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Melissa Larsen

Criminal defense Attorney at North Kingstown, RI

4.9   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor, experienced in all areas of criminal defense (felonies and misdemeanors) including DUI, Refusals, Domestic Assault, Simple Assault, Felony Assault, Murder, Child Pornography, Drug Possession, Drug Sales, Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records, Theft, Juvenile Law, Marijuana Possession, Marijuana Sales, Rape, Robbery, Sex crimes and Tax Evasion

    21 years

  2. Family
    Divorce, Adoption, Child Custody, Support and Visitation Orders

    14 years

  3. Personal injury
    Auto Accidents and Negligence Claims

    14 years

  4. Other

     Melissa Larsen is an experienced trial attorney and former Rhode Island state prosecutor who brings over a decade of experience in criminal and family law and financial planning to her practice, offering you result-driven representation for your legal issues. 
     Attorney Larsen has a general law practice with a principal focus of criminal defense. She offers experienced representation in all types of criminal cases and brings a wealth of experience from her work as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Rhode Island to provide you with the best defense possible. 


Melissa Larsen
1130 Ten Rod Road
Unit A-103
North Kingstown, RI, 02852

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  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Mike | December 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Punctual, professional, definitely the best I’ve dealt with so far! Will definitely be going with Melissa through more upcoming events!
Posted by Vlad | April 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawer!
Highly recommending attorney Larsen if you are in trouble with South County police. I had several traffic and district court charges that attorney Larsen helped dismissed. The outcome was better than what I have hoped for. I hope I will never need her help again, but if I do I know a top notch attorney! In addition to knowing her stuff attorney Larsen also does not nickel and dime for every single thing. Her quote was based on outcome she expected based on the facts of the case and she did not charge me any more for getting the case settled on better termed than initially expected. She worked hard and I am grateful to her for being on my side. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent, Highly Professional, Fair and HONEST
Ms. Larsen's analytical ability and years of experience enable her to provide thoughtful, thorough, and, most importantly, practical legal advice regarding a wide variety of benefit law issues. She listens carefully to client questions and comments and she responds quickly and clearly with analysis and advice aimed directly at the issue. I have worked with Ms. Larsen for five years and have never been disappointed in any aspect of her work. Her clients and colleagues have the utmost respect for her as she treats anyone she encounters with the utmost respect.
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Posted by DUI Client | June 12, 2014
Truly Exceptional lawyer
Hiring Melissa to represent me was easily the best decision I made this year. She is a very knowledgeable, professional, and personable lawyer that truly goes above and beyond for her clients. I would 100% recommend her as a lawyer.
Posted by Nick | September 22, 2013
Probate Administration Review
Melissa handled the administration of a contentious probate estate with great patience and care. She kept the parties informed and was a consummate professional. I would recommend her for matters related to probate, wills, and administration.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2013
Recommendation for Attorney Melissa Larsen
Attorney Melissa Larsen was recommended to me as a true professional who offered fair and honest legal advice. I found her to be a trustworthy counsel. I highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by Terry | September 11, 2013
Very helpful
Melissa helped me out with a contract issue and was extremely helpful on getting me the answers I needed
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2013
Excellent and Trustworthy Attorney who has your back!
Melissa is an exceptional attorney. Highly professional, knowledgeable, and I trust her with my life. I was very impressed at her strategic insight in preparing for my case and I highly recommend her for any legal needs. She also cares about her clients and wants to fight for them.
Posted by Rob | April 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consice Advice
Her advice relating to my situation was very beneficial. I had absolutely no legal experience and was likely to do/ say something that could have hurt the outcome of my case. In fact, my case never made it through the grand jury. Her knowledge of the law and the process was exceptional. I'm thankful she spoke with me on terms that I could understand. She truly has the experience to win difficult cases.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Melissa Larsen, Esq.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Special Assistant Attorney General
  • Rhode Island Department Of Attorney General
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Fiduciary Officer
  • Bank Of America
  • 1998 - 2003


  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Rhode Island
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • Cranston High School East
  • HS Diploma
  • 1991


  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Laywers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Criminal Law Bench/Bar Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Melissa
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is a former co-worker of mine. She is a tenacious and talented trial lawyer with diverse experience and excellent personal contacts. I work in tandem with Melissa on matters that require persistence and attention to detail. She is a proven winner in the trial context and a tough but diplomatic negotiator. I trust and recommend Melissa for any legal matter!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Attorney Larsen for any/all criminal defense matters. She is thorough and prepared, dedicated and committed, and she is a fighter. If you are looking for an attorney who will truly defend you, call Melissa today!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an aggressive and savvy attorney. Her clients receive excellent advice at every step of the legal process. She works diligently to provide her clients with the best possible outcome. I would recommend her to anyone facing any legal issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I would highly recommend Melissa Larsen as a criminal defense lawyer. She and I worked as co-counsel on a major federal criminal case in the Federal District Court in Providence. She is highly skilled and looked up to by both the judiciary (both the state and federal bench) and her peers. You would be very well served to retain her as your counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa is an excellent criminal defense lawyer in Rhode Island. I would highly recommend her if you are charged with refusing a breath test or with DUI. She is very experienced and is one of the top defense lawyers in RI. You should talk to her if you face a DUI charge in Rhode island."
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North Kingstown Criminal defense Lawyer Melissa Larsen
Melissa Larsen
Criminal defense Attorney
North Kingstown, RI
Licensed for 24 years