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Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd

Family Attorney at Green, OH

4.9   73 reviews

also known as Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

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  • Licensed for 39 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1984
    Status
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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

GUIDING CLIENTS WITH STRAIGHT TALK AND COMPASSION THROUGH TROUBLED TIMES.

Our practice centers on representing people in domestic relations matters, for issues such as termination of marriage by divorce or dissolution, child support, spousal support, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (custody) and parenting time (visitation), including matters for people who have never married but have children and property together. We serve grandparents and other relatives seeking legal custody or visitation. We also provide planning services for people who need antenuptial (premarital) or cohabitation agreements, powers of attorney for health care, partnership agreements, wills and other estate-planning documents.

I did practice law as a solo attorney for 30 years, and started a lawfirm in 2014, all in Akron, Ohio. We serve clients in "real people" life situations, seeking to make bad situations a little better for them. Family law practice can be draining and demanding work (which sometimes makes me rethink that whole life plan thing, but sometimes a client will write something very uplifting and affirming as this one recently did: <<Thank you for all your help, but primarily for your willingness to listen, that meant so much to me.>> That will keep me going for a while now. Smile), but also can be rewarding in knowing that we helped someone through a bad situation, even by a little.

Our clients have also contributed very rewarding reviews on , and we are grateful to have been given an opportunity to serve them.

We moved our office to the City of Green mid-May 2018, and serve people in Summit and Stark County, Ohio courts.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2017
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Top Contributor 2012
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2012

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Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates, LLC

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Josh | March 1, 2021
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Highly Recommended
Melissa and her team were excellent! This was my first experience with needing legal representation and they did a wonderful job explaining things in a way that I could understand them during my initial consult. Once we were into the divorce process, she was able to handle all of my daily questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner. I have heard horror stories about fathers being treated less than fair by the court system and Melissa made sure this was not the case for me. She was upfront and honest with me while giving me great advice and direction along the way. She knows her stuff and seemed to be one step ahead at all times. She is a prefect example of "you get what you pay for". I highly, highly recommend Melissa and her team.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2021
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Excellent service
I had a fantastic experience with Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd , she prepared and filed my QDRO papers and did so with excellent care , Melissa went above and beyond for me . Highly recommended…
Posted by John | October 30, 2020
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50/50 Custody case
I worked mostly with Erin; she was able to help me (the father) get 50/50 custody of my two girls. They work very hard for father rights and are easy to get ahold of when questions arise.
Posted by Amber | July 15, 2021
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The best!
Do not put a price tag on an attorney if you are looking for someone who actually cares Melissa Graham Hurd is here. I interviewed numerous attorneys and knew she was the one thank you for everything you did!!!
Posted by Melinda | June 17, 2021
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Hardworking fantastic people
Melissa is a great lawyer, prompt, to the point, and professional. She gave great advice in some trying times over the last few months and helped mine and my children's voices heard. If we ever need a lawyer again I will be calling her first!
Posted by Amy | April 2, 2021
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Step daughter adoption
Melissa Graham Hurd and Assoc. helped our family with a step daughter adoption. Melissa is very knowledgeable in this area and provided lots of information on how the process works. The staff and Melissa were very quick to respond to emails and answer any questions we had. Our adoption was completed in a very timely manner and we are so happy! Highly recommend Melissa and her staff!
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Posted by Courtnee Robinson | January 14, 2021
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Thank you
I would definitely recommend her she is excellent and respectful she help me through everything step-by-step and never kept me in the dark about anything.
Posted by Rebecca | December 2, 2020
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Professional, Knowledgeable, Supportive and Understanding
Melissa, Erin, and Staff came highly recommended by a female colleague in a similar situation to mine. After years of abuse and controlling manipulation, I needed a strong team to represent me during my divorce. Melissa and Erin exceeded my expectations in every sense of the word. They maintained a calm, professional, no-nonsense approach at every turn during the divorce process, even when the opposing party did not always return the same. In addition to the stellar legal representation, the emotional support each offered to me during this very heavy process went above and beyond. The team provided me a sense of calm within the storm. Melissa, Erin, and the wonderful staff at Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates saved my life and gave me the strength and courage I needed to get through the divorce process and move on to all the great things I am now accomplishing in my single life. I highly recommend this team and plan to continue calling on them for legal advice and representation for other matters in the future.
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Posted by Tom | November 11, 2020
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Very helpful, highly recommend
Out of nowhere my wife handed me dissolution papers. She had been dealing with a lawyer and was wanting me to sign the papers. I needed a lawyer fast, so I contacted Melissa’s firm. They did an over the phone consultation (covid restrictions were in effect at the time). They listened to my story and said they could help. Throughout the process they explained things to me and helped me to not get taken advantage of. They were very good at responding to emails and phone calls, and were always very helpful. After the dissolution was finalized and the case “closed” they have been available to me to answer some other questions that I have had. I am very happy with their service would definitely use them again should the need arise. I highly recommend them.
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Posted by A.B | September 29, 2020
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Top-Notch
Melissa was excellent. She was able to take my case on a short notice and guide me through every step. She was very responsive and easily reachable, she answered all my questions throughout the process thoroughly. Melissa is very knowledgeable thanks to her extensive experience in family law. She was also able to see ahead of any potential problem areas and prepare for it. She is very courteous and professional in her guidance which focused on content, structure and process. I would definitely recommend her and her team to anyone!
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Posted by Matthew | February 18, 2024
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Highly recommend
Melissa is above all kind, reasonable , very smart, high emotional intelligence, no bs, no games, keeps the children’s best interest at the center and makes her clients feel heard.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2024
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Exemplary Service
My experience with Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates was exemplary. She and her team were kind, attentive, knowledgeable, patient and caring. I highly recommend their services to anyone seeking resolution of civil affairs.
Posted by Dick | February 18, 2024
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Divorce & QUDRO
Melissa was awesome and followed up when the ex-wasn't responding timely or going outside of the agreed to terms. She was awesome at helping me with concerns or directing me on the best course of action.
Posted by Chad | February 18, 2024
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Divorce
I chose Melissa and her team because my first phone call with them was nothing short of great customer service. We consulted and I was given a brochure they made that had a lot of FAQ that were answered and that helped to answer a lot of questions I had. It prevented worry and unnecessary consultant time. I was always treated with respect even if I was irritated about my situation. Her Team was on top of tasks and never dropped the ball.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2024
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Excellent
Highly recommend, covered our needs and made the process as simple as possible. She listens and makes sure you are satisfied. Answers questions and services were done quickly
Posted by Rebecca | August 17, 2023
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Great to work with
Melissa and her associates were great to work with throughout my divorce process. They were there whenever I needed them, and helped keep me stay focused and on track, through a very difficult time. Melissa is also adamant about not wasting her clients time and money, which I appreciated. They are available as often and much as you need them, but will also work efficiently to get things done.
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2023
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WONDERFUL
I highly recommend Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd and associates for your family needs. They were extremely knowledgeable on all facets of the laws and truly listened to your needs. They delivered expectations well above what I was expecting especially the last attorney I had.
Posted by William | June 19, 2023
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Very impressive
Melissa Graham-Hurd and her team are incredible all around. They have helped me with every aspect of my case. They kept me informed and prepared throughout the process, which alone brought me a lot of peace of mind.. The team was always very timely getting me the information that was coming from the courts, responding to e-mails, executing anything that needed to be submitted to the courts, et cetera. Melissa Graham Hurd and her team provided me with excellent service, guidance and respect throughout the entire duration of my case. I’m very pleased with them all and grateful for their services.
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Posted by Lisa | June 8, 2023
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Would Recommend to a Friend
I had a very long, drawn out case for many reasons and Melissa never stopped advocating for me throughout the entire process. My custody case came out as well as it could have given the circumstances and I know that is because of Melissa's experience with the system. It's really easy for me to get caught up in the details but Melissa was always willing to take the needed time with me to see the big picture. While I don't wish divorce on anyone, I would recommend her to a friend.
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Posted by Dorothy | June 6, 2023
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Excellence
Melissa Graham Heard, and her team are experts who will not only look for every possibility for you but also give you valuable insight to help you make good decisions and choices.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Melissa Graham-Hurd, Esq.
  • 1984 - Present

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Akron
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980
  • University of Akron
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Associations

  • Akron Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Stark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Chair - Family Law Committee
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 1993 - 1994
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Inclusion in Listings Family Law
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Inclusion in 2011 listings Family Law
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Sowald Morganstern Domestic Relations Law, Baldwin’s Ohio Practice Series, West Group
  • Chapter 29 - Government Retirement Benefits
  • 2019
  • Domestic Relations Journal of Ohio
  • Social Networking Websites
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law
  • Shared Parenting Plans
  • 2017
  • Family Law
  • Spousal Support modification
  • 2013
  • Annual Rosen Seminar
  • National Trends in Spousal support
  • 2013
  • Women in Law
  • Gender Fairness
  • 2012
  • Seminar for Family Relations Specialists
  • Real Estate Separate and Marital Property
  • 2012
  • Bernard Rosen Seminar
  • Caselaw Update
  • 2009
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Ohio Spousal Support Law
  • 2006
  • Family Law Section
  • Ohio Family Law Legislation
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Endorse Melissa
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an excellent attorney that is well-respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a great lawyer that works hard for her clients!"
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd works in an area of law that most attorneys despise because it is so demanding. I have seen how she patiently explains the law in a clear and practical manner to help persons involved in a emotional situation regain their balance. I am honored to endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa and I have served on several committes at the Ohio State Bar Association for many years. She is bright, articulate and cutting-edge knowledgeable in domestic relations matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I do not personally handle family law cases and have referred clients to Melissa based upon the reputation she has developed in the legal community. Melissa has a reputation for being knowledgeable, hardworking, sensitive, and reasonable. But she is tough when she needs to be. She fights hard for the best interests of her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Melissa Graham-Hurd for many years and have had numerous cases with her as my courtroom adversary. Melissa is competent, honest and professional. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Green Family Lawyer Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
Family Attorney
Green, OH
Licensed for 39 years
Virtual consultation available