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Melissa Reese Cruthirds

Divorce and separation Attorney at Saint Simons Island, GA

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I am a trial attorney. I help people navigate the courts through a very stressful time. I focus primarly on helping guide people through divorce and issues of child custody, visitation, and child support. 

Originally from South Carolina, I received myBachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002 from the University of South Carolina and my Juris Doctor degree in 2010 from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  During law school, I clerked for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee and The Honorable Lisa A. Kinon, a family law judge in South Carolina.  I was a paralegal in a general litigation practice for several years prior to attending law school.

I served as President of the Glynn County Bar Association, previously serving as its Social Co-Director and Treasurer. For the past several years, I have served on the iCivics Commitee for the State Bar of Georgia, bring civics education to middle and high schools in Georgia. I am a past president for the Glynn County Young Lawyer’s Division, a 2014 Georgia State Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Leadership Academy graduate, and a previous Southern District Representative for the Georgia State Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council.

I also served as Website and Social Media Director for the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island and as Vice President of the Brunswick Junior Woman's Club.

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Licensed for 11 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 03/21/2023
State GA
Status Inactive Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 02/03/2023

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Posted by Jill | March 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
So. Thankful
From the consultation, Melissa was professional, yet personable. Throughout a long and difficult court case, she was proactive and thorough as well as accessible. In addition, she was honest about our case and kept us well informed. We highly recommend her and would hire her again without question.
Posted by Della | March 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, Sharp, Steady, Compassionate and Tough. The smartest decision I made was hiring Melissa Cruthirds as my attorney.
During a most difficult and confusing time, I could count on Ms. Cruthirds to always be in front of any situation that arose concerning my divorce and custody case. Both matters were extremely complicated in every way imaginable but she never appeared unnerved or caught off guard and her confidence and the preparation she provided me allowed me to be calm and focused during the lengthy hearings. I was frequently impressed at her ability to think quickly, observe and present a line of questioning, regardless of who was testifying, that allowed the truth to become apparent. She never lost focus and it was obvious that it mattered to her that any and all significant information was provided to facilitate the best decisions, especially where a child's well-being was at stake. Over the lengthy period of time she represented me, and a particularly unnerving time for me, she made herself available when things arose that required fast decisions or guidance. It was obvious that she valued my input and desire to be compassionate, but that she could also be as tough as needed to fight for us. Her thoroughness in gathering information and preparation assured that we were ready and organized in court. She remained respectful of other attorneys while making her point. When all was presented and all that was left was a final decision, after observing many hours of hearings with multiple parties and attorneys, I was happy and relieved that Melissa Cruthirds was in my corner. She is a great attorney and really good person. I could not have made a better decision than choosing her to represent me. Quick, Sharp and Smart.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial Attorney
  • Compass Law Group, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Judge
  • City Of Brunswick
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Trial Attorney
  • Williams Litigation Group, PC
  • 2011 - 2013


  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of South Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Child Custody
  • Successful


  • Glynn County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Glynn County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Literary Guild of St. Simons Island
  • Website and Social Media Director
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Brunswick Junior Woman's Club
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Glynn County Young Lawyers' Division
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Outstanding YLD Affiliate
  • Young Lawyer's Division of the State Bar of Georgia
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Business Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I currently am employed as in-house counsel for a Georgia construction company. Melissa handled a case for the company involving a business matter and obtained great results. Her prices were extremely reasonable, she was easy to work with and responsive, she was knowledgeable, her drafting skills were impeccable and she made great decisions on strategy. As a fellow attorney, I feel confident in this referral and recommend Melissa without hesitation for any matter, whether it be divorce, child custody, business, construction, etc. She has the ability to quickly cut through the superfluous information and focus on the primary points to be addressed. Her reasoning is sound and her leadership and accountability is admirable."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa is a thorough lawyer who pays attention to detail and works hard for her clients. She is an accomplished professional and it shows."
Saint Simons Island Divorce and separation Lawyer Melissa Reese Cruthirds
Melissa Reese Cruthirds
Divorce and separation Attorney
Saint Simons Island, GA
Licensed for 11 years