Melissa F. Brown

Melissa F. Brown

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • South Carolina
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Summary

Melissa F. Brown is a divorce attorney who handles complex family law matters. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

The complex family law matters include,custody, visitation (multi-state and International), alimony, child support, and property division cases. The firm also handles relocation cases, enforcement proceedings, modification proceedings, and drafting Settlement Agreements.

As an experienced South Carolina divorce and custody attorney and Certified Family Court mediator, she understands the impact divorce can have on clients and their families. Thus, our firm strives to minimize conflict and amicably resolve each case. While our goal is to help clients reach an agreement, we still zealously advocate for each client.

Melissa's Best Advice: Stay married- if you can. If not, find a caring, experienced, knowledgeable family law attorney who matches your personality - someone in whom you instinctively trust and gives you good advice, even when you might not want to hear it!

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa & Mastercard accepted.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
Professional Experience
Member
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Current
Melissa is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Owner, Senior Partner
Melissa F. Brown, LLC
- Current
Opened my own Family Law firm concentrating on complex divorce and custody cases.
Associate
Andrews & Shull, PA
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Associate
Nexsen Pruet Jacobs Pollard & Robinson
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Lee Robinson and I merged with Nexsen Pruet Jacobs Pollard and Robinson.
Associate
Lee M. Robinson, PA
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Divorce, Custody & Family Law firm. Had opportunity to work with and learn from one of the very best Family Law attorneys in our state. In 1996, our firm merged with Nexsen Pruet Jacobs Pollard and Robinson to start a Family Law Division in Charleston.
Assistant Solicitor
Charleston County 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office
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Assistant Solicitor handling criminal cases in General Sessions.
Law Clerk
The Honorable William L. Howard
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Law clerk to The Honorable William L. Howard.
Education
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
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Awards
Order of the Barrister
University of South Carolina School of Law
National Moot Court Team
University of South Carolina School of Law
National Moot Court Team
Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia
Professional Associations
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow
- Current
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow
- Current
Activities: Melissa was recently accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Ashley Hall School Alumni Board
Member and Committee Chair
- Current
Charleston County Bar Association
Judge, National Moot Court Competition, Charleston School of Law
- Current
Charleston County Bar Association
Vice Chair, William L. Howard Portrait Committee
- Current
American Bar Association
Advisory Panel, Inaugural Member
- Current
American Bar Association Family Law Section
Member
- Current
Charleston Day School
Committee Member
- Current
Activities: Alumni Fundraising committee 1999-present. Chair, 2008-2009. Large Gift Committee, 2003.
Center for Women
Member and Board Member
- Current
American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member, Law Practice Management Section, 2009 to present. Member, GP & Solo Section, 2009 to present. Member, FLS Law Practice Management Committee, 2008 to present. Member, Alimony and Spousal Support Committee, 2003-2005. Member, Family Law Case Update Committee, 2003-2005.
South Carolina Women's Lawyer Association
Member
- Current
South Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section
Member
- Current
Activities: Member, Women's Lawyer Association, 1996-present. Member, FLS, 1995-present.
Trident United Way
Sub-committee Board Member
- Current
South Carolina State Bar
Member
- Current
Charleston County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member, Family Court Section, 1995 to present.
SC Episcopal Diocese
Member
- Current
American Bar Association
Co-Chair of Sponsorship Committee for Family Law Section (FLS)
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American Bar Association
Co-Editor, Family Law CLE Newsletters
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The Buckley School of Public Speaking
Graduate
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American Bar Association
Judge, National Schwab Family Law Legal Writing Contest
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South Carolina Bar Association
Delegate Representing FLS, House of Delegates
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American Bar Association
Co-Vice Chair, FLS Law Practice Management Committee
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South Carolina Bar Association
Past Chair, FLS
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South Carolina Bar Association
Chair, FLS
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South Carolina Bar Association
Chair-Elect, FLS
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ABA Trial Advocacy School
Graduate
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South Carolina Bar Association
Vice-Chair, FLS
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South Carolina Bar Association
Secretary, FLS
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Charleston County Bar Association
Secretary/Treasurer, FLS
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Junior League of Charleston
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
South Carolina Family Lawyers' Tool Kit, 2nd Edition
SC Bar
Delineating the Roles of Guardian ad Litem and Custody Evaluators: Where Do Their Labors Intersect and Where Not?
South Carolina Lawyer
Maintaining Clients’ Safety and Security in a Digital Age
The Family Law Review: A Publication of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
Safety and Security in a Digital Age
South Carolina Lawyer
ABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter
To Tweet or not to Tweet: How Social Networking Services can Benefit Your Family Law Practice
ABA PhoneCast to the FLS Law Practice Management
ABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter
Baltimore Bullet, Baltimore, MD
When 'Be Quiet" is Not the Response you Want to Hear: Getting a Child's Out-of-Court Statement into Evidence
SC Bar, It's All a Game--Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence
SC Bar, Hot Tips
How to Run Your Family Law Practice & Make Money
SC Bar Advanced FLS
ABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter
Great Scott, Scottsdale, AZ
ABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter
Chicago Bull, Chicago, IL
South Carolina Supreme Court Broadens Excited Utterance Exception: How to Utulize Ruling in Family Court Cases
SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Coolest Family Law
How to Convince Your Judge to Allow the Introduction of a Child's Out-of-Court Statement in Private Custody/Visitation Disputes
LEI, CO FLS
Time Maps: How to Effectively Use This Software in Court
LEI, CO FLS
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Fraud: How does the difference affect Your Family Court Case
SC Bar, Hot Tips
Using TimeMap Software to Successfully Gather Information from Clients and When Presenting Evidence in Court
SC Bar, Annual Meeting Technology Committee
COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You or Your Client
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Bulletin
COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You or Your Client
American Journal of Family Law
COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You or Your Client
The Family Law Review. A Publication of the Family Law Section of Geargia
An Update of 2005's Family Law Cases
SC Bar, Sidebar SC Online CLE Video SeEries
Homeland Security Act's Impact on Family Law Cases
SC Bar, Hot Tips
Using TimeMap Software to Successfully Meet with Clients and While Trying Complex Cases
SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners
Files in Family Court, A Treasure Trove for Identity Theives
South Carolina Law Review
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: Family Law Websites
SC Bar, Advanced Family Law Seminar
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: Family Law Websites
ABA, FLS Spring Meeting
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: Family Law Websites
SC Bar, Advanced Family Law Seminar
Files in Family Court: A Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves
Charleston Mercury
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: Family Law Websites
SC Bar Seminars Direct Videotape Program
Judicial Estoppel: You Can't Have it Both Ways
SC Bar, Hot Tips
Sealing the Record
SC Bar, Cool Tips
South Carolina Family Lawyers' Took Kit, 2003 Edition
South Carolina Bar
Secret Settlements in the Family Law Practice
SC Bar & USC School of Law
SC Bar, Annual Bar Meeting, FLS
COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite Your Client or You
SC Bar, Cool Tips
UIFSA Refresher
SC Bar, Hot Tips
Basic Business Violation Overview for DOmestic Attorneys
SC Bar, Hot Tips
The $$ and Sense of Divorce
Center for Women
Mindmaps--Great Software for the Family Law Practitioner
SC Bar, Cool Tips
SC Bar, Family Court Bar
Using the Child Support Guidelines to Your Advantage
SC Bar, Cool Tips
Understanding the New Child Support Guidelines
The South Carolina Lawyer
Devising Creative Visitation Schedules
Charleston County FLS, Family Law CLE
Devising Creative Visitation Schedules
Charleston County FLS, Family Law CLE
The Ethics of Representing More Than One Person: Conflicts of Interest Under Rules of Professional Conduct
SC Bar, Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner
The Ethics of Representing More Than One Person: Conflicts of Interest Under Rules of Professional Conduct
SC Bar, Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner
Estate Planning in the MIdst of a Divorce: HOw to Protect Your Heirs
The Law Journal-An Exewcutive's Guide to the Law
Ethical Consideration
NBI, Child Custody and VIsitation in SC
The Interplay of Statutes on Parental Rights, Responsibilities, and Parent/Child Contact
NBI, Child Custody and VIsitation in SC
Trial Issues
NBI, Child Custody and VIsitation in SC
Understanding the South Carolina Court System
Speech to Explorers Club
Initial Considerations in a Family Law Case
NBI, Child Custody and VIsitation in SC
Certifications
Certified Family Court Mediator
South Carolina Bar Association
Social Media
Contact & Map
145 King St., Ste. 405
Charleston, SC 29401
USA
Telephone: (843) 722-8900
Fax: (843) 722-8922