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Melissa Marie Denton

Melissa Marie Denton

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Child Support

Melissa Denton

About Me

I've practiced family law in Thurston County since 1990 and absolutely love doing it. My favorite part of this work is creatively and compassionately helping clients find a way through divorce or child custody/support issues with the least emotional and financial damage. Much of my practice is aimed at people who really don't want to destroy the other side or themselves. We work together to resolve the legal issues so you can get back to the better parts of your life with a healthy structure from whatever family law issue you have had to encounter.

 In August 2008, I launched a new business, Advantage Denton Inc, which researched and finds the Right Lawyer for any person (anywhere).  See for a lot more information. 

Also see to learn about my law firm.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Family: 50%
    25 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    25 years
  3. Child Support: 15%
    25 years
  4. Child Custody: 15%
    25 years



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

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    I thoroughly endorse this lawyer's work. I have been a partner to Melissa for over 15 years, and although I am now in a semi-retired status with our firm (Ascher & Denton, PLLC) I continue to take cases on an Of Counsel basis. Melissa and I continue to consult with each other on our respective cases on a virtually daily basis. I have dealt with many Washington lawyers in my career, and I consider her among a select number who combine very high levels of integrity, competence and compassion. Otherwise, of course, I would not have chosen to ally myself with her in our legal partnership!


    James Ascher Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Joshua Nihan Foreman

    It is a pleasure to endorse Melissa Denton, who is one of the smartest family law attorneys in Washington State. Her firm is in Olympia and she practices in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties. In addition to over 20 years of experience at the trial court level, she represented the Appellant in the important Marriage of Rideout case at the Court of Appeals. Melissa is a leader in dragging lawyers into the 21st century; she offers unbundled legal services (meaning you do some of the work and so save some money), flat fees (no "sticker shock" when you get your bill), and she's the Denton of Advantage Denton (a company that will help you find the right lawyer for you). There's a reason why people say "you need a smart lawyer," and Melissa Denton is a very smart lawyer!


    Joshua Foreman Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ascher & Denton, PLLC

2401 Bristol Ct. SW # A-101
Olympia, WA, 98502



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best StartupStartup Weekend2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CEOAdvantage Denton2008 - Present
PartnerAscher & Denton, PLLC1991 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Troy Fisher Legal Defense TeamVolunteer Legal Publicist2012 - Present
The Olympia Free ClinicGeneral Legal Counsel2011 - Present
Olympia Unitarian Universalist CongregationBoard Member, VP, President2004 - 2008
Sound Collaborationmember2004 - Present
City of Tumwater Planning CommissionBoard Member1996 - 1999
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division BoardBoard Member1993 - 1995
Thurston County Young Lawyers AssociationPresident1992 - 1994
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Marriage of Rideout, 150 Wn.2d 337, 352-53, 77 P.3d 1174 (2003)WA Supreme Court ruling on Contempt in Parenting

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Publication NameTitleDate
AdvantageDenton.comMany Cost Effective Ways to Use Lawyers2008
AscherDenton.comOur Philosophy2003

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of OklahomaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law SectionOne Lawyer - where one attorney helps both parties with advice to settle2010