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 AdvantageDenton.com for a lot more information.
Also see AscherDenton.com to learn about my law firm.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1989
Cash, Check, Credit Card
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
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
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Startup||Startup Weekend||2010|
|CEO||Advantage Denton||2008 - Present|
|Partner||Ascher & Denton, PLLC||1991 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Troy Fisher Legal Defense Team||Volunteer Legal Publicist||2012 - Present|
|The Olympia Free Clinic||General Legal Counsel||2011 - Present|
|Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation||Board Member, VP, President||2004 - 2008|
|Sound Collaboration||member||2004 - Present|
|City of Tumwater Planning Commission||Board Member||1996 - 1999|
|Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Board||Board Member||1993 - 1995|
|Thurston County Young Lawyers Association||President||1992 - 1994|
|Thurston County Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|University of Oklahoma College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Oklahoma||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section||One Lawyer - where one attorney helps both parties with advice to settle||2010|