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Melanie D. Fenwick Thompson

Family Attorney at Snellville, GA

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2004
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Melanie D. Fenwick Thompson is a native of Baltimore, attended Bucknell University and received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Dance.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, since 1994.  After playing Division I basketball at Bucknell for one season, she was then accepted into the dance program.  Melanie worked in corporate America for two years and entered the University of Baltimore, School of Law in 1996.

In 1999, Melanie graduated from law school and accepted a position as an Associate Lawyer with the Law Offices of Monica E. Ewing (“MEE”), an Entertainment Law firm.   Entertainment Law was approximately 95% of MEE’s practice area, which allowed Melanie to gain a wealth of experience in filing trademarks and copyrights, negotiating and drafting recording agreements, producer agreements, management agreements and a host of other entertainment-related agreements.  In January, 2004, Fenwick Thompson & Associates opened in Downtown Decatur and the practice areas were expanded to include Family and Juvenile Law.

Melanie is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, the United States District Court (Northern District of Georgia) and the United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit).  Melanie is also a member of the Entertainment and Family Law sections of the Georgia State Bar and has been a member of these sections for over 13 years years.  She has been trained as a Guardian Ad Litem and has completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Child Advocacy Skills. Melanie participated as a panelist at the attorney training for conflict attorneys and Guardian Ad Litems, “Representing the Child-Client in Deprivation Matters,” and other panels for attorneys and students.

In Family Law related matters, Melanie represents mothers and fathers in highly contested custody, divorce, child support, modifications of exiting Orders and other domestic related matters. As a Juvenile Law Practitioner, Melanie focuses on reunification of families once DHR has removed a child from the home; protecting the rights of parents or legal guardians and children.  In some cases, Melanie has represented grandparents seeking to exercise visitation rights or custody.  Although the outcome in any case can never be guaranteed, Melanie’s commitment to each case is met with sensitivity and legal expertise.

In 2007, Melanie was appointed by Judge Vincent C. Crawford to facilitate and approve new attorneys for the DeKalb County Juvenile Court appointed list.  Melanie is a resource for these new attorneys transitioning into private practice by providing guidance, advice on cases, and law firm management. Melanie served in this role for 5 years.

Melanie has a wealth of legal expertise to offer her clients but she is also personable in her approach to family and entertainment clients.  As a mother, Melanie can relate to personal family issues. As for her personal experience in the entertainment industry, Melanie participated in local fashion runway and hair shows and she was cast as an extra in Baltimore-based television series and movies, “Homicide” and “Hairspray”.   During her years as an Associate Lawyer, Melanie continued modeling and dancing in Atlanta.  Eventually, she was featured in a full page print ad in a nationally recognized hair magazine.

Melanie strives to empower individuals and colleagues through her passion for law and stressing the importance of, “People First”. At Fenwick Thompson & Associates you are not just another client, you’re like family.

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Fenwick Thompson & Associates, LLC
2336 Wisteria Drive
Suite 410
Snellville, GA, 30078

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Posted by Soccora | September 7, 2023
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My daughters will know me because of your representation
Prior to hiring Attorney Melanie Thompson, I made the mistake of hiring a cheap lawyer who cost me way more than money. Because I made the mistake of hiring the wrong lawyer, I had over 3 different judges look at me as a person with no dignity, no integrity, no honor, which almost caused me to lose custody of both my children (ages 1 and 4 months). After hiring Attorney Melanie Thompson, she quickly restored my dignity, integrity, and honor to the judge in court. Not only did she take me on as a new client (while she was on vacation), she showed empathy and offered another viewpoint that gave me hope. I had faith in the process and her wisdom as an experienced lawyer. I’m happy to say I have both my children and grateful that they will know me, their mother, the one who birth and cared for them, all thanks to the hard work Attorney Melanie Thompson and her team did to restore my credibility. I am truly grateful! I got more than hope back, I got my life back! Thank you all again 10 times over!!! If you are in a situation where you need a lawyer, don’t go to the cheap lawyers, they could cost you more than just money, they can cost you your life and your freedom. Hire Attorney Melanie Thompson and her team as they are professional and they will provide you impeccable representation.
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Posted by Mirnouve | August 8, 2023
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Excellent attorney
Attorney Fenwick-Thompson and her staff were amazing and I would highly recommend her to anyone going through a divorce. She is very knowledge, experienced and professional. Her staff was diligent in processing all paperwork and responding to my inquires in a timely manner. I am so happy I had her expertise to help me navigate the divorce process- she managed my expectation, clearly explained the process/details of my case and was always available. Ultimately with guidance of Attorney fenwick- thompson my divorce was finalized in a timely and very favorable manner. You will be in good hands with this firm.
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Posted by Eric | December 31, 2019
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The team at Fenwick Thompson & Associates is knowledgeable and compassionate. Unlike other attorneys, they are responsive and keep me informed about the status of my case. They are technologically advanced, which makes it easy for me to access any information about my case and to communicate with the team. I highly recommend Fenwick Thompson & Associates! You pay for what you get!
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Posted by Starr | December 31, 2019
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Awesome Attorney
Melanie Fenwick Thompson is a consummate professional. She is highly regarded in the legal community. A trusted friend and colleague, I refer all family and entertainment law matters to her.
Posted by DJ Spen / Sean | December 31, 2019
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Owner of Quantize Recordings Inc.
The Fenwick Thompson and Associates Legal Team are excellent attorneys who completely understand entertainment law. They make sure that we are well informed as their clients so that we are equipped to make the best decisions for our business. We can’t imagine working any other firm.
Posted by Rock | December 31, 2019
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Great experience
I am so thankful to come across this team. They broke everything down into simple terms that I could understand and was by my side every step of the way. Thank you.
Posted by Thurna | April 16, 2018
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Above and Beyond my Expectations
I was very fortunate to have the support of Melanie Thompson and her team of efficient Paralegals during my time of stress and need handling my Family Law dispute. My initial consultation was both pleasant and comforting, as I was confident that Melanie would represent me to the fullest extent. I was amazed at the promptness of getting my documents filed and how organized everyone was in compiling tons of information to effectively prepare for my case. Melanie's knowledge and experience especially shined in the courtroom as she argued my case passionately and thoroughly. Not only did Mrs. Thompson's argument convince the Court to not grant the Plaintiff's unreasonable requests, but she was able to get the previous court order modified in my favor as well. I can't say thank you enough to Fenwick Thompson and Associates for providing such a professional and stress free experience during my time of need. I will definitely contact them again to stand by my side should another family dispute arise. I would, without hesitation, recommend anyone to contact Melanie if they need a Family Law expert to represent them.
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Posted by Priscilla | March 29, 2018
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Excellent staff and keeps her word
Having found Attorney Melanie and her staff has been a God sent! Not only did she turn my husbands case around for the good from another firm that was very unprofessional. She was very open and very tentative to the wants and needs in his visitation/custody matter. FTA worked ever so quickly and professionally and kept their word. Our family is so appreciative and grateful of the service FTA provided. Again THANK YOU!!!
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Posted by Douglas | June 29, 2017
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Attorney Review
I was on the verge of losing everything I owned before I hired Melanie Thompson to be my attorney. Other attorneys had turned down my case because they thought it was a lost cause. Because of Melanie and her staff I got to keep my house and much of my possessions. I highly recommend Melanie and her staff. They worked a miracles for me.
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Posted by Jayme | June 26, 2015
Great Results!
I first utilized Fenwick Thompson & Associates nearly 10 years ago for my divorce. I didn't really want the divorce, but it was the best decision for my children and I. Ms. Thompson was patient with me and very informative. Once I was ready to move forward, she was ALL OVER IT and the results were PHENOMENAL! Since then I've referred friends, family and my divorcing clients ( to her for family and criminal law situations. She has provided STELLAR results for them as well. Being a small business owner, I know how important referral business is. Integrity, professionalism, and exceptional customer service are key components to any successful business. This firm provides each of those components to their clients, and because of that I will continue to refer Fenwick Thompson & Associates whenever possible.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2015
FTA really came through for me...
I have FTA to thank, in great part, for landing me in a very good position upon my divorce. I have and will continue to consult this firm for any ongoing family and other legal needs. I highly recommend this firm for anyone seeking to preserve or regain their parental rights.
Posted by Ashley | June 12, 2015
More than I Asked for!
Fenwick Thompson & Associates are an AWESOME, SUPPORTIVE, DETERMINED! VERY PROFESSIONAL team that continually keeps you informed of the progress of your case. The team ALWAYS made me feel comfortable and confident i was being taken care of through a very difficult time in my life. I cannot began to express my gratitude toward this team. Please believe me..... I got MORE than I asked for in this case. What a VICTORY! JUST AMAZING!! Thank you Melanie! and Team!
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Posted by Bobby | June 12, 2015
Exemplary Representation Highly Recommended
For me to leave a review says a lot about the kind of service I received. Melanie D. Fenwick Thompson & Associates have exceeded all expectations. The firm has delivered what they promised and did it without making mistakes. The perfection that I have experienced has raised my level of expectations with everyone I associate. This firm will change your impression of what lawyers do the 1st day that you speak with them. Their consultation is friendly, firm, and informative. Choosing a legal representative just got simple - Melanie D. Fenwick Thompson & Associates. Give them a call and see first hand for yourself - There is no one who can represent you better while keeping you fully informed, giving you the peace of mind that you deserve.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
My Mentor
I worked as Melanie's Senior Paralegal before leaving her firm for a family move to Tennessee. I was fortunate to see on a daily basis exactly what Melanie did for her clients, from intake, to resolution and beyond. Words like compasion, understanding, strength, knowledge, wisdom and patience come directly to mind. I saw first hand how Melanie took ownership in every case, and how every client became part of her family. I saw the countless hours spent producing the very best product, for each and every client. I saw the most professional and confident trial attorney, that never backed down, and argued on her clients behalf, with the confidence that came from her preparedness. Melanie's record is outstanding. This is evident by the number of client referrals she receives. I would have her fight for me, or anyone I know!
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Posted by Ron Rockett | June 10, 2015
Ready for the Real World not Our World...FTA
I had the greatest pleasure of experiencing the services provided by FTA. Inside and outside the courtroom, FTA helped navigate through one of the difficult processes of my life. My custody and visitation with my son was non existent and being completely ignored by the judicial system until FTA got involved. The experiences and guidance outside of the legal process was just as valuable and writing a review will never be good enough. However, if there are any fathers detached from the children and need assistance, please contact an attorney immediately and FTA is a super great place start. The entire staff will be there for you. Thank you FTA!!!!
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Posted by Simone | June 6, 2015
a true lifesaver
From the first day I requested her services, Melanie and her team have been highly professional,kind,caring as well as being knowledgeable about my individual case. I knew I would be well represented and treated fairly because of Melanie ' s representation. She goes above and beyond and as a result my case was dismissed. I cannot thank her and her team enough for their assistance in a case that was very stressful for myself and my family.
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Monica E. Ewing
  • 1999 - 2003


  • University of Baltimore
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Bucknell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • DeKalb Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2000 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Star
  • Legal Aid
  • 2018
  • Best of Gwinnett - Personal Injury Firms
  • Gwinnett Magazine
  • 2018
  • Best of Gwinnett - Family Law Firms
  • Gwinnett Magazine
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • 37th Annual Family Law Institute
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • 2019

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