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Melissa Oxford

Melissa Oxford

Attorney at Law | Melissa Oxford Law, PLLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Business Law...
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma
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Melissa Oxford is from Webb City, a small town outside of Joplin, Missouri. She went to University of Arkansas for undergraduate studies and later attended the University of Arkansas School of Law. While in law school Melissa met her husband, Ben, a native Tulsan. Following graduation, Melissa and Ben moved to Tulsa and she began practicing law in September 2010. Initially, Melissa worked for a well-respected private law firm practicing workers' compensation defense. She sharpened her trial skills, took hundreds of depositions, and became an excellent negotiator by participating in numerous mediations. As a result of her hard work and proactive management of her caseload, Melissa was hired as in-house counsel for a large nationwide insurance company in 2012. During her six years with the company, she handled their workers' compensation defense litigation, which included large exposure catastrophic injuries and death cases. She also provided personal injury defense for the insurance company’s policyholders, from car wrecks to slip and fall cases. In 2018, Melissa left her in-house role to expand her practice area expertise. While working for a small boutique law firm, she honed her research and writing skill set and gained substantive practice experience in the areas of family law, contractual disputes, construction defect, personal injury, malpractice defense (architects, engineers, dentists, doctors, hospitals), employment, and oil and gas law. Melissa founded her own law firm, Melissa Oxford Law, PLLC, in February 2019.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Business Law
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Juvenile Law
  • Native American Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Adoption
  • Guardianships
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
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Oklahoma Bar Association
ID Number: 30287
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
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United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
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United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney at Law
Melissa Oxford Law, PLLC
- Current
Associate Attorney
McDaniel Acord & Lytle
Staff Attorney
The Hartford
Associate Attorney
McGivern & Gilliard
University of Arkansas School of Law
J.D. (2010)
Honors: Dean's List
Activities: Judicial Extern for the Honorable David Clinger, Equal Justice Works, Benjamin Altheimer Moot Court, Negotiation Competition Finalist, Client Counseling Competition Finalist
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University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
B.A. (2007)
Honors: University of Arkansas Volunteer Spirit Award, E. Faye Jones Service to Scouting Award
Activities: Big Brothers Big Sisters - President and Mentor, Alpha Phi Omega National Community Service Organization - Vice President, Kappa Delta Sorority - Philanthropy Chair
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E. Faye Jones Service to Scouting Award
Alpha Phi Omega
Volunteer Spirit Award
University of Arkansas
Professional Associations
Oklahoma Bar Association # 30287
Activities: Family Law Section - Member; Adoption Law Section - Member; Workers' Compensation Section - Member
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Tulsa Lawyers for Children
- Current
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Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association # N/A
- Current
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Tulsa County Bar Association
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Activities: Young Lawyers Division Social Committee Co-Chair 2010-2012; Litigation Section; Lawyer Referral Service Committee
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Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
34 Questions Answered

Q. How do I write a motion to set aside I need to write a motion to set aside emergency temp custody
A: An emergency custody order should be set for hearing within ten days under OK law. I recommend hiring an attorney well-versed in family law in Oklahoma and appear at the hearing to provide evidence in support of your position.
Q. with a CS court hearing coming up my ex is wanting to terminate his rights, what do I do?
A: A parent cannot terminate their parental rights simply to circumvent child support obligations.
Q. When a kid is 16, what are the laws on child neglect at that age?
A: I recommend your friend consult an attorney well-versed in Oklahoma family law immediately. It is possible she has a duty to report this situation to DHS and could face liability if she fails to do so.
Q. My son moved to Florida with his father. He is 15 and is “mad” at me. He won’t speak to me and his father won’t let him.
A: The short answer is yes, you have to pay child support. I recommend you consult with an attorney well-versed in family law in Oklahoma to determine next steps based on whether or not your child's father is in contempt of an order already in place by relocating to another state and to enforce your custody/visitation rights.
Q. I was the guardian to a child from OK. We ended up adopting her in WA state. Didn’t file termination in OK
A: I recommend consulting with a lawyer well-versed in Oklahoma adoption law to ensure the UCCJEA was complied with and any additional steps you need to take in Oklahoma.
Q. I live in Oklahoma my attorney filed divorce though court but can’t reach him is there anything I can do?
A: Under Oklahoma law there is a 90 day waiting period for a divorce when minor children are involved.
Q. I'm in a adoption case for my son. The judge ordered that my son can be eligible for adoption without my consent.
A: You need to hire an attorney who specializes in adoption, QUICKLY. It is possible to terminate your parental rights without your consent.
Q. Are employers required to notify as self insured and will handle workers comp claims in house prior to employment?
A: The 2014 Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act allowed employers to “opt out” of the state workers’ compensation system as long as they provided equal or better benefits. Since that time, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the “opt out” provision. Employers can self-insure, but it is subject to additional regulation.
Q. I married then separated from a woman in 2008/2009 she has kids now am I liable.
A: If you were married to bio mom when she had the child(ren), under Oklahoma law you are presumed to be the father. This presumption can be overcome by a DNA test, but you will need to request same. You indicate you "signed a notarized paper for the mom from hospitals each time she popped another one out". If the document you signed was an acknowledgement of paternity, I recommend you consult an attorney specializing in paternity lawsuits in Oklahoma immediately.
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Melissa Oxford Law, PLLC
1874 S. Boulder Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74119
Telephone: (918) 796-5713