Melissa L. Sams attended High Point University in 1993 and graduated Cum Laude in 1997. In 2000 she obtained her law degree from Campbell Law School. Melissa Sams limits her practice to family law, parenting coordination, Guardian Ad Litem (court approved investigator) and special proceedings.
Melissa Sams has been in practice since 2001. She served the Guardian Ad Litem program in 2005 and 2006 as an Attorney Advocate for abused and neglected children in addition to her active family law practice. She is the co-founder of the Parenting Coordinator group of Guilford County and has been on the Court approved Parenting Coordinator list since 2006. In April of 2007, she opened Sams Law Firm, PC. In 2012, Melissa Sams revised the domestic violence section of the North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims Deskbook, 3rd Edition.
Melissa Sams has been an educator for “Parenting Under 2 Roofs” through the Children’s Home Society on multiple occasions. She also volunteers for Court Watch, NC and is an instructor for their course, “2Families Now,” a class that teaches co-parenting skills and is required if pursuing custody litigation. She has also been a guest speaker for the Knights of Columbus, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Dahlgren Elementary School, Wallburg Elementary School and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at High Point University. She is Certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health for mental health first aid for adults and children.
Melissa Sams led her committee, through the High Point Bar Association, in the completion of two child visitation rooms at the Department of Social Services in Guilford County. In 2017 Melissa was inducted into the High Point Literary League. She has been a consistent volunteer over the past several years as a juror in the high school mock trial competition in High Point, and she is also the Facebook administrator for the High Point Bar Association. Melissa Sams is actively involved in the High Point Guild of Family Services of the Piedmont and the president of the Board of Trustees for The Piedmont School in High Point; a school for children with learning differences.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|N.C.A.T.L. Advocacy Award||N.C.A.T.L.||2000|
|Associate Attorney||Nixon & Associates||2002 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The Piedmont School||Chairman||2018 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|The Family Service Guild of High Point||Past Treasurer||2016 - 2018|
|Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|High Point University||N/A||1997|
|High Point University English Department||Writing in Professional Environments||2018|
|GAL guest speaker||Custody and the legal impact on DSS cases||2007|
|Wills||Wills and Simple Estate Planning||2006|
|AVID||Steps taken to become a lawyer||2006|
|Guest speaker for Drug and alcohol lecture||Current laws on drugs and alcohol||2005|
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