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“I am a dedicated, caring, and zealous advocate for my clients. I work tirelessly to fully understand their situations and investigate whenever necessary, and I always strive to resolve every matter as best as possible.”

- Andréa Morelos


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Has practiced law for 20+ years

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Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina

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Conversational in Spanish

Attorney Andréa Morelos

Personal injury attorney Andréa (Dréa) Morelos joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2024. A compassionate listener with two decades of legal experience, she is one of the first attorneys potential clients may speak to when calling the firm. Dréa enjoys her role helping accident victims understand the laws applicable to their cases and how a lawyer may be able to help them every step of the way.

The Path to North Carolina

Dréa grew up in Burlington (Vermont, not North Carolina!). Always aware of shifts and trends, she switched her language studies from French to Spanish in high school because she noticed that the Hispanic population was growing. She continued with her Spanish studies her freshman year in college at the University of Vermont and has been conversational in Spanish ever since.

For her sophomore year, Dréa transferred to North Carolina State University, where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Law & Political Philosophy. Dréa was a strong academic student, graduating cum laude, and was a member of the Dean’s List, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Pre-Law Students’ Association. She worked throughout her undergraduate years and also made time to nurture her passion for helping the underprivileged by volunteering at homeless shelters, childcare centers, and nursing homes.

Dréa rounded out her North Carolina pedigree when she left the Wolfpack to become a Tar Heel and attend University of North Carolina School of Law. She was an active member of her law school class and was an article editor for the NC Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, Coordinator for the Prisoner Legal Services Project, a member of the Black Law Students Association, and a Mock Trial Competition semi-finalist – all while earning a North Carolina Bar Association Certification for 100 Pro Bono hours of charitable legal work.

A Focus on Helping Those Who Need It Most

During much of her first 20 years of legal practice, Dréa focused on family law and settled the majority of her cases through negotiations as well as formal mediations.1 She describes herself as being “hyperfocused on investigating problems and issues to the end as well as good at making persuasive arguments.” She used these traits to help many individuals and families in crisis, and now she focuses these same skills to help accident victims.

“Sadly, car accidents are very common. And this seems to be one of the most misunderstood areas of law amongst underrepresented people. This is why I now use my experience and skills to help people navigate the complicated, stressful legal situations surrounding their auto accidents.”  

Dréa recalls one particularly tragic case in which a young child died in a car crash right before their parents’ eyes. Her meetings with them were emotional for all and eye-opening for her. She remembers having to negotiate with the insurance adjuster on the value of the child’s life, as well as on the parents’ emotional loss.

“This case intensified the way I would perceive and handle all future injury cases – including that it can be about much more than just car repairs and medical bills.”      

Giving Back

Dréa has always prioritized helping others. She volunteered from 2004 through 2022 at UNC Law School’s Community Legal Project which offers free legal assistance through the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill. For 12 years, she participated in the Lawyer Referral service, a program sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) that offers a highly discounted consult fee which helped low-income people gain access to legal help. She also donates a full day once a year to the NCBA 4ALL Statewide Service Day in which attorneys throughout North Carolina answer phone calls all day providing free legal information and referral resources.

“I’ve been helping people with their difficult and scary legal matters for over 20 years and hope to continue for another 20.”

At Home

When not helping clients navigate their personal injury cases, Dréa loves spending time with her son, going to comedy clubs, dance aerobics, and traveling – especially to the many water parks and beaches of the Carolinas.

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Durham County Bar Association


  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Wrote and presented Assisting with Spousal Support Issues, Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon Seminars, February 2008

Community & Civic Involvement

  • NCBA 4ALL Statewide Service Day volunteer
  • UNC Law School Community Legal Project volunteer*
  • NCBA Lawyer Referral Service volunteer*

Law School

University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, NC
2002 J.D.


North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
1999, B.A. Political Science, cum laude

*Denotes inactive