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Biographical Information

Focusing primarily on complex and high asset matrimonial matters, Melody draws on her 30-years of diverse litigation experience to bring practical and case-specific solutions to all of her clients. Although she has substantial litigation experience and success, Melody is also an active leader in the field of collaborative law. Melody also has an extensive Guardian ad Litem practice, and is a certified mediator.

Melody served as a board member of the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association from 2002-2009, when she served as the Chair of that Section. She is an acknowledged leader in her field, having been selected for inclusion as a Georgia Super Lawyer each year since 2007, one of Georgia’s Top 50 Women Lawyers every year since 2009, and as one of Georgia’s Top 100 Lawyers. Melody was also recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

Melody’s philosophy of giving back to the community is demonstrated by her awards and achievements in the area of service. She was the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Community Service Award for spearheading a playground build at Perkerson Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta, the Atlanta Bar Association’s Achievement Award for her work as the Co-Chair of the Law Day Committee, where she currently serves as chair, and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Family First Award for her extraordinary service and contributions to the families of Atlanta. Melody was also a member of the award-winning 2013 Atlanta Dream Team Law Day Symposium.

Melody is a native of Atlanta, having graduated from Dunwoody High School, Emory University, and the University of Georgia School of Law in 1985. She is married and she and her husband have one daughter, who is a student at the University of Miami.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia 1985
  • Supreme Court of Georgia 1985
  • Georgia Court of Appeals 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia 1985

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1985
    • Research Editor, University of Georgia Law Review 1984-1985
    • Member, Georgia Law Review, 1983-1984
  • Emory College, B.A., 1981

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion as a Georgia Super Lawyer each year since 2007
  • Named one of the Top 50 Woman Attorneys in Georgia each year since 2009
  • Selected for inclusion in The Top 100 Lawyers in 2011, 2012, 2013 Georgia Super Lawyers
  • Named one of Georgia’s Legal Elite 2008, 2010, 2013
  • Community Service Project Award from the Atlanta Bar in 2009 –
    Profiled in The Atlanta Lawyer, Oct. 2009: DOWNLOAD
  • Achievement Award for efforts as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Law Day Committee, May, 2012
  • Atlanta Bar Association Family First Award 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Chair 2008-2009
    • Vice Chair/Chair Elect 2007-2008
    • Secretary 2006-2007
    • Treasurer 2005-2006
    • Member at Large 2002-2005
    • Editor-in-Chief, Family Law Newsletter, 2001-2004
  • Master, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Alliance – sustaining member
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Phi Alpha Delta (Vice Justice, 1985)
  • Certified Mediator
  • Certified Guardian ad Litem by Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Speaking Engagements

Author/Speaker
Emory Law School Litigation class guest speaker

“What Role Can a Lawyer Play for a Child in Family Court?” Atlanta Magazine, March 2009
“Heart Flush: Best Interest of the Child Prevails” and “Collaborative Family Law: Catch the Wave,” February 14, 2008
“Winning at Mediation: Dance to the Music,” New Developments in Family Law and Mediation, May 3, 2007
“Prenuptial Agreements,” Atlanta Woman Magazine, February 2007, (Vol. 6,
Issue 2)
“For Love or Money: the Financial Aspects of Divorce,” February 14, 2004
“Georgia Custody Issues,” November 2000
“Georgia Family Law Practice for Paralegals,” October 2000

Publications

“What Role Can a Lawyer Play for a Child in Family Court?” Atlanta Magazine, March 2009
“Heart Flush: Best Interest of the Child Prevails” and “Collaborative Family Law: Catch the Wave,” February 14, 2008
“Winning at Mediation: Dance to the Music,” New Developments in Family Law and Mediation, May 3, 2007
“Prenuptial Agreements,” Atlanta Woman Magazine, February 2007, (Vol. 6,
Issue 2)
“For Love or Money: the Financial Aspects of Divorce,” February 14, 2004
“Georgia Custody Issues,” November 2000
“Georgia Family Law Practice for Paralegals,” October 2000

Service Activities

Atlanta Bar Association Law Day Committee; Co-Chair,

Atlanta Bar Association Celebrating Service Committee.

Fulton County Law Day Commitee