Meet Our Team

Allen Starrett

Managing Attorney
Allen Starrett, Ballantyne Estate Planning Attorney

I began my legal career as an associate with a small private practice before opening the doors of Starrett Law Firm in January 2009. It was crazy timing. The economy was in the throes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. My wife and I were expecting our first child. So starting a business made complete sense. Well… not exactly, but I truly felt God calling me toward a bigger purpose. Since then, driven by the personal experience of losing my father to a massive stroke, I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of clients better prepare for twists and turns in life and business. My hope is to help many more.

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Favorite thing about Charlotte: its family friendliness

How I spend my free time: camping, country music, people watching, and playing soccer with my kids at Elon Park

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be: Seoul, Korea

I’m a huge fan of: UNC basketball!

I would never, ever: give up

What I enjoy most about trusts and estates law: impacting the lives and legacies of our clients

J.D. – UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, 2005

B.A. – UNC-Chapel Hill, Economics, 2000

North Carolina

Member, American Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Charlotte Estate Planning Council

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

Founder & Chair, Ballantyne Ball, 2013-present

Board Member, South Charlotte Partners, 2021-present

Co-Founder, The Park Social, 2013-present

Chair (2015), Charlotte Chamber – Ballantyne Chapter, 2012-2016

Chair, Ballantyne Festival, 2013-2015

Co-Founder, Ballantyne Briefings, 2013-2019

Notable Local
– Ballantyne Magazine, 2020

40 over 40 Award
– Charlotte Ledger, 2020

Readers’ Choice Best Attorney Award
– Carolina Weekly, 2016

STANDOUT Charlottean
– Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2013

Estate Planning 5 Star Service Award
– Charlotte Magazine, 2009-14

Darren Mitchell


Before joining Starrett Law Firm, I ran my own solo practice. I began my legal career focusing on criminal and trial law but quickly transitioned to business law, in which I found much more enjoyment. Helping new and seasoned business owners plan and run their businesses, and assisting in protecting them from legal missteps is where I bring the most value to clients. Counseling, advising, and planning can be underrated aspects of the legal profession but they are of vital importance.

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Favorite thing about Charlotte: the weather

How I spend my free time: working out, reading, studying everything – I love learning and I will stay up half the night reading and learning new things.

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be: Singapore

I’m a huge fan of: Jiu Jitsu

I would never, ever: accept being uninformed

What I enjoy most about business law: helping clients head off business problems before they begin

J.D. – Campbell, 2008

B.A. – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Criminal Justice, Political Science, 2004

North Carolina

Member, North Carolina State Bar

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

Alex Hierlmeier


I was born and raised in a small town in North Georgia that holds a special place in my heart. After attending the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and Mercer University’s School of Law, I moved to Charlotte to marry my husband and begin my legal career in North Carolina. I have had the opportunity to explore several areas of law and feel so blessed that I am able to practice trusts and estates law in particular. I love helping others plan for their loved ones and helping during their time of need. I am thankful that I get to feel a personal connection to each client I work with.

Hometown: Ellijay, GA

Favorite thing about Charlotte: walking around the city with my husband and our dog child with a coffee in hand

How I spend my free time: traveling! (if I’m not traveling, I’m planning my next trip)

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be: Italy and my parents’ house

I’m a huge fan of: the Great American Songbook. I can and do listen to Crooners all day long! I think I should have been alive in the 30’s.

I would never, ever: say no to watching Steel Magnolias

What I enjoy most about trusts and estates law: meeting and connecting with new people in my community

J.D. – Mercer University – Walter F. George School of Law, 2016

B.Ed. – The University of Georgia, Sport Management, 2013

North Carolina

Member, North Carolina State Bar

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

Volunteer, The Junior League of Charlotte, 2018-present

Member, Charlotte City Club Social Committee, 2019-present

Hillary Starrett

Legal Assistant

I was born and raised in Charlotte, then attended UNC Chapel Hill where I earned a BS in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. After I graduated, I met Allen and we were married in August 2004. We have two beautiful daughters.

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Favorite thing about Charlotte: the many sports teams, great weather, and close proximity to both the mountains and the beach

How I spend my free time: fun excursions with my family, exercising, baking

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be: Fiji

I’m a huge fan of: UNC Tarheels basketball

I would never, ever: root for Duke

What I enjoy most about trusts and estates law: I love being able to help clients gain a peace and a sense of confidence in knowing that a plan is in place to pass on not only their assets, but their legacy as well.

B.S. – UNC-Chapel Hill,
Business Administration

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