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Melissa Fuller Brown

Melissa Fuller Brown

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, General Practice

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About Me

I enjoying helping good people who find themselves embroiled in an bad divorce.  Having practiced law for 20 years, 18 of which are solely in the family law arena, has given me the experience to help people move through this process with their sanity inact and hopefully a large portion of their estate.


I am a Fellow in the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML & IAML)  and am AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. I enjoy helping people resolve their complex divorce and custody cases that I have focused upon since 1993. I am also honored to be awarded the AV rating by Martindale Hubbell. 


My involvement with the AAML, SC Family Law and ABA Family Law Sections has enhanced my law practice in numerous ways. Connecting with attorneys around the country and now internationally through my new membership in the IAML greatly benefits my clients.  Collaborating with leading family law practitioners, authors, and judges whose sole focus is upon complex family law issues enriches my knowledge of the law.


Speaking and writing about family law has helped me delve into subjects from an academic standpoint that also assists me in the courtroom.  Preparing and researching issues pertinent to my practice also keeps me abreast of updates and breakthroughs in the law.  Ultimately, this helps save my clients money and better protects their interests. 


Our firm understands the unique challenges surrounding complex cases.  We utilize systems and procedures to cut costs without sacrificing the quality of our work.  Our case load is limited so we remain committed, focused and available to each client.


Use of Technology:


We take a novel approach to the use of technology in the family court arena.  When preparing a client’s case, we use multiple software programs to create timelines, strategy plans, alimony projections, child support calculations, asset division planning, and trial exhibit illustrations, to simplify complex matters into understandable visuals.  This approach also assists us in client meetings, mediation, settlement discussions and in court.  Helping clients, mediators, experts and judges quickly grasp many facts by painting a picture that illustrates the unique nature of the client’s case is a talent that we provide to each client.


Experts & Other Legal Support Professionals:


We work closely with an extensive network of experts and legal support professionals to provide access to resources that best protect our clients’ interests.  Such professionals include, but are not limited to: contract attorneys; forensic divorce accountants; certified public accountants; business valuation experts; forensic computer specialists; real estate appraisers; licensed private detectives; psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, custody evaluators and physicians; certified vocational  specialists; court reporters; process servers; guardians ad litem; and technology experts.


We aim to provide superior legal services to each client to help  


successfully cross the threshold to a new life.


 


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Divorce & Separation: 99%
    23 years
  2. General Practice: 1%
    23 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Ryan Schwartz

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    Ryan Schwartz Criminal Defense Attorney
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    Charles Hardy Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
SCGood Standing199203/07/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2009
Order of the BarristersUniversity of South Carolina School of Law1990
National Moot Court TeamUniv of SC Moot Court Competition1990

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior AttorneyMelissa F. Brown, LLC1999 - Present
AssociateAndrews & Shull, PA1988 - 1999

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2009 - Present
ABA Family Law SectionCo-Chair Sponsorship Committee2008 - 2009
Ashley Hall SchoolAlumni Board Member2008 - Present
Charleston County Bar AssociationCo-Chair The Honorable William L.Howard Portrait Committee2007 - 2007
ABA Family Law SectionJudge, Schwab National Legal Writing Contest2007 - 2008
United States of America District Court of South CarolinaMember2006 - Present
Charleston School of LawJudge, National Moot Court Competition2005 - 2005
South Carolina Bar AssociationDelegate to the House of Delegates for Family Law Council2005 - 2006
American Bar AssociationAdvisory Panel Inaugural Member2003 - Present
ABA Family Law SectionCo-Vice Chair LPM Section2003 - 2004
South Carolina Family Law CouncilPast Chair2003 - 2004
SC Bar Family Law CouncilChair2002 - 2003
South Carolina Family Law CouncilChair Elect2001 - 2002
South Carolina Family Law CouncilVice-Chair2000 - 2001
South Carolina Family Law CouncilSecretary1999 - 2000
South Carolina Women's Lawyer AssociationMember1997 - Present
South Carolina Family Law CouncilMember1997 - Present
Charleston County Family Law SectionSecretary/Treasurer1996 - 1998
South Carolina Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
ABA Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Charleston County Family Law AssociationMember1993 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Charleston County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
South Carolina Family Lawyers' Tool KitSouth Carolina Family Lawyers' Tool Kit, contributing author2010
The South Carolina Lawyer“Safety and Security in a Digital Age”2010
Atticus Graduate Network TeleconferenceEffective Legal Tweets to Avoid Sounding Like a Twit!2009
Baltimore BulletABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter2009
ABA Family Law Section Law Practice Management PhonecastTwitter For Lawyers2009
Great ScottABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter2008
Chicago BullABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter2008
The Family Law Review. A Publication of the Family Law Section of the Georgia BarCOBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You Or Your Client2005
South Carolina Trial Lawyers BulletinCOBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You Or Your Client2005
American Journal of Family LawCOBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You Or Your Client2005
South Carolina School of Law ReviewA Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves2004
Charleston MercuryFiles in Family Court: A Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves2004
SC BarSouth Carolina Family Lawyers Tool Kit (Co-author while Chair of SC Family Law Council)2003
South Carolina Lawyer Magazine"Understanding the New Child Support Guidelines"1999
The Law Journal---An Executive's Guide tto the LawHow to Protect Your Heirs (Co-Author with James Duggan)1997

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Buckley School of Public SpeakingPublic SpeakingHonorary Degree2008
ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy InstituteTrial SkillsHonorary Degree2001
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJuris Doctor1991
University of VirginiaAmerican Studies Program; HistoryBA1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
How to Handle Your First Family Court ___?___How to Try Your First Family Court Trial2011
Houston Family Law Trial InstituteHouston Family Law Trial Institute, Faculty Member2011
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law PractitionersUnderstanding the Jurisdictional Complexities & Differences When Handling Multi-State Custody, Child Support and Parental Kidnapping Cases Under the UCCJEA, UIFSA & PKPA2011
SC Bar Annual Convention, Family Law Section Update for Lawyers & JudgesSafety & Security in a Digital Age2010
LEI National CLE ConferenceTo Tweet or Not to Tweet: Social Networking- Help or Hindrance to the Family Law Practice?,2010
It's All a Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle EvidenceRoasted & Toasted: How to Introduce Information Posted on Internet Sites to ‘Burn’ the Opposing Party or Witness2010
Houston Family Law Trial InstituteFinding and Admitting or Objecting to Electronic Evidence2010
Houston Family Law Trial InstituteHouston Family Law Trial Institute, Faculty Member2010
Hot Tips for the Solo or Small Firm PractitionerHow to Define, Identify and Find Your “A” Client2010
Guest Lecturer for Dr. Chip Taylor’s Ethics & Mental Health Law graduate studies courseThe Role of the Mental Health Professional in South Carolina Family Law2010
Center for Women, Brown Bag Lunch SeriesSeparation & Divorce: How to Be Prepared When You Least Expect It!2010
Women @ Work GroupHow to Be Prepared When You Least Expect It!2009
South Carolina Bar: It's All a Game- Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence"When 'Be Quiet' is Not the Response You Want to Hear: Getting a Child's Out-of-Court Statement Into Evidence"2009
Social Media Marketing Graduate Network CallSocial Media Marketing PhoneCast- Twitter2009
National Constitution Center Audio ConferenceTwitter for Lawyers2009
Mount Pleasant Entrepreneurial Women LuncheonHow to Be Prepared When You Least Expect It2009
Litigation Conference for Forensic Financial ExpertsSouth Carolina Family Law Case Update2009
Family Law Section Fall MeetingEffective Legal Tweets to Avoid Sounding Like a Twit!2009
East Cooper Women's Entrepreneurial GroupHow to Be Prepared When You Least Expect It!2009
Atticus Practice Builder Program for Attorney’s: How to Run Your Law Firm EfficientlyHow Becoming An Atticus Client Positively Impacted My Law Practice2009
Atticus Graduate Network TeleconferenceSocial Media Marketing2009
ABA PhoneCast to the FLS Law Practice Management CommitteeTo Tweet or Not to Tweet: How Social Networking Services can Benefit Your Family Law Practice2009
South Carolina Bar: Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners"South Carolina Supreme Court Broadens Excited Utterance Exception: How to Utilize Ruling in Family Court Cases"2007
Legal Education Institute National CLE Conference, Family Law Section"Time Maps: How to Effectively Use This Software in Court"2007
Legal Education Institute National CLE Conference, Family Law Section"How to Convince Your Judge to Allow the Introduction of a Child's Out-of-Court Statement in Private Custody/Visitation Disputes"2007
South Carolina Bar: Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners"Intrinsic and Extrinsic Fraud: How does the difference affect your Family Court Case"2006
South Carolina Bar Annual Meeting, Technology Committee"Using TimeMap Software to Successfully Gather Information From Clients & When Presenting Evidence in Court"2006
South Carolina Bar: Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners"Homeland Security Act's Impact on Family Law Cases"2005
South Carolina Bar Sidebar Online CLE Video Series"An Update of 2005's Family Law Cases"2005
South Carolina Bar Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners"Using TimeMap Software to Successfully Meet with Clients and While Trying Complex Cases"2005
South Carolina Bar Seminars Direct Videotape Program"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Family Law Websites"2004
South Carolina Bar Advanced Family Law Seminar"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Family Law Websites"2004
ABA Family Law Section Spring Meeting"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Family Law Websites"2004
South Carolina Bar: Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners"Judicial Estoppel: You Can't Have It Both Ways"2003
South Carolina Bar: Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners"Sealing the Record"2003
South Carolina Bar & University of South Carolina School of Law"Secret Settlements in Family Law Practice"2003
South Carolina Bar: Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners"UIFSA Refresher"2002
South Carolina Bar: Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners"COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite Your Client or You"2002
South Carolina Bar: Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners"Basic Business Violation Overview for Domestic Attorneys"2001
South Carolina Bar: Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners"Mindmaps- Great Software for the Family Law Practitioner"2001
South Carolina Bar: Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners"Using the Child Support Guidelines to Your Advantage"2000
Charleston County Bar Family Law Section CLE"Devising Creative Visitation Schedules"1999
South Carolina Bar: Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner"The Ethics of Representing More Than One Person: Conflicts of Interest Under Rules of Professional Conduct"1998