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Melissa M. Braatz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Cranston, RI

4.4   10 reviews

also known as Law Office of Melissa M. Braatz, Melissa M. Braatz Law Firm

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Melissa

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Melissa has handled thousands of legal matters throughout Rhode Island. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, sits as Communication Chairperson for the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. 

Melissa is a graduate of Salve Regina University where she earned her bachelor of arts and New England School of Law where she earned her juris doctorate. While a law student, Melissa was selected to compete as a member of the school's prominent mock trial team. She was also one of four from her law school selected to work with the New England Innocence Project in 2009/2010.

Melissa understands that most people will need a lawyer at some point in their lives. She recognizes that her clients are usually going through a difficult time and she provides the compassion, respect and strong work ethic they deserve to help them reach their goals. She uses her knowledge and experience to get the best result for her clients, in every case.

Attorney Melissa M. Braatz is licensed to practice in all state courts of Rhode Island as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Melissa practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, estate planning and personal injury.

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Law Office of Melissa M. Braatz
1000 Chapel View Blvd
Suite 260
Cranston, RI, 02920
Law Office of Melissa M. Braatz
300 Centerville Road
Suite 300
Warwick, RI, 02886
Law Office of Melissa M. Braatz
127 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI, 02903
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4.4 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by Cara | March 14, 2024
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Great attorney and is by your side every step of the way
Melissa has been nothing short of amazing through my difficult case. She takes her time to make sure you understand exactly what is going on each step of the way. She listens to you and answers all of your questions. My case was a bit more complex and throughout the years of back and forth battles, I wish I found Melissa sooner. I was consumed with stress, anxiety and all of the unknowns. Melissa was able to bring down all of my emotions and come up with a plan together. We worked as a team to get to an end result. Melissa is not afraid of a challenge, or an argument and she will fight for you. I’ve seen it firsthand. The effort and dedication that she has put into my case is incredible. I’ve never experienced this before with any other attorney. She is truly passionate about her clients and her work ethic does not go unnoticed. I would highly recommend Melissa for anyone who is in need of a family court lawyer. Thank you Melissa for everything!
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2020
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Melissa is Top Notch!
Found myself with an issue that required legal representation and reached out to Melissa's office, within an hour I had a call back and consultation setup. From the very first moment I met Melissa to start reviewing my issue it was very obvious that she was not only capable of handling my case but would make sure that all areas of it were handled in a diligent and professional manner. Melissa was persistent, meticulous and so patient and I am so grateful to have found her. She truly stayed on top of every detail and made a terrible situation much less stressful knowing she was on my side.
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Posted by Hope | April 26, 2020
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6 years ago I hade Ms. Braatz as my public defender out of Washington County. She helped me not only win both of my cases but because of her the state expundged it all two weeks after my final court date. I'd recommend her to anyone
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2019
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Simply the best
I recently got divorced. I was devastated and beside myself when I was served by a Constable, It one of the hardest experiences in my life but Attorney Braatz was my savior from day one. From the initial consultation to post divorce she was there for me. It didn’t matter what time of day it was. Whenever I reached out to her or her staff I had answers to my concerns within minutes. I truly felt like she was in my corner. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2018
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Defending a good kid
Melissa took our case on a holiday weekend and availed herself to defend my son within hours of contacting her. She took the time to explain all the potential ramifications to us and provided all the insightful wisdom we could have hoped for. This is the attorney you want in your corner.
Posted by Alyssa | April 21, 2017
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I highly recommend Melissa Braatz, she is an amazing lawyer!
While going through the most difficult time in my life Melissa’s counsel was invaluable. I was facing a felony charge and jail time for a crime I was falsely accused of committing. We both understood it was going to be a lengthy uphill battle, but Melissa showed nothing but confidence in my case from our first meeting. I felt protected by Melissa; she has a profound knowledge of the law and the processes of the RI court system. She always took the time to explain every step of that process to me and answer all the questions I had throughout the case. During my case and trial, Melissa kept in constant contact with me, and she prepared me for the battle ahead. Being on trial was not easy, but Melissa was amazing. She took on my fight as if it was her own, and she knew every aspect of my case like the back of her hand. Having to testify in my defense was by far hardest thing I had ever done in my life, but Melissa gave me the confidence to be able to get through it. Finally, when we heard the jury foreman read the not guilty verdict we were both so relieved that this long, nine month journey had come to an end. It was truly a blessing to have Melissa as my lawyer; I had complete trust and faith in her, and her abilities. She was empathetic and caring throughout the entire process, and her dedication to my case was incredible. Melissa is a person that I will always admire and look up to, she saved my future and gave me my life back. For that I am, and always will be truly grateful. Thank you again Melissa! Sincerely, Alyssa C.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2017
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Satisfied !!!!!!
My experience with Melissa was excellent. She always treated me with courtesy, spent a lot of time listening, and genuinely cared. I would highly recommend her to anyone! Maureen
Posted by Amanda Valentino | April 20, 2017
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Experienced Attorney
Melissa is a dedicated and zealous advocate for her clients and I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Melissa represented me then was unresponsive. I attempted to contact her and her assistant with questions but never heard back. There are many great attorneys around. I would go with someone else.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Look Elsewhere
During the entire divorce process I did not feel confident or comfortable in the effort she put forth. I felt as though I was the only one being proactive in resolving issues and securing a stable future for myself post-divorce. I was made to feel as though my issues were an inconvenience to her. There’s plenty of other lawyers out there who will give the care and effort in an appropriate manner.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Melissa M. Braatz
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Albin Moser, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2012


  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Salve Regina University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Restraining Order
  • Restraining Order Granted
  • Divorce
  • Amicable Divorce Finalized


  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Communications Chairperson
  • 2017 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Professional Excellence in Law
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
  • 2020
  • Professional Excellence in Law
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Melissa
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would trust her with any criminal case or family court case. She is an ace in court. I have always been impressed by her."
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Attorney Braatz on several past and existing matters the Family Court. Her attention to detail, knowledge of the law, and ability to communicate with her clients is top of the class."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a knowledgeable attorney and will zealously fight for your rights. I enthusiastically recommend her for all of your needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Melissa for over five years, and I can attest that she is one-hundred percent passionate about her work. She is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom - she does not back down from a challenge! At the same time, she is compassionate, caring, and a patient listener. Whether you are struggling with a divorce, an accident, or an arrest, Melissa Braatz is is an excellent person to have on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is a driven fighter, a compassionate advocate, and highly intelligent. All these characteristics make her an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa has great experience and passion for the practice of law."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you're going through a difficult time, there is no one you'd rather have by your side than Melissa. She is compassionate, calm and always ready to fight for what's fair. I highly recommend Attorney Melissa Braatz."
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Cranston Divorce and separation Lawyer Melissa M. Braatz
Melissa M. Braatz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Cranston, RI
Licensed for 13 years