David M. McCleary

About me

Dealing with a divorce or a family separation can be one of the most difficult experiences a person or family may go through. For this reason, I seek to add value by helping people through these difficult times with as little added stress as necessary. Unfortunately, not every divorce can be amicable, and when it is not possible to deal with a case outside of the courtroom, my litigation and trial experiences have given me the skills required to successfully navigate any case through our court system. I work hard to avoid contentious and difficult situations, but opposing attorneys know that if my cases end up in a courtroom, I will be ready for trial and fight hard to get the best possible results for my clients.

Practice areas

Family law

  • Divorce law
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Alimony
  • Equitable distribution
  • Separation agreements
  • Post-separation support
  • Premarital agreements and post-nuptial agreements
  • Alienation of affection and criminal conversation
  • Domestic Violence Protective Orders

Professional activities & awards

Awards and recognition

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Family Law Section: Past Co-Chair
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • ​Avvo Client Choice Award 2018
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  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    – Pro Bono Program Certificate of Recognition
    – Certificate of Distinction-Federal Civil Litigation and Bill of Rights Clinic
    – Outstanding Oral Argument
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Civic involvement

  • Charlotte Civil Service Board, Board Member
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Lunch with a Lawyer Program, Mentor Attorney