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Mary Elizabeth Melech

Government Attorney at Bismarck, ND

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    North Dakota - ND 4 years
    California - CA 12 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State ND
    Acquired 2019
    Status
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Mary

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  1. Government
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    Child Welfare & Family Preservation

Mary Melech is a Special Assistant State's Attorney of Burleigh County, North Dakota. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, earning her degree in Political Science. Upon graduation from UCLA, Mary attended Chapman University School of Law on a full merit scholarship. Mary graduated from law school in 2011, and was admitted to the State Bar of California later that year. In 2018 and 2019, Mary was selected by Super Lawyers as one of Southern California's Rising Stars, which is a designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of lawyers statewide.

Mary was admitted to the State Bar of North Dakota in 2019.

 

Location

Burleigh County Social Services
415 E. Rosser Ave., Ste. 113
Bismarck, ND, 58501

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Posted by Marie | March 28, 2018
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Mary Melech what a blessing she is!
Mary Melech is beyond outstanding! I was so proud to have an educated, poised, beautiful, passionate and professional woman stand by me and represent me at trail. She came in prepared and ready to preform and was she a class act. We knew we were walking into the lions den (because my soon to be ex-husband is a sheriff and a very difficult person to deal with!) and to top things off my judge was a tough one to conceive. I was overwhelmed and filled with emotions, but to instill me with the confidence I needed before my court, Mary took the time to meet with me on a Sunday afternoon and was extremely patient. She made sure I understood everything. Choosing an attorney can be difficult and a scary thing because your having to trust someone that you've never met with your life. I prayed that God place the right person in my path and it was Mary Melech that was my blessing. Being strong in my faith and having the right attorney was Victory!!!!! Hellehuiah Thank you Jesus.
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Posted by Jared | December 7, 2016
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Amazing
I was notified 4 days before my court date that my son's mother acquired a lawyer for our custody battle, so I met with Mary the next day and I can say it was the best decision I've made for my battle. She diligently helped me gain more custody of my son, she has an amazing personality and I am very happy with the work she has put time and effort into for my case. I would recommend her to anyone who wants someone who can relate to your circumstances of your fight. And for a lawyer that will help you fight for your rights and time with your children.
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Posted by Alexandra | August 19, 2016
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She's there for you
I shopped around a lot for a case involving a nasty custody battle with my ex husband. After several meetings with different attorneys I trusted my instinct and went with Mary. Based on the severity of my situation, this was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Mary was honest with me about the circumstances of my case and the likelihood of my success, unlike others who promised me I would get everything. Her prediction was exactly on point for what I had received in court. Despite being against a very smooth talking jerk (my ex and his fancy lawyers), we still prevailed. I would recommend Mary to anyone who wants an honest assessment of their case, and a real fighter for their case. Thanks so much!
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Posted by Robert | March 9, 2016
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family lawyer
Ms.Melech was attentive and informative . I was extremely impressed by her and recommend her to all my family and friends. if I ever need another family attorney Mary will always be my choice. she's extremely knowledgeable about family law.the most important she is passionate about what she does. me my children will be eternally grateful her.
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Posted by Mike | February 21, 2016
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Determine of child arrears
Mary is a great attorney, helped me to understand and reassured me of the process that goes in family law. Thanks Mary for your time, efforts, and determination. Job well done. "Go go Power Rangers"
Posted by Jessica | December 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Move Away Request Success
Mary Melech was a huge help and relief as a lawyer. She walked me through all the tedious steps, situations, court appearances, etc. that surrounded my request to move out of state with my son. We WON! And that was all due to Mary's skills and knowledge as a lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Special Assistant State's Attorney
  • Burleigh County Social Services
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Supervising Attorney of Family Law Assessment Clinic
  • Legal Aid Society Of Orange County
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Extern
  • Human Rights Watch
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Orange County Public Defender's Office
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aid Society Of Orange County
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Associations

  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Central California
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Public Interest Law Foundation Pro Bono Service Award
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • 2011
  • President's Merit Scholarship
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Inland County Legal Services Family Law Clinic
  • Family Law
  • 2016
  • Orange County Clean Slate Expungement Clinic
  • Expungements
  • 2015
  • Internships with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County at Chapman University School of Law
  • Internships with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (23)
Endorse Mary
Family Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary Melech is a bright, skilled and compassionate advocate. She is passionate about her work and goes above and beyond for her clients. Fierce in the courtroom, and empathetic and patient when she needs to be. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known her since she was in law school. She is bright and competent. She handles herself and her cases very professionally. I would recommend her to anyone needing legal services."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mary is one of the most gifted attorneys I have the pleasure of knowing. Mary's combination of superb writing ability and poise in the courtroom make her a remarkable asset to any firm and coveted advocate to clients. I highly recommend this rising star in the Souther California legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Melech is a very caring attorney and very knowledgeable in family law. Any client is very lucky to have Ms. Melech in their corner advocating on their behalf. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is a bright and aggressive advocate who works tirelessly for her clients. She is highly respected within the legal community and delivers great results for her clients. They are in good hands with Mary Melech. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mary is very bright and capable. She has a great understanding of the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mary Melech is a very approachable family law attorney. She cares about her clients."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Melech is a strong, detail oriented and talented lawyer. She is aggressive when she needs to be and a great advocate for her clients. I endorse Ms. Melech."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Smart. Tough. Friendly. There aren't enough positive adjectives to describe this attorney. Mary is a heck of a lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"An attorney with a great reputation inside and outside of the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mary Melech is a compassionate advocate for her clients and a skilled litigator with a strong attention to detail."
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Bismarck Government Lawyer Mary Elizabeth Melech
Mary Elizabeth Melech
Government Attorney
Bismarck, ND
Licensed for 12 years