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Melissa Baumgartner Umulis

Family Attorney at Traverse City, MI

4.8   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 9 years
    New York - NY 13 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2014
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2011
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

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Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2006 and graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law in 2010. Melissa’s practice includes representation of individuals in divorce, post-divorce, custody, paternity, parenting time, Personal Protection Order (PPO) and minor guardianship matters, as well as general civil litigation and criminal matters.
Prior to returning to Michigan, Melissa was employed at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, where she served as the attorney for the children in child protective matters in Bronx Family Court.
Melissa serves on the board of the Women Lawyer’s Association and Zero Tolerance: Ending Child Sexual Abuse and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Domestic Violence Committee. Additionally, Melissa is a member of Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan and is trained in the collaborative divorce process.
Native to Traverse City, Melissa enjoys spending time swimming, boating and exploring Northern Michigan with her husband Daniel and their son, Aiden.
2010, State Bar of New York
2014, State Bar of Michigan

Trust Issues & Divorce: The Impact of Divorce on Assets Held in Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts,
Michigan Family Law Journal, Volume 47, Number 5, May 2017


Pezzetti, Vermetten & Popovits, P.C.
600 E. Front Street, Ste. 102
Traverse City, MI, 49686

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  14 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2021
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She is an absolute God send. I would highly recommend her especially in difficult situations. She has brought peace to an extremely unpleasant situation.
Posted by Jason | December 11, 2019
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Child Custody Case won
Melissa did a great job as my counsel keeping my son's best interest at the forefront while navigating a custody and parenting time motion I was defending. I believe, without Melissa's help, the outcome would not have been the same nor ended as well.
Posted by Steve | November 6, 2018
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Stress Reliever!
Melissa helped me in my divorce case after I switched attorneys late in the process. She was very organized, well spoken and calm when I wasn't. Highly recommend Melissa for sure!
Posted by Michelle | August 28, 2018
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An ethical, practical, and exceptional attorney!
Melissa (Wilson Kester) represented me in a custody/parenting time case. I feel as though she always kept my son's best interest and well being in the forefront. She never failed to keep me informed throughout the very long process of our complicated case. She was always very thoughtful, thorough, and even creative at times. Melissa was fantastic about communication and promptly filing necessary documents etc.. I am forever grateful to her for the most favorable outcome we got in our case and the peace of mind that came along with it. I would recommend Melissa to anyone needing help in a family court case, she's amazing!
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Posted by Ian | April 7, 2018
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Dedicated and Articulate Professional
Melissa represented me in a tough custody case, that was messy and complicated to say the least. From day one until a favorable settlement, she was thorough and insightful, and clearly demonstrated the extent of her knowledge and experience. In short, she was an absolute pleasure to work with, and i my go-to family law attorney in the future if needed!
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Posted by Jeff | March 9, 2018
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Melissa and team left no stone unturned to get me a fair outcome. I was impressed with the level of professionalism and knowledge she showed compared to the opposition. She did not hesitate to make recommendations even in opposition of my ideas if she thought it would be a better outcome. Money well spent. I would recommend Melissa and team without reservation.
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Posted by Rebecca | January 12, 2018
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Amazing resource to have in your corner
Melissa stuck with me through a very difficult divorce and kept me on top of all paperwork and deadlines. She was very timely, professional and informed and took the time to explain everything to me through the whole process. Nothing surprised her and she is very quick thinking and remained steadfast during court and mediation. If you are going up against a spouse with money/power and don't think you can withstand it, hire Melissa, she evened the playing field for my case.
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Posted by Shanasee Freiburger | August 23, 2017
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True Professional!
Melissa was a true professional! No matter what she was confronted with she remained poised and professional. She was on top of all paperwork! I never felt like I was waiting on her. Regardless of how many clients she may have been juggling, I always felt first! She was consoling and reassuring through a very difficult process. Melissa is smart and savvy! With Melissa I always had appropriate guidance and if I ever needed services again Melissa would be my first choice!
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Posted by Kevin | July 17, 2017
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One top notch attorney who will fight for you!
Last fall, I was served with divorce papers, which were complicated by a personal protection order and false claims of criminal activity. I was in search of a tough lawyer in Traverse City and I located Wilson Kester. I had an initial consultation with Shelley Kester and made the decision to retain her as my attorney. As my case progressed, I was introduced to Melissa Baumgartner who was another attorney at the firm. Melissa immediately became dedicated to the case and worked tirelessly to insure that all court orders were written to perfection. I had the pleasure of appearing in court on two occasions with Melissa and she was extremely professional and was very well spoken. During mediation, Melissa took time away from her family after hours to work from home and make alterations to my property settlement agreement so that I could wrap up my 12.5 hour mediation. Needless to say, without her dedication and willingness to go way above and beyond the call of duty, my mediation may have been unsuccessful. I simply cannot say enough about what a great job Melissa Baumgartner and Shelley Kester did throughout my divorce. If you are looking for a dedicated, professional, and extremely competent attorney, look no further that Melissa Baumgartner and Shelley Kester.
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Posted by Chris | April 4, 2017
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Knowledgable and effective...
Melissa played a large role in my divorce case alongside Shelley Kester. She is smart, very responsive and can quickly move the process along. Early on my business was needing protection and she took immediate action fighting for it. It was extremely stressful but she saved the day. Her professionalism shined in the courtroom as well. I am very grateful to have had her represent me.
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Posted by Kathy | September 22, 2016
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Professional and kind
Melissa was very helpful on numerous matters regarding my Ex-husband. She listened, offered quality advise and kept me informed of what was going on. Not only was she supportive professionally, but also in a kind personal manner. I would recommend Melissa Baumgartner to anyone going through divorce or custody issues.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
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Melissa did an amazing job on my behalf during a recent reworking of an in-place JoD. I felt that she has a great sense of what is truly important and super attention to detail. She worked hard (yet efficiently) to get me where I wanted to be and represented me very well at a hearing.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2016
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Exemplary, precise and professional service !
"We sought Melissa’s services regarding an issue regarding my seventeen year old son that involved DHS/Child Protective Services. Melissa's expertise regarding my situation was unprecedented. Her extensive knowledge and experience in this type of case allowed me to put my complete faith and trust in her ability from day one. Melissa's relationship with the court and the government agencies involved speaks volumes about her integrity and status in the area of child/family law. She was able to develop a plan to protect myself and my family while reaching the best possible outcome for all those involved. This plan was precisely executed to the letter from start to finish. Melissa was very efficient with her time and more than reasonable with the hours she billed. I always felt throughout this process that my case was a top priority for Melissa. This was probably the most difficult situation my family and I have ever been through and I can not say enough about how well Melissa handled this case. I would highly recommend to anyone in need of her services."
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2023
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Calm, but not thorough or supportive
Melissa has an amazingly calm demeanor which provided comfort at the beginning because it was an extremely difficult time. She was efficient. My disappointment was with her inability to be thorough, understand complicated financial situations, and protect me from the mediator. Most disappointing was during mediation, when she did not say a word while the mediator fought for my ex as if he represented him because he had not lawyer.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pezzetti, Vermetten & Popovits, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wilson Kester
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice
  • 2010 - 2014
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  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 2010


  • Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association - Women Lawyers Association
  • Secretary
  • 2018 - Present
  • Zero Tolerance: Ending Child Sexual Abuse
  • Board Treasurer
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Michigan Family Law Journal, Volume 47, Number 5
  • Trust Issues & Divorce: The Impact of Divorce on Assets Held in Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Melissa
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with, for, and against Melissa. She is an attorney I trust and respect. I have referred my clients and friends to her for family law matters because I know she will do an outstanding job."
Child abuse Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of family law and child abuse. She is an excellent advocate and person."
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is passionate about family law and is an intelligent, thoughtful and efficient advocate for our clients. She is highly regarded by other attorneys who have worked with her and by the Courts. She is a valued member of the Wilson Kester team! Shelley Kester"
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Traverse City Family Lawyer Melissa Baumgartner Umulis
Melissa Baumgartner Umulis
Family Attorney
Traverse City, MI
Licensed for 13 years