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Melissa Jane Avery

Family Attorney at Indianpolis, IN

3.7   3 reviews

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Melissa Avery is Of Counsel with the law firm Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C. in Indianapolis, Indiana, a practice limited to Family Law & Immigration. She is a certified family law specialist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Avery has been listed as an Indiana Super Lawyer since 2005 and as one of Indiana’s Top 25 Female Lawyers since 2007 by Law and Politics Magazine.

 

Ms. Avery has served as the American Bar Association Family Law Section CLE Co-Chair since 2001, on the Section Council since 2005, and chaired the marital property committee from 2007 to 2010.

 

Ms. Avery is Past Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Family Law Section Chair and was a member of the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2011. She is also currently a member of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

 

Ms. Avery is a graduate of Ohio University (B.S.) and Capital University Law and Graduate School (JD).

 

Licensed for 28 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1997
Updated 10/12/2022
State OH
Status Inactive
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Broyles Kight & Ricafort, PC
8250 Haverstick Rd.
Suite 100
Indianpolis, IN, 46240

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Posted by Carrie | June 15, 2011
Won my case in all aspects
Melissa Avery is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 lawyers in Indiana. That and her extensive experience in family law (17 years) is what led me to hire her to handle my child support case. Several things impressed me about Melissa during her handling of my case. First, she won every point of my case against my ex-husband. Her organized arguments and concise presentation of my case and supporting documents led the judge to find in my favor across the board. This obviously benefited me financially and emotionally. Second, she listened to me throughout the case and let me be a part of it. She answered my questions and always responded to me quickly by email and phone. Third, she was cost conscious and was very vigilant about keeping the expense of my case to a minimum. She kept me constantly informed of my attorney fees so I could monitor and plan for the cost of my case. There are attorneys that have a lower hourly fee (my ex-husband hired one), but in the end using Melissa saved me money because of how organized she was with her time and because of what she won for me.
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Posted by Blair | May 25, 2011
Forthright
Mrs. Melissa Avery of Avery and Cheerva is much more than just a clear and concise professional. She litigated on the behalf of my family with diligence and supreme sincerity. Her representation was invaluable in the outcome of securing what was factually within my child's best interest. Mrs. Avery and her team were vital, and in my continuing opinion have directly attributed to my child's proper care and development. In the most difficult of times my family needed an attorney that was there to assist us with experience, expertise, shear integrity and unflinching fortitude. That is the kind of Attorney Melissa Avery is and I strongly recommend her to all those who are in need of not just a family law attorney but are in need of the very best of all family law attorneys." Gunnery Sergeant Blair R. Clark.
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Posted by Steve | May 13, 2011
Misleading
Ms. Avery was very deceptive in her knowledge of law according to her professional website. When someone is involved with a family law dispute it can be a very trying time. I needed a fighter on my side who could demonstrate a professional level of competence. Ms. Avery didn't display the high level of professional competence that I am in great need of. Ms. Avery isn't suited for cases in which she would have to display the necessary qualifacations and determination needed to actually stand a chance of winning a tough case.I was extremely disapointed in my consultation and would advise anyone in my similar position to not waste their time.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Broyles Kight & Ricafort, PC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Avery & Cheerva LLP
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate
  • Phelps & Fara
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Terry L. Thomas LPA
  • 1994 - 1998
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Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • law
  • 1994
  • Ohio University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Marital Property Commitee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • CLE Co-Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Board of Governors
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Families Matter Commitee
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Council Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Council Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2002 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Judicial Improvement Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1999 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 50 Lawyers in Indiana
  • Super Lawyers-Indianapolis Monthly Magazine
  • 2008
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Indiana
  • Super Lawyers - Indianapolis Monthly Magazine
  • 2007
  • Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers - Indianapolis Monthly Magazine
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Family Matters, Newsletter of the Indiana State Bar Associatin Family and Juvenile Law Section
  • A View From the Chair
  • 2012
  • Res Gestae (Indiana State Bar Association)
  • The Marital Residence and Other Black Holes: Dealing with Real Estate in Divorce
  • 2009
  • Indiana Lawyer
  • Hot Topics in Custody and Parenting Time
  • 2007
  • America Bar Association, Family Law Section, On-Line Resource Center
  • Marital Property in Indiana
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bench Bar Conference
  • Not With My Stuff, Hot Issues With The Modern Family
  • 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Hey 19! How Changes to the Emancipation Age Will Effect Child Support In Indiana
  • 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Developing Skills in the Practice of Family Law
  • 2011
  • National Forensic Accounting Conference
  • Hot Topics in Family Law
  • 2010
  • National Forensic Accounting Conference
  • Machiavellian Negotiation and Mediation Techniques
  • 2009
  • Annual Meeting
  • Hot Tips From Family Law Experts
  • 2009
  • Bench/Bar Meeting
  • How Are Current Economic Conditions Affecting Dissolution Cases?
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced Family Law
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privilege of working with Melissa for several years. She is very knowledgeable and a great resource. Melissa gives her clients and cases the time and attention needed for the best resolution. Melissa works towards amicable resolutions but is also a very experienced and impressive litigator. I can confidently endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An outstanding lawyer, with an outstanding national reputation."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation

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Indianpolis Family Lawyer Melissa Jane Avery
Melissa Jane Avery
Family Attorney
Indianpolis, IN
Licensed for 28 years