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Melissa A Malouf

Family Attorney at Jackson, MS

4.2   10 reviews
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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MS
    Acquired 2000
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About Melissa

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EXPERIENCED AND DEDICATED FAMILY ATTORNEY WHO IS WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

Melissa primarily practices in the areas of domestic relations and criminal law. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1994, where she received many honors. She received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1998. During law school, Melissa served as Treasurer and President of the Law Student Bar Association and Co-Editor of The Legal Eye.

She is a current member of the Hinds County Bar and the Mississippi State Bar, where she has served on several committees. She is also a past officer of the Jackson Young Lawyers Association and past member of the Charles Clark American Inns of Court. Melissa is the proud mother of two young sons, Bash and Brody, and is a member of St. Richard Catholic Church.

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Malouf & Malouf, PLLC

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Posted by Mary | June 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
She's the best divorce lawyer in Jackson - period.
Melissa handled my divorce last year. There are so many divorce lawyers in my town, and I didn't know who I could trust. I am so glad I found Melissa! When I went to see her, my husband was making crazy threats and I was so scared - scared about keeping my son, worried about money, and how I would make it on my own as a single mom. Melissa listened to me, and she knew just what to do. She was up front with me about what to expect. I followed her advice, and she was right. It helped alot. When it was time to file, Melissa helped me get divorced FAST, and she got me everything I wanted. I never had any problems reaching her - she was there any time I needed her, and if she was in court, I could always talk to her office staff. They were also a big help. If you're reading this review, then you're thinking about a divorce or family lawyer, and I'm sorry about that. Divorce is hard. But if you pick the wrong attorney, then divorce is hell. I've heard way too many stories about bad divorce attorneys. After my experience, I know for a fact that Melissa is the best lawyer to get you through your divorce. Trust her. You won't be sorry.
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Posted by Amanda B | June 3, 2018
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Client
Attorney Melissa Malouf has represented me and worked very hard to win my case. I had a family law matter and her knowledge of the law allowed me to prevail. Melissa is not only a dedicated attorney, but has a passion and purpose to getting those in need justice. I would recommend Melissa Malouf to all of my family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the Best Attorney for Divorce
I met Ms. Malouf about seven years ago when I was looking for a divorce attorney. Each step of the way, she was patient yet efficient, understanding yet candid, friendly yet professional. She ALWAYS made time to answer the thousands of questions I had and explain the divorce process. She tenaciously mediated the case until the final settlement. Through the entire process, she was focused, professional, fair, and thorough. Although the divorce is settled and I have moved to another country, I still communicate with Ms. Malouf whenever I have any legal questions or need legal advice. Through my divorce, I made an amazing friend!
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Posted by Laurence | January 25, 2016
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Excellent attorney and colleague
I know Melissa both personally and professionally. She is extremely easy to work with, yet is also highly professional and detail-oriented. The work she does is of the utmost quality. I always recommend her first when it comes to the fields of family law, criminal defense, and divorce and separation. In particular, her work in the fields of family law and divorce is above reproach. I do not know another attorney who knows more about these fields. I cannot recommend Melissa highly enough.
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Posted by Allen | November 19, 2015
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Melissa Malouf: Professional and Friendly
I hired Melissa to help with the dissolution of my twenty year marriage. She was very compassionate and understanding during this very sad time. I always felt like Melissa had my back no matter what. She is a very personable as well as professional attorney. I would highly recommend her for divorce, custody or other family matters.
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Posted by Domestic Divorce client in Jackson, MS | November 16, 2015
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Professional and Personal!
From the first meeting together to the final judgement Melissa was available when I needed her and very knowledgeable about my case specifics. Her singular goal was to represent me in order to get the outcome I wanted- sometimes that was not best for me and she told me that. She also made it very clear when there were things I could deal with apart from billable hours that would save me money. She made a difficult situation tolerable and I would recommend her to anyone going through a divorce or considering it. The final outcome was very acceptable and the final details were explained to me clearly.
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Posted by Beverly | November 16, 2015
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Satisfied customer
Ms. Malouf is one of the most honest professionals that I have ever encountered. I appreciate and trust her expertise in handling my recent divorce. I recommend her to anyone in need of legal counsel.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2015
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I have used Melissa Malouf twice in the past 4 years. For my divorce and now child custody cases. Melissa is always on top of my cases and handles herself very professionally. She has filed multiple legal motions on my behalf and keeps me updated regularly. She is always available and easy to contact.
Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Slightly Unsatisfied and Disappointed
She prides herself on being compassionate, understanding and accessible to her clients as two of the most important factors dealing with the practice of family law. However unfortunate, I did not have the opportunity to benefit from these beliefs. Not to say in the least, that the other reviews weren't well-deserved, however in my personal experience, the fight for my best interests was a lackluster one. At the tail end of finalizing all matters, I could not determine which client's interest she was fighting for; mine or his. At times I felt pressured and rushed to make decisions that ultimately would affect my livelihood and well-being long after this matter is resolved. She mostly just relayed information and did not attempt, in my opinion, to offer me suggestions, guidance, strategy...NOTHING. She only relayed information she got from the opposing attorney. I was very fluent and clear on my wishes and on every instance I felt they were overlooked and ignored. The final agreement, in which I spent 4.5 hours negotiating on a Saturday, was totally NOT adhered to 10 months later, at her direction. I was very perturbed that I'd spent money and time only for the opposing attorney and ex-spouse to "re-negotiate" the terms. That was a total waste of my time, money and energy. Along with their re-negotiations, I had no choice but to amend my own agreed order, send it to ex-spouse and his counsel to sign and send to my counsel; all because my counsel was unavailable for over a month. The overall response rate declined immensely throughout the duration of my experience. When I needed it the most, I was not given assistance, guidance or suggestions from my attorney. This was one of the hardest, emotionally draining experiences I've had to face, and to feel like I didn't have the legal support backing me and my interests 100% has been very disheartening experience to say the least. I personally don't recommend as a divorce attorney as I had to do a lot of conceding on SEVERAL occasions, based on my own thoughts, logic, wisdom and common sense, due to the lack of guidance. I simply wanted the process over in a suitable amount of time, making myself available at ANY time to take care of matters at hand. My counsel didn't aide in making it prompt and as least stressful as possible. I felt very demeaned when she asked for the balance due in two payments, and I told her that amount did not fit in my monthly budget, and my monthly car payment equated to half of what she wanted me to pay. The words she spoke to me were: "Well that's what happens when you buy these fancy cars!" My car note had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with this situation at hand, and to have to audacity to utter such a vile statement, set my emotions off! The comment was unprofessional at the utmost. Ending that conversation, I felt belittled, insulted and humiliated to say the LEAST during this interaction.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2015
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Very disappointed
The times I talked with Melissa while she was my attorney, she never seemed to know what was going on with my case or the things she told me in our (in which I recorded) initial conversation. We waited until the very end to request the interrogatories from the other party and by that time, they had filed a frivolous lawsuit against me, so I basically had to give in to their demands in order for the lawsuit to be dropped, and since I had lost all confidence in my attorney (Malouf) I knew I could not count on her to represent me in that case. Another thing that bothered me about this attorney is that I never once received an itemized statement of the services they provided me each month. I still haven’t received one to this day and our case is closed. I would not recommend this attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Malouf & Malouf, PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Malouf & Malouf, PLLC
  • 1995 - 1999

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Mississippi
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • Charles Clark American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association
  • Officer
  • N/A
  • Mississippi College School of Law Alumni Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association
  • Secretary
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Mississippi College School of Law - Student Bar Association
  • President
  • 1997 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Best Family Law Attorney
  • Jackson Free Press/Jackson Boom
  • 2019
  • Best Family Law Attorney
  • Jackson Free Press/Jackson Boom
  • 2016
  • Best Family Law Attorney
  • Boom Magazine/Jackson Free Press
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Mississippi College The Legal Eye
  • Co-Editor
  • 1998
  • Mississippi College The Legal Eye
  • Co-Editor
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series
  • Dealing with Difficult People While Practicing Law: Employees, Colleagues, Clients, and Opposing Counsel
  • 2019
  • MC Law
  • Family Law Panel
  • 2018
  • Current Issues in Family Law
  • Properly Wording Custody Agreements with Today's Children
  • 2017
  • Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
  • Inaccurate Valuation of Assets
  • 2015
  • Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
  • Failure to Obtain and Interpret all Financial Documents
  • 2015
  • Current Issues in Family Law
  • Emerging Issues in Paternity and Child Support Cases
  • 2015
  • 20th Hot Tips from the Experts in Family Law Seminar
  • Paternity Update
  • 2015
  • Divorce Law Guide A to Z
  • Child Custody and Visitation and Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
  • 2014
  • Current Issues in Family Law
  • Alienation of Affections
  • 2013
  • Current Issues in Family Law
  • Ethical Concerns and Considerations for the Family Law Practitioner
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Melissa
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had multiple cases against Melissa. She thorough, professional and works hard for her clients. She absolutely has my respect as opposing counsel."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with Melissa on multiple matters. Her professionalism is exemplary and her dedication to her clients is unparalleled. I would highly recommend Melissa for a family law matter!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Melissa personally and professionally for years now. She's a wonderful, attentive, extremely knowledgeable attorney, but an even better person. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney in the family law arena."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with and for Melissa for several years and have found that her professionalism, knowledge of the law, and desire to fight for her clients is second to none."
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Jackson Family Lawyer Melissa A Malouf
Melissa A Malouf
Family Attorney
Jackson, MS
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available