Melissa F. Brown, the principal and founding attorney of Melissa F. Brown LLC, has practiced law for over 20 years. Since she entered private practice, she has worked exclusively in the area of divorce and family law, helping individuals start new lives and crafting fair and reasonable solutions in divorce, child custody, alimony, visitation, equitable division of assets, child support and other family law cases.
Melissa graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987 and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1991. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable William L. Howard. Then, she served as an Assistant Solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
In 1993, Melissa began practicing family law as an associate for Lee M. Robinson, PA, whose firm later merged with Nexsen, Pruet, Jacobs, Pollard and Robinson. Six years later, after working with Lee M. Robinson, Melissa started her current practice.
Since starting her firm, Melissa has successfully handled many divorce, custody and other family law related cases. She is renowned for her ability to handle complicated, highly-charged cases that other lawyers avoid. A meticulous researcher, both judges and opposing counsel know that Melissa and her team are prepared to back up their clients’ allegations with unadorned, hard facts. The firm’s reputation for meticulous work helps settle cases and saves clients money.
Melissa’s experience as a divorce and family lawyer is widely recognized by her peers. She has received the “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell; given a 10.0 rating on AVVO; and chosen as one of the top female lawyers in the country by Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Recently, Melissa was selected as one of South Carolina’s SuperLawyers in the family law area. An active member of both the South Carolina and national legal communities, Melissa has held many prestigious leadership positions. She is the former Chair of the South Carolina Family Law Council. During her time as Chair, the Council published the first edition of the South Carolina Family Lawyers’ Tool Kit. (Melissa has since contributed to the 2nd edition and is currently editing the 3rd edition.) She has also served on multiple committees for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), including serving as the first Chair of the AAML’s Technology Committee. Melissa is a Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), and she serves on the IAML’s webinar committee.
Melissa has published numerous family-law related articles in national and state journals such as the American Journal of Family Law, University of South Carolina Law Review, the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Review, The South Carolina Lawyer, and the ABA Family E-Newsletter. She is currently writing a chapter for an upcoming ABA booklet for clients titled, “Getting Your Financial Accounts in Digital Order.”
Melissa’s most notable teaching and presentation experiences include serving as a Faculty Member at the Houston Family Law Trial Institute held at the South Texas College of Law (2010, 2011, & 2012), an intensive nine-day trial program for practicing attorneys; presenting CLE’s to nationwide audiences for the ABA, Atticus Legal Consulting Group and the National Constitutional Center.
She has also presented to the Canadian Family Law section and provided phone-casts and webcasts across the county. Most recently, she taught at the South Carolina Bar’s 2013 Solo and Small Firm Conference and Tech Expo, the South Carolina Bar’s 2013 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, and the New Mexico Bar’s 2013 Family Law Institute. She has given numerous family law presentations to attorneys and judges and has co-hosted the highly popular annual Hot Tips for Family Law Attorneys. Melissa is an active member of her community, particularly St. Michael’s Church.
To find out more, review Melissa’s CV that outlines her extensive involvement in all the above legal and community organizations and click here to access the tab that outlines all her speaking engagements.