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Melissa A. Powell

Family Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

3.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2014
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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  1. Family

    11 years, 110 cases

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DAWN Legal Services
770 Kenmoor Ave SE Ste 203
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546-8621

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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing at what she does
Melissa helped me to feel safe, secure, and confident in my legal journey. She is always willing to take a phone call, answer a text message or email, and even meet with me no matter what time of day it is. Melissa has a way of connecting on a personal level which helped to ease my anxiety and fears about my case. Inside the court room her presence can definitely be felt. She is not easily shaken and stands her ground on your behalf. With her I was able to obtain more than expected in my custody battle. I wouldn't have any other lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce great
Perfect in all aspects of my divorce! I would recommend to anyone
Posted by Amanda Miller | July 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No idea what she was doing
Melissa did not make me aware that child support could be changed. I only agreed because our assets were split so unevenly. She didn’t file the needed paperwork for my settlement until I finally got my ex-husband’s employer involved, which led to a my credit score being demolished, wasting thousands of dollars on a 3 bedroom condo so that my 3 kids could stay in our school district and have transportation. As a single mom I could not provide that. Luckily I was able to increase my credit score just before I had nothing left for retirement. My ex kept our expensive home and paid me from his 401K, which I had to pay taxes on in order to take out to pay of debt and put a down payment on a new home. I have since increased my salary through hard work and risking starting my own private practice. Additionally, she did not advise me on how to handle the fact that my ex-husband and I had been putting 10K a year in a retirement account through his work for 10 years, which he told me was “not real or possible to access”. (I didn’t have any money to do a deep dive or fight him on this). Her bad representation will cost me 100s of thousands of $$ in the long run. My divorce was 7 years ago. I’m still struggling though I have gotten myself to a place where I can make good money. Please do not use this attourny. She was referred to me by a friend who had a very simple divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
This woman literally ran from our case
Well, the title says it all; this woman was in the middle of dealing with our case. She, quite literally, ran away from it. If I could give her zero stars I would. For backstory, my mother came to her with a divorce case. Throughout her marriage she was abused along with her four children (myself included) for upwards of 25 years. This woman talked as if everything would be handled within the year and had all our evidence. To make matters worse, the only way she could have a job at her firm was to have experience with our kind of abuse. We thought everything was going to be okay. Fast forward a few months and, without and notification to us, she left to Michigan. We haven't heard from her since. Ever since she left this same firm has moved us from attorney to attorney and not done anything with our case. To this day we have paid upwards of $20,000 to try and handle our case and nothing has been done. They have threatened to release us, go after us for non payment, and sue. Knowing the stress we have been under. We have had to now, contact the bar. Do not contact this woman, she helped make our lives worse.
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  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Endorse Melissa
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is aggressive and represents her client's well. I have known her to be fair in dealings with opposing counsel."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa strives to get the best for her clients and makes a personal connection with each case/client."

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Melissa A. Powell
Family Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 10 years