At the McIlveen Family Law Firm, we pride ourselves in having a truly top-notch team of attorneys that have intimate knowledge of North Carolina divorce and family law. Angela and Sean McIlveen, the owners of the McIlveen Family Law Firm, invite you to learn more about each of our attorneys, their story, background, and credentials as well as meet our awesome support staff.
Sean McIlveen – Attorney
When Sean McIlveen is not in the courtroom, he spends his time building custom furniture. Sean grew up in Gastonia, N.C. and graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a B.A. degree. He attended Wake Forest University School of Law and graduated from the University of Houston with his J.D.
He is also the author of two books on child custody and he is often asked to speak at events. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Gaston County Bar Association. Sean is also a Certified Mediator for family court matters. He frequently mediates cases for attorneys in the greater Mecklenburg and Gaston County areas.
Sean has practiced family law in Gastonia, North Carolina for over 15 years. He has focused his practice exclusively on issues that affect families and all family law issues including child support, custody, alimony, grandparents’ rights, the division of property, same-sex couples, estates, wills, and adoption. The furniture he builds and his way of representing clients are evidence of his passion for doing things the right way.
Sean genuinely cares about his clients and believes in telling his clients the truth. He feels strongly that educating clients about the law and making sure his clients understand all of their options.
When Sean is not battling in the courtroom or up to his elbows in sawdust, he enjoys spending quality time with his children and his wife, Angela.
Angela McIlveen – Attorney
Angela McIlveen grew up in Taylorsville, N. C. and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. with a B.A. degree. Angela attended Case Law School and graduated with her J.D. The way Angela aggressively argues in court is evidence of her drive and determination which propelled her through life and law school. Angela is frequently interviewed by the media, including Fox News, Business Leader Spotlight, and Arroe Collins 99.7 Unplugged and Totally Uncut. She is a member of the Gaston County Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association Family Law and Law Practice Management Sections; Board Member for the North Carolina Bar Association Law Practice Management Section; Committee Member for the Answer Scholarship; Member of the American Bar Association Family Law and Law Practice Management Sections. Angela is also the author of The North Carolina Divorce Guidebook. Angela is a 2014 Leader in the Law Honoree and she awarded the honor of The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for 2014 and she has been selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Family Law Attorney in NC for 2015 by the American Legal Society of Legal Advocates. She is also a member of the National Women Trial Lawyers.
Since Angela graduated from law school, she has focused her practice exclusively on litigation-related issues. With her years of experience in all areas of litigation including discovery, court motion hearings, deposition, trial, mediation, and appeals, she has handled many cases in state and federal court. Angela lives in Gastonia, N.C. and handles cases in Gastonia, Charlotte, and surrounding cities and counties. As a partner at the McIlveen Law Firm, she handles cases in family law including child custody and support, divorce, alimony, adoption, separation, domestic violence and equitable distribution.
While Angela enjoys being in the courtroom and trying cases, she understands that going to trial isn’t always best for her clients. If she can get a good outcome for her clients without a trial, she is always willing to talk about a settlement. When she is not full speed ahead in the courtroom, Angela spends her time with her children and her husband, Sean.
Anna Gray Carpenter – Senior Associate Attorney
Anna Gray Carpenter is a local girl. She was born and raised in Lincolnton, North Carolina where her father’s roots go back hundreds of years. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is one of four children, who is fortunate enough to have been raised by long-married parents in a home full of books, art, and music.
Anna Gray graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and is greatly interested in travel and other cultures. Anna Gray graduated from The Charlotte School of Law with her Juris Doctorate, and was thereafter, licensed to practice law in North Carolina. She understands the importance of stability in the home and is dedicated to helping families smoothly navigate the turbulence of divorce. Anna Gray is extremely excited and honored to be joining the McIlveen Family Law Firm as an Associate Attorney.
She might be the epitome of a girly-girl, but don’t let that fool you because she is also an All-Conference tennis player and all-around athlete. Brought up on a small farm, Anna Gray loves animals of all kinds and is keenly interested in the culinary arts. When Anna Gray isn’t practicing law, you might find her volunteering at the soup kitchen in Lincolnton which was started by her grandparents or helping out in other areas of the community where there is a need.
Cassandra Strunk – Associate Attorney
Cassandra Strunk was born and raised in South Hill, Virginia. She is the youngest of three children. Cassandra is fortunate to have been raised by parents who have enjoyed a long marriage together and is glad to have that wonderful example for her own marriage. However, Cassandra has had many friends and relatives impacted by divorce. She saw how difficult that was for everyone involved. As a result, Cassandra is devoted to educating each client about the legal system and to helping each client achieve an outcome best suited for his or her unique situation.
Cassandra graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Law with her Juris Doctorate. At graduation, Cassandra received nine awards related to her academic and volunteer achievements. Cassandra is most proud of the recognition she received from the Tennessee Supreme Court for dedicating over four hundred and forty-six hours in pro bono services. She plans to bring that same dedication and hard work to her new position as Associate Attorney with the McIlveen Family Law Firm.
Brought up in a rural town, Cassandra loves animals and the outdoors. When she is not in the office, you will find her hiking with her husband and dog. She enjoys watching movies and relaxing with a book. Cassandra also relishes any opportunity to travel and learn about other cultures.
Ana Gonzalez – Office Manager
Ana was born in Guatemala City, in Central America and came to the United States very young at the age of seven. She grew up in Long Island, New York, spent time in California and finally found her home in Gastonia, North Carolina.
She is Bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish. Ana’s experience includes working in private practice and courthouses. Ana also has experience in all aspects of legal office administration, including assisting attorney’s in preparing for trials, depositions, preparing and serving discovery and heavy translating with attorney/client meetings and highly confidential documents. Soon after graduating Brentwood High School in New York, Ana traveled to Guatemala City where she took advantage of being there for the summer and attended the summer semester and took the legal courses that were offered in The University of San Carlos in Guatemala City. She graduated from Southern California Regional Occupation Center with certifications in Legal Occupations, Microsoft Office Applications and in Veterinary Science. Ana is also a Notary Public and she holds a Human Resources Certificate from CPCC.
Ana is a big animal lover and has volunteered with Whiskers and Tails where she fostered homeless dogs and helped them find forever homes. She has also volunteered in animal shelters and hopes to continue giving back to the animal community. Ana is also a foodie and enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. She looks forward one day to having her own vegetable and herb garden. When she is not in the office giving her all to our clients, she is out hiking or attending Zumba classes. She looks forward to getting back to painting, which is one of her passions and also kickboxing as well. Ana is a true adventurer. Ana used her move from California to North Carolina into a special road trip and stopped at two of the seven wonders of the United States including the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. She brings all that energy and enthusiasm to our office when she deals with our clients and opposing counsel. Ana’s diverse experience in the legal field makes her a great addition to the McIlveen Family Law Firm.