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Melissa has lived in North Carolina since she was seven years old, raised in the small town of Four Oaks. She graduated from South Johnston High School and then attended North Carolina State University where she completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology with a Criminal Justice Concentration.

After graduating from North Carolina State University, Melissa opted to remain in the Raleigh area. She worked in various levels of State and Local government as a Case Manager with both the State of North Carolina and Wake County Child Support Enforcement. After having worked in Child Support Enforcement for nearly nine years, she chose to leave her full-time job to attend North Carolina Central University School of Law. For two summers during law school, Melissa was an intern at the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in both the Special Litigation and Public Assistance Divisions.

Melissa is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, and is an active member of The North Carolina State Bar, The North Carolina Bar Association, The Tenth Judicial District Bar, and The Wake County Bar Association. Melissa is a former member of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association. In addition, Melissa is a former member of the Development Committee of the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Melissa practices primarily in Wake County, but also handles matters in Harnett County. Her aim is to provide quality legal services at a small-town price. Melissa’s passion is family law, and if you need assistance, she would be happy to schedule a $199 one-hour initial consultation with you.

Melissa and her husband John have lived in Fuquay-Varina for nearly fifteen years. They enjoy trying new local restaurants and breweries and love to spend time with friends, and their rescued German Shepherds, Karen and Kyle. In her “spare” time, Melissa enjoys quilting for family and friends.

Melissa Flanagan

Licensed in North Carolina


North Carolina State University
B.S. Applied Sociology with a Criminal Justice Concentration, 1995

North Carolina Central University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2015

Activities & Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member
  • Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association, Member/Friend of Downtown
  • Development Committee of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, Former Member
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar

Gavin Russell

Legal Assistant


University of North Carolina at Wilmington
B.S. in Political Science, minors in Pre-Law and Spanish, 2022 

Gavin is a native of Fuquay-Varina, and a recent third generation graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Gavin majored in Political Science, with minors in Pre-Law and Spanish.  He graduated with honors in May 2022.
He enjoys all things sports, but particularly enjoys soccer.  Gavin is an avid supporter of Chelsea F.C., and has the goal of traveling to London to watch a game.
Gavin’s favorite foods are anything pasta/Italian food related, traditional street tacos (Los Portales Taqueria in Wilmington has the best authentic Mexican food he’s ever had), and his grandmother’s cooking.  
He enjoys traveling when he has time, and has the ultimate goal of traveling the world and visiting every state in the United States.  Gavin traveled to Perú in 2018, and classifies that trip as his favorite thus far.  While in Perú, he was able to enjoy the amazing food, music, soccer (obviously he had to watch a game), and everything about the country’s culture.  He hopes to travel back to Perú soon, and also wants to explore other South American countries.  
Gavin plans to attend law school in the near future, but is excited and grateful to gain valuable experience at Fuquay-Varina Family Law.  We are thrilled to have Gavin as a team member, and particularly enjoy his dry sense of humor.


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We know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer $199 consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget. We are pleased to offer special rates for first responders, current or retired military members, educators, and healthcare providers.