina’s. The office staff was professional and caring during my most detrimental family and financial situation. For efficient, professional, affordable and just as equally important, caring legal services – I highly recommend The Averett Law firm.


Professional and Caring