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My practice centers on representing people in domestic relations and juvenile court matters, for issues such as termination of marriage by divorce or dissolution, child support, spousal support, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities and parenting time, including matters for people who have never married but have children and property together. I also provide services for people who are not yet permitted to marry but have a lasting partnership by providing documents such as powers of attorney for health care, partnership agreements, wills and other estate-planning documents.

I practice law as a solo in Akron, Ohio, serving clients in "real people" life situations, seeking to make bad situations a little better for them. It is draining and demanding work, which sometimes makes me rethink that whole life plan thing, but sometimes a client will write something very uplifting and affirming as this one recently did: <<Thank you for all your help, but primarily for your willingness to listen, that meant so much to me.>>

That will keep me going for a while now. Smile.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
    32 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    32 years
  3. Child Support: 15%
    32 years
  4. Child Custody: 15%
    32 years
  5. Marriage & Prenuptials: 5%
    32 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Evan Rosenberg

    Melissa is an excellent attorney that is well-respected in the legal community.


    Robert Rosenberg Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Michael Arthur Boske

    Melissa is a great lawyer that works hard for her clients!


    Michael Boske Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact info

333 South Main St., #301
Akron, OH, 44308-1225


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Inclusion in Listings Family LawOhio Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyersOhio Super Lawyers2012
Inclusion in 2011 listings Family LawOhio Super Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMelissa Graham-Hurd, Esq.1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Akron Bar FoundationMember2013 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2010 - 2012
Ohio Women's Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Stark County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Ohio State Bar FoundationMember2003 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationChair - Family Law Committee2002 - 2004
Akron Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair1993 - 1994
Akron Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Domestic Relations Journal of OhioSocial Networking Websites2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Akron School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of Akron School of LawEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
University of Akron School of LawFrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seminar for Family Relations SpecialistsReal Estate Separate and Marital Property2012
Bernard Rosen SeminarCaselaw Update2009
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersOhio Spousal Support Law2006
Family Law SectionOhio Family Law Legislation2005