Skip to main content

Sanford J. Melder

Divorce and separation Attorney at Royal Oak, MI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1973
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Sanford

Learn Sanford’s areas of practice.

A Family Business and Trusted Legal Resource Since 1974 Serving Clients in Oakland County, Macomb County, St. Clair County, Wayne County, Livingston County, and Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan

Whatever the legal issues you face, when you come to our firm, we are with you all the way. We feel that we are in this together with our clients. Whether you are looking for help with a real estate transaction, collecting a debt, you need help with a divorce or custody dispute or you are embroiled in business litigation — we approach your situation and goals as if they were our very own.

We are a family-oriented, father and son, general practice law firm providing experienced, high-quality services and representation to individuals and businesses facing a wide range of legal issues. If you choose to work with us, either Sanford J. Melder or Aric K. Melder will be the attorney working with you at all times. There are no inexperienced associates to pass your case off to once we take your case. At our firm, what you see is what you get – you will get honest, up-front communication from genuine and no-nonsense attorneys. We pride ourselves on a straightforward approach to every case and make sure that you are kept informed about the progress of your case.

From start to finish, our relationship with you will be built on open communication. We believe and we know from experience that informed clients — those given clear answers to their questions and an understanding of the law, their legal options and what to expect at each stage of the process — are happier clients, more relaxed, more involved, and better able to help us do our jobs for you.

All of the Experience and Resources You Need

Sanford J. Melder opened the doors to this law office in 1974, and has been practicing in the local, state and federal courts of Michigan ever since. In 2004, he was joined in practice by son Aric. Our two lawyers have combined experience of nearly 50 years, having been practicing law in Oakland County, Detroit and surrounding areas of Southeast Michigan the entire time.

We do not take a back seat in terms of technology or expert witness resources either. As an established firm, we have access to and strong relationships with appropriate experts in all areas of our practice. Our technology tools include access to the standard legal databases used by most firms, as well as sophisticated software and multi-media courtroom presentation capabilities.

Free Initial Phone Consultations with an Attorney
Local: / Toll Free:

To talk about a matter involving real estate transactions, commercial property sales, commercial property purchases, family law, divorce, estate planning, bankruptcy, commercial loans, probate, business law or any legal issue — call our southeast Michigan law office in Royal Oak or contact us online with a brief description of your concerns.

Photos and videos


Law Offices of Melder & Melder
2304 East 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI, 48067

Divorce lawyers nearby


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He Gets Down to Business!
If you're looking for someone fluffy, this is not the attorney for you. He's down-to-earth, honest, trustworthy and, a bit brash at times, but if you need something done, this is your guy. He's assisted our family in several matters, from divorce, custodianship, guardianship, will prep and conservatorships. I highly recommend.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyers you can trust who get the job done!
Melder & Melder has assisted myself and family with several items from divorce, real-estate and bankruptcy over the last few years. Aric Melder is not only well versed with many different legal matters but an excellent litigator for all of them. He is responsible, ethical and you can count on him and the firm to get the job done. The firm cares about their clients and go out of their way to take care of them. Their fees are very competitive. It is hard to find the right attorney, for a price you can afford. Melder & Melder surpassed my expectations and am confident that they will do the same for their other clients as well.
Read less
Posted by Elaine | April 28, 2014
Great attorneys!
Aric and his team are great! I needed a good divorce attorney that was affordable as well. Aric and his team were very professional and competent and got me an my kids the settlement we deserved. I was pleasantly surprised at the different areas of law his practice covers. I will be also getting him to handle my credit issues and possible bankruptcy as well.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2012
Always on the spot
Anytime we had to get some answers Sanford was right there on the phone with us. He is very knowledgeable about our industry. I have had other lawyers in the past. Not again. Sanford got the job done. I would recommend Melder and Melder to anyone in my family or in business.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2010
Mr. Melder Really Cares & Really Helps
When it comes to family law situations Mr. Melder is fantastic. He is very tough and really fights for your rights, even if it is a difficult situation. Plus he is willing to work with you on payment terms you can afford when most other lawyers won't do that. He really knew the law and also he knew the people at the court which I think helps a lot. I hope I never go through another divorce situation, but if I do Mr. Meldder will be the lawyer I call!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2009
Professional Experience
I have hired both of the Melders for various legal matters concerning my condominium hotel property. It has been my experience that when you are in a dispute, you want someone who knows all the rules, and has expertise to get the job done correctly. Both of these gentlemen were what I needed to help in my legal matters. I was impressed with both their level of representation and the results they gave me. I will continue to use them for all of our legal needs.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2009
Aggressive & Affordable
Mr. Melder was very knowledgable and helpful. His prices are very fair and he helped me a great deal without spending a fortune. He fights very hard for his clients. Healso takes the time to talk with you and understand your situation. I was very pleased with his services. Thank you Mr. Melder.
View less reviews


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Melder & Melder, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sanford J. Melder, P.C.
  • 1974 - 2010


  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • Wayne State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1969


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer Detroit, Family, Estate Planning, General Practice
  • dbusiness Magazine
  • 2010
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch and Learn
  • Speeding Tickets and Divorce, hear about both from an expert.
  • 2017
  • Wills, Trusts, and Divorce
  • Wills, Trusts, and Divorce
  • 2015
  • Probate/Will
  • The goal and need of a proper Estate Plan
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Sanford
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Great Lawyer. Great negotiator. Asset to the Legal Community."
Probate Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I will refer clients to both Aric Melder and Sanford Melder when I have clients or receive calls from potential clients with issues involving Divorce, Probate, Will/Trust, Guardianship/Conservatorship, Debt Collection and Traffic Citations. They also have an excellent trial practice and their litigation work is phenomenal."