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Melissa Jane Avery

Melissa Jane Avery

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation

About Me

 


Melissa Avery is Of Counsel with the law firm Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C. in Indianapolis, Indiana, a practice limited to Family Law & Immigration. She is a certified family law specialist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Avery has been listed as an Indiana Super Lawyer since 2005 and as one of Indiana’s Top 25 Female Lawyers since 2007 by Law and Politics Magazine.


 


Ms. Avery has served as the American Bar Association Family Law Section CLE Co-Chair since 2001, on the Section Council since 2005, and chaired the marital property committee from 2007 to 2010.


 


Ms. Avery is Past Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Family Law Section Chair and was a member of the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2011. She is also currently a member of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


 


Ms. Avery is a graduate of Ohio University (B.S.) and Capital University Law and Graduate School (JD).


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    21 years
  2. Family: 50%
    21 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

    An outstanding lawyer, with an outstanding national reputation.

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    Richard Gould-Saltman Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ronald W. Nelson

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Ronald Nelson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

Broyles Kight & Ricafort, PC

8250 Haverstick Rd.
Suite 100
Indianpolis, IN, 46240

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
INActive In Good Standing199708/30/2015
OHInactive199408/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 50 Lawyers in IndianaSuper Lawyers-Indianapolis Monthly Magazine2008
Top 25 Women Lawyers in IndianaSuper Lawyers - Indianapolis Monthly Magazine2007
FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2006
Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers - Indianapolis Monthly Magazine2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselBroyles Kight & Ricafort, PC2013 - Present
PartnerAvery & Cheerva LLP2003 - Present
AssociatePhelps & Fara1998 - 2003
AssociateTerry L. Thomas LPA1994 - 1998

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersBoard of Governors2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning CommitteeChair2011 - 2012
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Marital Property CommiteeChair2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionCLE Co-Chair2011 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law SectionChair2011 - 2013
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Families Matter CommiteeMember2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE CommitteeMember2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionCouncil Member2005 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law SectionCouncil Member2005 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, Judicial Improvement CommitteeCo-chair2002 - 2004
Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair2002 - 2002
Indiana State Bar FoundationFellow2002 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, House of DelegatesDelegate2001 - Present
Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee Member1999 - 2007

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Family Matters, Newsletter of the Indiana State Bar Associatin Family and Juvenile Law SectionA View From the Chair2012
Res Gestae (Indiana State Bar Association)The Marital Residence and Other Black Holes: Dealing with Real Estate in Divorce2009
Indiana LawyerHot Topics in Custody and Parenting Time2007
America Bar Association, Family Law Section, On-Line Resource CenterMarital Property in Indiana2006

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolN/Alaw1994
Ohio UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBS - Bachelor of Science1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationHey 19! How Changes to the Emancipation Age Will Effect Child Support In Indiana2012
Bench Bar ConferenceNot With My Stuff, Hot Issues With The Modern Family2012
Continuing Legal EducationDeveloping Skills in the Practice of Family Law2011
National Forensic Accounting ConferenceHot Topics in Family Law2010
National Forensic Accounting ConferenceMachiavellian Negotiation and Mediation Techniques2009
Bench/Bar MeetingHow Are Current Economic Conditions Affecting Dissolution Cases?2009
Annual MeetingHot Tips From Family Law Experts2009
Continuing Legal EducationAdvanced Family Law2008