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Melissa Gifford Hise

Litigation Attorney at Summerville, GA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1993
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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    Agency, private, including step-parent and third party

  2. Family
    Divorce, custody, child support, grandparent visitation, juvenile & guardianship

  3. Litigation
    Various types regarding estate and land issues

  4. State, local, and municipal law
    Representation of two municipalities in all aspects

  5. Wills and living wills
    Preparation of wills, powers of attorney, living wills & estate disputes

My career has been focused on working with families, in particular working with families involved with domestic violence.  I started, while in law school, working with victims of domestic violence and have continued in the role of advocate and lawyer for victims.  I founded Four Points, Inc, in 1996, which is an agency that works with families involved in domestic violence.  I was able to capitalize and broaden my skills for mediation and bridge building at Four Points working with every aspect of the criminal justice system as well as other agencies, both private and governmental that touch families, to improve policies and protocol for both adults and children involved in domestic violence.  I transitioned to the Magistrate Court when I felt it was time for me to leave Four Points to let it grow under new leadership.  I am proud of the work Four Points is still doing.

While I enjoyed my time at the Magistrate Court, it was not fast paced enough for my personal liking and was offered a position by Albert Palmour to practice full-time.  The experience has been wonderful as it has allowed me to broaden my practice and skill level beyond family law.  I now handle litigation of many types of cases and we rarely turn down a case unless it is out of the practice field completely (bankrupty or social security).  And, I've recently begun part-time Magistrate work again taking call twice a month so I'm allowed to do both things that I enjoy so much.

My personal philosophy on how to handle a case is to assist my client in getting the optimum outcome with a focus on he or she as a person.  Sometimes people want one thing but find through the litigation that another is more realistic, tangible and/or desirable.  Taking time to do the research and work will yield the best outcome.  Further, it is important to be honest with clients and them with you.  In choosing a lawyer, I always advise people to meet with the lawyer and determine if you can feel comfortable in sharing your honest feelings and history with them.  If you cannot, then you need to seek another lawyer. It's not all about the price.


Palmour Law Office
9933 Commerce St
Po Box 716
Summerville, GA, 30747-1300


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Posted by Anna | March 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing and Fair Lawyer here
She represented me in a custody case with my ex and was more interested in what was best for our daughter than we were at the time due to our anger for each other. I appreciate the fact that she did this for our daughter and made us realize we were being crazy and need to love and support her together even in separate houses! Thank you Melissa!
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Posted by misty | May 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
child custody modification and child support modification
Melissa is a great lawyer very professional and everyone In the law firm are nice and went above and beyond to answer any questions I had I will use her again. If I ever need any legal advice.
Response from Melissa Hise May 9, 2017
Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it.
Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Mrs. Hise is an exceptional attorney. She laid out all of the evidence for our case and she did a fantastic job recalling every detail. She took her time to investigate details and was very quick to respond to any question we asked and communicated with the other party on our behalf. She went above and beyond what other attorneys would do for a client. She absolutely demolished the defense. I would recommend Mrs. Hise to ANYONE. She is an excellent attorney and took a horrible situation and turned into something beneficial for our family.
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Response from Melissa Hise May 9, 2017
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your words and am so thankful that I was able to help your family receive a good outcome. All the best to you!


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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Magistrate Judge
  • Walker County Magistrate Court
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Magistrate Judge
  • Walker County Magistrate Court
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Executive Director
  • Four Points, Inc.
  • 1996 - 2009
  • Law Clerk - Superior Court
  • Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Watson & Dana
  • 1993 - 1995
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  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Mercer University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 1990


  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Fellow
  • 2003 - Present
  • Lookout Mountain Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Lookout Mountain Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • N/A
  • Lookout Mountain Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2001 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Summerville Litigation Lawyer Melissa Gifford Hise
Melissa Gifford Hise
Litigation Attorney
Summerville, GA
Licensed for 30 years
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