Melanie is a compassionate advocate for her clients because she was a client first. She prefers to keep people out of court where they have more control/power over the outcome of their issues. Besides the standard family law services offered, she offers services such as Demand Letter Writing and Mediation. These alternatives often solve disputes before they land in court, preserving the client's finances and emotional energy.
As Melanie observed others' disappointment in their legal matters, she was motivated to open a client-friendly law practice built on integrity, compassion, and accessibility. As a result, Signified Law was born. Her personal experience gives her an insightful perspective on what clients face while her education provides an understanding of the legal attributes of each case. Having genuine empathy, a knack for research and writing, and a tenacious spirit, Melanie aims to advocate for and empower each client by helping them navigate their case and move beyond adversity.
Melanie operates with a level-headed, balanced approach on delicate issues as she recognizes it doesn’t benefit a client to inflame an already adversarial situation. Her sole purpose is to lighten the client's load and protect their interests.
Melanie is a certified mediator and co-created a divorce mediation program at the Mandel Gisnet Center for Conflict Management in Monterey County. As a mediator, Melanie found it rewarding facilitating others as they created their own fair solutions. She also interned for a child advocacy law firm and worked alongside the courts and social services in the pursuit of reunifying separated families.