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Melody Suzanne Swilling

Divorce and separation Attorney at Roswell, GA

4.4   20 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

Location

Swilling Family Law Firm, LLC
11115 Houze Road
Suite 100
Roswell, GA, 30076

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Matt | September 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I wasn't sure where to start in the process but I'm glad I reached out to Melody. I recommend her services for anyone going through the divorce process. I received consistent communication from the team and we were able to navigate the settlement effectively and with an efficient timeline.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great team!
I highly recommend Swilling Family Law Firm. I was working with an other attorney before hiring them but I was not pleased with the way the previous attorney was handling my case. She recommended Melody to me and as soon as I had my first zoom interview I knew that she was going to help me to finalize my case. It was a real pleasure working with Melody and her team. Her assistants are very dedicated and always came back pretty quickly to me. Melody is kind and compassionate but very smart, knowledgable and determined at the same time. Going through divorce is a painful process and finding a good team who can help you to navigate through it is Priceless.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Where do I start?
Melody is very knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn't have known where to start with my case without her! She takes her time and interacts with your experience followed by sound advice. I would not hesitate to send any of my family and friends to her services. She is a gem in the community.
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Night and Day
After experiencing an attorney that did very little for my case I retained Melody in hopes that she would be more communicative with me and more aggressive on my behalf. Melody exceeded my expectations. She spent a good amount of time and effort wrangling t information needed from the opposition before guiding me through a 7 hour mediation. Melody was honest and caring. She was comfortable with financials, and pushed back opposing counsel when appropriate. In the end I was very happy with the outcome and will recommend her as a caring and competent divorce attorney.
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Posted by Jen Gaines | June 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Creative, dedicated, and tenacious.
Melody was my attorney for a very difficult, long and winding road towards resolution. She was incredibly creative with finding the next step when other attorneys would have called it done. Because of her, I have my son back in my life. I am forever grateful for her dedication.
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient and Helpful During Uncertain Time
When I needed a divorce attorney I did not know who to contact. I searched for someone in my area of town and Melody Swilling’s firm appeared. I was immediately contacted after making an online inquiry which impressed me. Within a couple days I had a consultation with Melody and during that conversation I knew I would hire her for my divorce. She and her staff were very thorough and answered all my many questions. I was able to obtain my divorce within a few months. I would recommend this firm.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable & Compassionate!
Melody was always prepared and ready to answer my many questions. My divorce didn’t start off contentious, however from the very beginning she prepared me mentally that it probably would go in that direction, she was right, unfortunately it did. No matter how trying or unbearable things got, Melody and her team walked me through the very difficult divorce process and assured me that every concern I had she would address and offer advice based on my best interest. The entire process was emotionally taxing and mentally draining but she helped me navigate through it all. I’m grateful for her professionalism, expertise, care, and compassion she has shown me during this chapter in my life.
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Posted by Teresa | July 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She gave me my life back!
There aren't enough words to express how thankful I am for Melody Swilling and her fantastic representation on my case! I was panicking when I contacted Melody because my whole life was being turned upside down by a false accusation. Melody heard my story and immediately said the words I needed to hear to me at ease (to paraphrase, it went something like "I got this."). I know she gets paid to passionately defend her clients, but it appeared that Melody had personally taken on my fight. Melody made me feel as if she saw the injustice and was determined to right the wrong. I never felt like I was just a client/number. I could always reach her or her paralegal, Loddie. Someone always answered my phone calls or returned my emails (and there were many in my panicked state). I give Melody (and her team) a 10. In the courtroom, Melody was a pit bull! Don't be fooled by her calm and pleasant personality, or you might underestimate her fire in the courtroom! She was confident and highly skilled. I had no doubt that my case would be won after seeing her "go to work" in the courtroom. Melody not only won my case, but she also won several concessions that acknowledged the frivolous nature of my case. I am so thankful for Melody Swilling. She gave me my life back!
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Posted by Maninder | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks for all the help!
Melody is not only a superior attorney, She and the members of her firm have a unique ability to “connect the dots” between the client, the disputes and the family legal quagmire. My divorce, while unique and emotional, was navigated by Melody and her staff with vigor, expertise and they provided a necessary calming effect. Melody’s ability to maintain relationships with all parties involved, while keeping the best interests of her client is exemplar. My divorce required an attorney that could wade through the muddy waters of emotion and see the nuanced realities and their relationship to the legal process. She brought all of it back down to earth. My divorce included unique filings, Child and a long difficult legal road ahead with lots of lies and allegations from spouse. Wish and pray nobody falls in my shoes but if you did and can afford and ready to bring the truth, this is the right firm.
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Posted by Chrissy | January 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard Time Made Easier
Melody and her entire staff made a very emotional divorce easier. She was professional while also being a caring advocate for me. She listened and understood what things were very important and fought to get them for me. At all times I knew that she'd be available for me via phone or quick email and that every issue would be resolved. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by Melanie | January 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I highly recommend Attorney Melody Swilling and the firm of Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor. My divorce was an uneventful and quick process, but I knew she would be my strongest advocate if the situation changed. Melody and her staff are professional and responsive. I love that we were able to handle almost everything online, from random questions to approvals and billing. Melody and team eliminated the drama expected in a divorce agreement and helped make this process a very positive one for me.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Attorney Swilling and her staff were very instrumental in helping me to get my divorced finalized. Attorney Swilling and her staff was always very professional and understanding, and really worked with me step by step. There should be more law firms likes this that really cares about their client. Thanks! To Stern-Montgomery and Attorney Swilling for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Family Law
We are delighted to share our experience with Ms. Melody Swilling. We found her to be a welcoming professional, and very knowledgable in her field. The discussion was frank and to the point. She was truly helpful to us. We would certainly recommend Ms. Swilling and her law firm to others, if needed, in the future.
Posted by Robert | December 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job. Very thoughful and smart
I was in a very tough case. Not a strong position to say the least. Melody was a very strong advocate for me, and never wavered. This is not a cheap law firm, but she did her best to keep the expenses down, as I had limited resources. At the end of the day, we won, and it was thanks in large part to the solid work of Melody Swilling.
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Posted by LaSonya | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Lawyer
I was very pleased with Melody and her staff, they are very proficient and professional. I will highly recommend her in the future. I will give her a ten plus in all areas. She's very knowledgeable and guides you through the process with ease and will reassure you of any uncertainties. She's awesome!
Posted by Leslie | June 13, 2013
My review of Melody Swilling (from Hait, Eichelzer, & Kuhn) regarding my divorce.
I went to Hait, Eichelzer & Kuhn to file for divorce. At first I just wanted counsel about divorce and the process. I met with Lizz Kuhn in the beginning of the process then Melody Swilling stepped in as Lizz had a baby. She was able to come into the process as if I had been working with her the whole time. Melody was always very friendly and professional. She helped me with Mediation and in the final court hearing following through till the divorce was final. Melody was very knowledgeable and during the mediation process she really looked out for me and what was best for the children. She drafted the settlement papers and was very through. She was available to make changes as needed until a final settlement had been reached. She put me at ease during the final hearing and was able to make last minute changes that day. I left the process feeling protected and am not worried about my future concerning the divorce as everything was spelled out in the settlement agreement. I am very grateful to this law firm. I have and will recommend Melody.
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Posted by Rita | April 24, 2013
Very trustworthy and honest
I retained Hait, Eichelzer & Kuhn to handle my divorce. It was a very good expierence. I was very pleased with the instant response to questions by phone or emails. It took longer than I anticipated to settle, but I was told up front that it could take about a year. It was at no fault of theirs, between the Sheriff's office dropping the ball at the beginning, the oppossing council taking all kinds of time off for one reason or another and various other delay tactics, we stood strong and reached a settlement. I met Melody at my free consultation. She urged me to try and talk things out with my then husband, and to let her know if i wanted to proceed. I was greatfull for her honesty. She headed up my medieation and was very strong. I was very Pleased with the outcome. I was very comfortable with their invoicing policy. After the initial retainer I was only billed for the work completed each month. My bill was higher than I expected, but again, that was due to the oppossing council's motions, phone calls and emails. Their are circumstances that you do not have any control of. I found Melody to be very aware of all phases of my case. Melody and the entire office are very honest and friendly. I will use Hait, Eichelzer & Kuhn again if need be.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not a good lawyer
My lawyer failed to work on my case correctly. All she did was charge me a bunch of money. I ended up having to fire her from my case and then still had the nerve to tell me I still owed her money! She refused to give me both my binders back (of the evidence that she asked for and did NOT use at all). I do not recommend her as your lawyer!!
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Response from Melody Swilling July 27, 2020
Thank you for your feedback. I would suggest that you contact that former law firm to obtain a copy of your file and any billing questions as those decisions would have come from management and are one of many reasons I founded SFL to work more closely on client goals and ensuring clients understand their billing. As for trial strategy, I always welcome sitting down with a client post-trial to discuss any questions. Please feel free to email me directly so that we may resolve any lingering questions.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recommend seeking a different attorney.
This supposed professional woman is not very professional. She does not seem to communicate well and intimidates easily leaving a client questioning her actions and competencey.
Response from Melody Swilling July 8, 2020
I appreciate that the attorney client relationship is an important one to maintain. I certainly welcome a discussion in my office with you to address any concerns you may have regarding the strategies and decisions made in your case.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2013
DO NOT HIRE!!
Very bad experience. I had to hire another attorney to get a resolution in my case. I spent over 10 months and have a bill in excess of $16,000 with this firm with no end in sight. My new attorney was able to get my case in front of a judge and a decision within 6wks! Do not make the mistake I made and hire this firm, HAIT, Eichelzer, and Kuhn. Make sure you check references from other clients before you hire anyone!!
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Response from Melody Swilling July 8, 2020
Ethical billing is an important part of any law firm, which is why I am happy to announce that I personally left the firm complained about in 2015 and now have opened my own law firm to ensure that my client's hard earned funds are ethically and efficiently used, with the client fully aware of the case strategy and any delay issues along the way.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Millard Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present

Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • N/A

Associations

  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (2)
Endorse Melody
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Melody as opposing counsel on a couple of cases. She is always professional and kind. Although she always zealously advocates her client's position, she is always courteous and gracious. I look forward to working with her on other cases in the future."
Divorce and separation

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Roswell Divorce and separation Lawyer Melody Suzanne Swilling
Melody Suzanne Swilling
Divorce and separation Attorney
Roswell, GA
Licensed for 15 years
Virtual consultation available