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Melanie Renee Bean

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lebanon, TN

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2003
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I focus my practice on trial litigation and handle a range of cases from criminal defense to complex business and family law cases.  My work ethic anchors the reputation I have earned as an aggressive attorney.  I am committed to quality representation of my clients, whether through contested court proceedings or through mediated solutions out of court.  I maintain an appreciation for the fact that I am guiding individuals through their very personal and often challenging situations.  With the assistance of my staff, managed by my Senior Paralegal Amanda Blankenship, my office is dedicated to helping others through difficult circumstances with appreciation, integrity, and strength to achieve positive results. 


The description of “trial attorney” must be supported by actual experience.  A successful trial or pretrial settlement begins with methodical preparation.  I have prepared more than a thousand criminal, civil and family law cases for jury and bench trials that have proceeded to verdict and  I have substantially participated in numerous other criminal and civil jury trials, as lead and co-counsel, which have proceeded to verdict.  I have completed more than a thousand evidentiary and pre-trial hearings, as well as numerous post-trial or post-plea sentencing hearings.


I remain active in the community and in professional organizations.  I am honored to serve as co-chair of the Legislative Committee for TACDL (Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) developing and implementing strategy for legislative advocacy that will benefit all citizens.  I am humbled to serve my Alma Mater, Cumberland University, as an adjunct professor teaching Constitutional and Criminal Law and hope to use this platform to instill the same ethic of hard work I have used to help people through the practice of law.  It was particularly rewarding to be recognized by Cumberland University with the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni award, considering the many deserving alumni of that school.  I was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a Hearing Committee Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility and I currently still serve in this capacity.  I have been named Mid-South Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star” for the past two years, an award bestowed on me by a panel of my legal peers.


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Posted by Kylie | November 13, 2020
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The best office
I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking legal action. Melanie and her staff were very efficient and dedicated. There was never a problem communicating between myself and her team. Melanie truly listened and cared about me and my case. I can’t say enough about this wonderful office.
Posted by David | October 28, 2020
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Best divorce attorney you can retain!!!
I asked a close friend who is the best divorce attorney in Wilson County? I was told hands down Melanie Bean, she’s a fighter!!! I called her office and after my first conversation with Melanie and her Paralegal Amanda Blankenship I retained Melanie Bean and her Paralegal Amanda Blankenship to represent me in my divorce. From my first conversation with both I was put at ease and told that I had the best legal team on my side. They worked to protect my interest and fought for me. They made no promises except to fight with everything they had for me! That they did. I can’t say enough good things about their knowledge of the law and their zeal to represent me. Divorce is never easy or pretty, but I was blessed to have them represent me. If you find yourself in need of a first class legal team, you will not be disappointed by Melanie and Amanda
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Posted by James | October 9, 2020
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The Best Lawyer i have ever hired
Melanie Bean and her Team are simply put...Amazing! Agree with other comments that there is a reason she is rated 5 stars! Her and Michelle her paralegal are caring and professional during difficult times. Melanie is very prepared, presents her cases well, and fought aggressively for me. She educates you along the way and I'm beyond happy with the outcome of my case. If you are looking for an Attorney,.... trust me....HIRE want regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2019
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There is a reason she has a 100% 5 Star Rating!
Melanie Bean is an excellent attorney. She and her team were professional and personable throughout the entire experience of needing her services. When my husband asked for a divorce after 34 years of marriage, I didn't have a clue how to proceed. Several people told me I would save a lot of money if we worked with a mediator. After talking to a mediator, he said one line that let me know I needed a lawyer: "If you trust him, you can work with a mediator." There had been too much broken trust for too many years. I didn't trust him at all. I knew I needed a lawyer. The mediator gave me the name of Melanie Bean and I am so thankful for all that she and her team did to make sure I received a fair settlement. She fights for her clients and she is tough with compassion driving what she does. If you need an excellent lawyer, contact Melanie Bean and her team.
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Posted by Melody | September 17, 2019
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Amazing lawyer and team! You will not be disappointed.
Melanie and Michelle were absolutely wonderful to work with. They were so knowledgeable and helpful during tough situations and genuinely care about their clients' wellbeing. I can never thank them enough for all that they did for my children and myself. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and would refer them to anyone in the future! Thank you so much for everything!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
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Melanie has been an amazing lawyer throughout the entire process. I have been falsely accused and she has been fighting to prove my innocence always trying to be one step ahead. I would recommend her for any and all legal matters! Her legal team that assists her are also top notch, you will not find a better lawyer in the area who will be compassionate but also knows when to buckle down and fight!
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Posted by William | October 17, 2015
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I Highly Recommend This Attorney
Ms. Bean is an excellent attorney, both inside and outside the courtroom. I have used her for almost 6 years before, during, and after my divorce. What I appreciate about her the most is that she keeps me informed and allows me to make educated decisions throughout the process. Divorce isn't just about going to court; sometimes it's about settling. She is an excellent negotiator and can be tough, defending your interests. Her paralegal staff is also incredible and dependable. Ms. Bean's fees are also quite reasonable. Considering the quality of representation you receive from her, I would strongly recommend her to anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2013
She fought for me and she was there when I needed her.
I was having a very hard time in my life and I needed Melanie's services. It was hard for me to even get support from my family. But she helped me see that I had rights and it gave me hope. Everything turned out good for me and I am getting back to my normal life. I am so glad I took a friend's recommendation and went to Melanie.
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Posted by Walter | October 17, 2012
Melanie Bean Fought Hard For Me And Was Successful With My Case
Melanie and everyone at Lannom & Williams helped me through a very tough ordeal for my family. Everything worked out exactly as I hoped it would and she fought tirelessly for me. She protected my three children and communicated with them very honestly and gently. I felt like Melanie valued us and I would use her again in a heartbeat.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Frank Lannom Law Group
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Lannom & Williams, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor Criminal & Constitutional Law
  • Cumberland University
  • 2006 - 2017


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Cumberland University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Denial of Petition to Increase Alimony
  • Client did not have to pay additional alimony
  • DCS v. Macon County Father
  • Dismissal of the Department's petition and immediate return of Equal Time with Daughter.
  • DCS v. Wilson County Mother
  • DCS to remove client’s children for her home. Mother and children were immediately reunited based upon Melanie’s representation.
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  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Legislative Committee Co-Chair and Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Hearing Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates Board
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Rotary Club
  • Breakfast Rotary Club Wilson County
  • 2004 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Robert W. Ritchie Award
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2016 Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Rising Star 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Cumberland University
  • 2013
  • Shining Star Workhouse Award
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star 2013 Award
  • Super Lawyers - Family Law
  • 2012
  • Williams F. Blews Award
  • Steson University College of Law
  • 2001
  • Raymond Cleveland Award for Excellence in Social Science
  • Cumberland University
  • 1999
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  • The People's Voice
  • Our Constitution Under Attack?
  • 2011
  • For The Defense (TACDL)
  •  G. Frank Lannom & Melanie R. Bean, Medical Records and Constitutional Rights, For the Defense. Vol. 20, Number 1
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Conference
  • Moderator
  • 2014
  • Legislative Review & Case Update CLE
  • Moderator
  • 2012
  • Legislative Review
  • Moderator
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Melanie
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Melanie Bean is a passionate and aggressive attorney. I am continually impressed with her dedication to defending her clients' rights. She has a broad and deep knowledge of the law and uses it to protect her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melanie Bean is an aggressive and smart attorney who defends her clients in any situation, whether Family or Criminal law. She has foresight and an innate intelligence that she applies to each individual client's case."
General practice Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie Bean is the type of trial lawyer I aspire to be. She is incredibly highly respected in the legal community and her success knows no bounds. From one workhorse to another, Bean is without a doubt the easiest trial lawyer to endorse."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"When it comes to Divorce and/or Child Custody matters, look no further. Mrs. Bean is a bulldog in the court room and has the knowledge and experience to back it up. If you are getting divorced in Wilson County hire Mrs. Bean. If you do not, hope that your former spouse didn't either."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Melanie Bean in the past and on several different cases. She has a clear understanding of the law and the consequences of the decisions that need to be made in representing clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, she is excellent in her approach of a case. She goes to great lengths to work for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Melanie Bean is a leader in the criminal defense lawyer community, not just in Middle TN, but statewide. She consistently sets a high bar, which fellow attorneys strive to emulate."
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Lebanon Divorce and separation Lawyer Melanie Renee Bean
Melanie Renee Bean
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lebanon, TN
Licensed for 20 years