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Pete McArdle, Esq.

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Phone: 704.370.2828
Fax: 704.370.2202

The Historic John Price Carr House
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204

Mr. McArdle has lived in Charlotte since 1979. He attended Saint Gabriel Catholic School and Charlotte Catholic High School. After graduating from high school in 1987, Mr. McArdle attended the University of North Carolina. At Chapel Hill, he played on the Junior Varsity Basketball Team and served on the UNC Supreme Court. He also received recognition for being an All-ACC Student Athlete. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, Mr. McArdle attended law school at Campbell University. In law school, Mr. McArdle traveled with the Moot Court team and earned entry to the Order of the Barristers.

After law school, Mr. McArdle returned to Charlotte and has represented clients in Charlotte and the surrounding counties since 1995. He is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, North Carolina State Bar and the Mecklenburg County Family Law Section. Mr. McArdle is a partner at Arnold & Smith, PLLC and the primary focus of his law practice has been and remains family law. He is experienced in trying cases involving issues related to child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, and domestic violence. He is also a certified family financial mediator.

His approach to cases is straightforward and honest. If a case requires extensive and aggressive litigation, he is comfortable in the courtroom and has zealously fought for successful outcomes for his clients for the past twenty years. If, however, the case requires a more collaborative approach, then he is equally adept at resolving matters outside of the courthouse.

Mr. McArdle has gained a great deal of experience in litigating jury trials related to heart balm torts (i.e. alienation of affection cases). In 2015, he was featured in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly after a successful jury trial verdict. He has been quoted on ESPN, CNN, and The Charlotte Observer and has been a contributor to local television news on issues related to family law. Mr. McArdle also represents clients with regard to issues related to district court criminal/traffic cases, land condemnation cases, personal injury matters and general civil litigation.

He and his wife, Sally, are the parents of four children. When he is outside of the office, Mr. McArdle coaches a middle school AAU basketball team and nervously watches his children participate in innumerable youth sporting events.

Community Involvement and Professional Memberships

United States District Court – Western District of North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
Mecklenburg County Bar
Former Board Member of Holy Angels
Board Member for QCAA Basketball
Volunteer Basketball Coach at Saint Gabriel’s School
Volunteer Soccer Coach at the Harris YMCA
Volunteer Football Coach at Southpark Pop Warner Football
Certified Mediator

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I've been a client of Pete McArdle for almost a year now and have been more than impressed and happy with his handling of my case. He is honest and direct but not in an abrasive way. He has done everything possible to settle my divorce out of court and to save me time and money. Yet, he has never slighted me in any way nor lost focus of my expressed goals. He has asked me what I want several times and has done all he can to make it happen. He is an excellent communicator, a skilled writer, highly intelligent and very thorough. He decided on a course of action for my case and has had the combination of skills and experience necessary to see it thru. My divorce is yet to be finalized and more court appearances are looming...Yet, I have complete confidence that things will go well and Pete is on top of whatever lies ahead. Hiring Pete was the smartest thing I've done during this whole divorce process. Highly, highly recommended. Steve Swail
Pete McArdle represented us with a child custody case. I can't truly describe how impressed I was in that courtroom. My ex didn't know what him. His face turned red and he looked like a fool. Attorney McArdle took everything he said and turned it back around on him to where he could hardly speak. The evidence they had against me was a joke when Attorney McArdle was finished with him. His opening statement to the opposing party was, "so have you ever heard the expression, bringing a knife to a gun fight?" Then it was on and he went after him with guns blaring. We had a judge that is typically what they call a 50/50 judge and that is what my ex wanted I believe due to child support reasons. Attorney McArdle beat all odds and my daughter is still with me the majority of the time. I am so grateful for what he did for us. I thought the word failure meant something stops or is not working. Then I became a paramedic and realized if someone is in kidney failure or heart failure that it has not stopped working completely. I looked up the definition of the word and it merely means, not meeting it's full potential. Attorney McArdle is the opposite of what this means. I believe he was designed to be in a courtroom and is living up to his full potential. He sat there and listened and wrote notes when the opposing party was testifying, then when it was his turn to ask the questions I was amazed at how he turned and twisted every word they said to expose them for the lies they told and downplay the dirt they attempted to throw at me. It was like something out of a movie. I will always want Attorney McArdle with me if I ever have to be in a courtroom again. He is truly amazing at what he does. Angie Portela
Pete McArdle and Arnold & Smith did a fantastic job of representing me in a contested custody action. His advice was honest, realistic, pragmatic, and professional. I appreciated his efforts to resolve the issues amicably through a settlement with the other party. He was an excellent advisor and a great sounding board that provided thoughtful logic and reasoning in an emotionally charged environment. When a hearing was necessary, he was prepared, skilled, and confident. Pete is a skilled litigator and understands procedure and strategy on a level that delivers results. Pete and Brittany made me feel as comfortable as one could possibly feel during this process and kept me well informed at every stage. The billing process was reasonable and easy to understand. I would recommend Pete, Brittany, and the entire team for any family law needs. My kids are able to enjoy time with their dad because of the efforts of Pete and his team. Chris B.
Pete McArdle is hands down the BEST Attorney EVER and I highly recommend you hire him!! I won my Divorce case in every possible direction thanks to Pete and I couldn't be more grateful and happier!! 50/50 custody of my 3 children was always my #1 priority and all I wanted! Pete understood that and made sure of it. Everything else I won was a bonus!! Pete and his team at Arnold & Smith were so caring, understanding, professional and they are very hard workers. I am forever grateful!!! Thank you!! Andrea Carinci