About

I am Randolph (Tré) Morgan III, a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, collaborative attorney and mediator in Raleigh, North Carolina. Through my practice as the Law Office of Randolph Morgan III, P.A., I represent clients in North Carolina divorce, custody, alimony, child support, property division and other related matters.

I’ve been practicing law for over 10 years. Originally from Greensboro, I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1997 with a degree in Psychology. I spent a year working with schizophrenic patients at UNC Hospitals after college.

I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Law in 2001. I practiced law primarily in the courtrooms of this state until November of 2010.  As a young attorney, I was fortunate to have some of the best lawyers in North Carolina as mentors.

(I am a Tarheel born and a Tarheel bred, and when I die, I’ll be a Tarheel dead. But, I’ve represented a lot of Wolfpackers, Blue Devils, Demon Deacons, Mountaineers, Pirates, Bulldogs, Catamounts and other fans, and they didn’t hold it against me.)

In November of 2010 I took a leap of faith, gave up a guaranteed salary and opened my own North Carolina law firm to devote my practice to resolving divorce, custody, alimony, property division and other family law issues outside of the courtroom. I did this because I’ve had a front row seat to the destruction that ugly divorces and court battles wreak on people, families and finances. I believe that my purpose as a lawyer is to help people avoid that kind of divorce.

My firm is an affiliate of the non-profit group Collaborative Divorce Experts. This provides me with continued training, knowledge sharing and highly experienced and knowledgeable collaborative divorce attorneys as colleagues.

I have extensive training in the Collaborative Practice of family law, negotiation, mediation and effective communication techniques. I am a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the largest association of collaborative law professionals in the world.

As a part of my commitment to negotiated resolutions, I have been certified as a Family Financial Mediator and a Superior Court Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. I also serve as an Arbitrator for the Wake County District Courts.

I am a member of the Family Law Divisions of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

I am married and I have two little girls. I understand the emotions and importance of my client’s divorce and custody issues. Further, as a child of divorce, I understand your children’s perspective on the issues that you are facing and the long term impact of divorce on families.

Community Involvement: Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp – Volunteer Foster Dad; Y-Guides Chief (Pink Mohawk Tribe)

What is it Like to Work with Me?

Putting myself in your shoes, I would have a lot of questions.  I would have lots of legal questions.  I would have even more questions about  the ultimate outcome of my case.  But, perhaps the most important question I would have for my attorney would be “What’s it like to work with you?”

So, I’ll try to answer that here.  First, I am a solo practitioner.  That means that you won’t work with any associates or partners.  I do all of the legal work.  You will only meet with me.  You will only talk to me on the phone.  You will only get emails from me. You will not have to talk to secretaries, paralegals or anyone else about your case.  Only me.  I control my calendar, so when we need to schedule something, you and I will do that together. You don’t have to share your story with every person you meet with in my office; you only share it once with me.

Second, I believe that humor has its place in a difficult situation.  Sometimes it can be a great tool for breaking tension, reminding ourselves of the big picture when the details feel overwhelming, or just laughing so that our brains can flush some stress hormones and inject some pleasure chemicals instead.  (That’s not just for fun, science has shown us that our brains function way better on pleasure chemicals than stress chemicals).  Sometimes it just reminds everybody that we are all people, and not just obstacles or problems to deal with.  There are no stand up comedy routines here, but a laugh every now and then can help.

Third, I’m pretty cautious.  I don’t like “good enough” when it comes to most things involving clients.  I don’t like it when clients understand things “well enough”; I like it when my clients truly understand the moving pieces of their resolution.  There is a balancing of future unknowns and risks in any divorce resolution.  I want my clients to have a very clear understanding of the balance that they are choosing before they agree.

Lastly, I’m not a head hunter.  I’m not out to destroy anybody, including your spouse.  I work for you, and I passionately advocate for your interests.  But, my value system does not support the notion that we have to ruin your spouse, your kids and your finances in order to protect you.  My approach  is that divorce is an unfortunate set of issues to be resolved by the spouses, not a war that must be won.  My strategy is to protect you and put you on a path to future happiness and success while minimizing collateral damage. I’ve talked about my bias in my approach here.

Obviously, there’s a lot more to working with someone than these factors.  But, hopefully this gives you an idea of how our working relationship will feel. I’m happy to talk with you or meet with you if you’d like to learn more.

Articles

A Primer on the Collaborative Law Proceedings Statute in North Carolina, Family Forum, North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, March 2014

Drafting Pitfalls – North Carolina Advocates for Justice Family Law Section Newsletter (September 2008; co-authored with Sheryl Friedrichs)

Collaborative Law: A Better Way – North Carolina Advocates for Justice Family Law Section Newsletter (June 2008)

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce: A Process for Effective Dispute Resolution (pending publication in RESOLVED: Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution; co-authored with Michael Kothakota, CFP)