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Melissa Leavister Exline

Melissa Leavister Exline

Practice areas:

Family, Estate Planning, Guardianship

About Me

     Melissa L. Exline, Esq. joined Surratt Law in September 2008. At that time, Melissa shifted her focus from representing business and property owners in civil matters, to focusing on family law and estate planning. Why these areas of law? Because helping people put their best foot forward before the Court in a divorce or custody case can have a lasting impact on a person and family. Melissa is willing to take on a unique case with difficult issues and help her client's navigate the legal process. Providing estate planning services for clients is a natural extension our work at Surratt Law by making sure all of a client's needs are met.

     Melissa is admitted to practice in Nevada and California. She earned her dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Nevada. Ms. Exline received her J.D. from Golden Gate University, School of Law. She was author and associate editor for the Golden Gate University Law Review. Her prior legal expertise includes working at the U.S. Department of Labor. Melissa has a broad spectrum of experience. She brings her experience to the table to represent client needs using her background in consumer product law, employment law, construction defect litigation and general tort liability. Whenever possible, Melissa prefers to work with families to resolve conflict, with a cost effective, practical and no-nonsense approach.

     Melissa is a member of the State Bar of Nevada (Family Law Section Member), State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, and Washoe County Bar Association.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Family: 60%
    7 years
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    6 years
  3. Guardianship: 5%
    7 years



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Wrongful Death Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eric Albert Pulver

    Melissa Exline is an excellent lawyer. She is reasonable in resolving cases. In addition, Ms. Exline and I litigated cases against each other. She was a prepared, thorough and tough litigator.


    Eric Pulver Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

3705 Lakeside Drive
Reno, NV, 89509



NVAttorney Active200302/23/2013

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal EliteNevada Business Magazine2014
Legal EliteNevada Business Magazine2013
Legal Elite Top 75 AttorneysNevada Business Magazine2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneySurratt Law Practice, PC2008 - Present
AssociatePerry and Spann, PC2003 - 2008
Pension Benefit AssociateUS Dept. of Labor2001 - 2002


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Nevada, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Washoe County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Golden Key National Honor SocietyMember1998 - 1999

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Gregory v. Gregory, 281 P.3d 1178 (Nev. 2009)Decree Affirmed

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Publication NameTitleDate
Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 2001, Forum on Law & Social ChangeAuthor, "Ambiguity Equals Authority: The Immigration and Naturalization Service's Response in the Elian Gonzalez Case,"2001


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Univ of NevadaPolitics and PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Nevada Family Law ConferenceGuardianship - Paralegal Track2015
CLE Reno and Las VegasMinor's Guardianship Litigation2013
BNI Noon NetworkersEstate Planning2011