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Melissa Ann Kelly

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lenexa, KS

3.8   17 reviews

also known as Melissa Kelly Schroeder

Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 24 years
    Kansas - KS 27 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    70%
    Divorce with and without children, high net worth, military, high conflict, and uncontested

    29 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    High conflict child custody matters, paternity actions, abuse/neglect cases

    29 years

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

    29 years

Melissa Kelly Schroeder is the sole practitioner of The Kelly Law Firm L.L.C. and has been practicing law for over 20 years. In 2000, she founded The Kelly Law Firm L.L.C. in Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas and handles family law and criminal defense. Melissa is commited to providing her clients with the high qualty and ethical representation by knowing when to use a conciliatory or a more aggressive approach to litigation in order to meet her client's objecives.

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Location

The Kelly Law Firm
11900 W. 87th Street Parkway
Suite 250
Lenexa, KS, 66215

Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Attorney in town!
Wow! how and where do I begin about this amazing hidden attorney in kansas? A little background first: I had one of the worst experiences of my life when i got into a situation where i had to seek a dismissal of marriage but due to my old attornery's lack of knowledge and greed, he dragged my 60 or less even day marriage for over a year!! He dragged me on to believe he will get annulment and took a retainer and then never acted professionally. He dragged my case from April 2021 to Feb 2022. An extremely lazy, unprofessional, rude attorney who wouldn't reply back to emails or calls! Blaming opposing counsel for delays and seeking more money was the reason we parted ways! (Will disclose name if Melissa allows else will be writing a detailed review on the attorney very soon) This is where Melissa, my guardian angel comes in. I approached her and from the very start she was extremely nice, loving and someone who listened to my situation and gave me the best counsel i have received on my case. She took my case on 22nd February and by 7 March 2022 I was done. She was straight forward with her advice on how long it would take and any legal implication I could face. She would reach out to me her self and was very responsive. She guided me like a professional but more so reached out to me on a human level and understood the urgency of getting this matter sorted at the earliest and most cost effective way. I thank her from the bottom of my heart and would not only recommend her to others but also would love to stay in touch with her over the years! May god Bless her so she continues helping provide assistance to all in need.
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Posted by Jill Taussig | January 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and AMAZING
I hired Melissa for my divorce/custody case. She was amazing as she led me through a process I have never been down. She made me feel comfortable, and made my wants and needs priority to her. I still continue to use Melissa to this day!
Posted by Amanda | April 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, dedicated and honest
I cannot express how grateful I am to have had Melissa Kelly as my attorney. From our first conversation, I felt compassion and a true sense of security. Melissa agreed to take my difficult divorce case, after I was disappointed in my previous attorney. Melissa, Yvette and Katherine did an amazing job keeping me informed and preparing me for court. They were straight to the point and were very prompt in returning my emails and calls. I will forever be grateful for all of their time and hard work they put into my case. Melissa definitely went to battle for me. Without a doubt, I would recommend the Kelly Law Firm, L.L.C. to anyone in search of an outstanding attorney and team. Thank you! Amanda Zager
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Posted by AnaMaria | February 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, prepared and exceptional!
Melissa is the best! She is a partner in the fight against the unjust, she is in the battle with you and for you. When we were up against a difficult case (to say the least), Melissa handled it with grace and confidence. She had our case at the forefront of her mind, always keeping the children’s best interest at heart. She was our council, advisor and our advocate. She kept us sane when we felt the weight of the world upon us. Melissa won our case, crushing opposing council not once but twice, and saved our children from what would have been an unhealthy environment. We will never be able to thank her enough for all she has done for us. If you need an honest lawyer with the utmost integrity and compassion, look no further than Melissa Kelly!
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Posted by Ivan | November 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your guiding light...yes, really.
When I was served with divorce, I was shocked, saddened, lost and devastated, just like many others I'm sure. To say confused is an understatement. I phone interviewed 3 attorneys and Melissa clearly stood out. She actually met me on a weekend to understand my situation! Her calm demeanor, ethical nature, excellent ear and ability to take a very complex problem and simplify it made me much easier to understand what path makes most sense, resulting in a calmer state. She responds with the appropriate levels to a need for the situation. That trust she built never waivers, always working in your and the kiddos best interest of the situation. Because of all the complexities of child custody and divorce, following her advice and direction has resulted in best situational outcomes but you need to let her lead the situation as she quite frankly, does know best. Costs have always been clearly detailed. Although not cheap, you get what you pay for and with dividends. Need to consider this is an investment in your and the kids future not just a transaction for the moment to get divorced, keep that in mind. Don't overthink this part, give her a chance, you won't regret it.
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Response from Melissa Kelly December 4, 2019
It has been my pleasure to assist you and your family.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Polite, honest, and dedicated representation
Melissa Schroeder is unique of sorts - A small law firm that she owns, and two magnificent paralegals. Melissa did more for me in 3 Motion filings than the last 2 counsels I had on my family case and she delivered results. Anyone knows that a Small Business is typically 5 employees or less and given she is about an office of 3 employees that are working diligently (from my own experience) with pleadings, conference calls, court hearings, depositions, and who knows what else I'd say for the amount of people they are doing a great job. A mention was made of billing issues - Well, the saying is true - "You pay for what you get." As for office door being locked - Did one ever think to call and schedule a time to meet with counsel or the paralegals? I've been to Melissa's office twice but I always was thoughtful in setting up a date/time ahead of time by sending a simple email. You will find many lawyers in Johnson County but you will only find a few that actually care about the best interests of your children and you the client. Melissa is someone I am proud to have had involved in my case and consider her to be a great person.
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Response from Melissa Kelly December 4, 2019
Thank you so very much for trusting me with your matter.
Posted by Joey | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Aggressive Representation, and Caring
Melissa Schroeder is certainly a top notch Family Law Attorney in Johnson County. She is very passionate, professional, experienced and extremely skilled at what she does. Her counsel and expertise have proven to be so very valuable. Anyone who has found themselves facing divorce / custody battles knows that it is one of the most difficult, devastating, confusing times of your life. Having an attorney that I can talk to, one of such high caliber helping me to navigate through these rough waters has allowed me to breathe and sleep a little easier. My case has been a very difficult one and Attorney Melissa Schroeder has been very supportive, calculated, proactive, and helpful. I am very grateful for all of the hard work that Melissa and her amazing staff have done. If you are looking for the very best , Attorney Melissa Schroeder is it......The Very Best !!!
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Response from Melissa Kelly December 4, 2019
I am fortunate to have a job that I am passionate about. Thank you for allowing us to assist you.
Posted by Lisa | May 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Melissa is EXCELLENT! She is caring, understanding, and passionate about helping her clients! She does her job well and the results have been very positive. I appreciate that she is prompt in responding to me and keeps me up to date on the progress of my case. I am so glad that she is my attorney; I do not know where we would be without her!
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Posted by Charlie | December 3, 2014
Not Just Charming - Highly Competent Too!!
Melissa is the best! She knows the law and procedures so well that she has consistently come up with great, effective options/assets/cards to play at every turn, more than any other attorney I've even heard of. But more than that, she is discerning. She looks before she leaps. She will analyze a situation closely and with patience, noting its idiosyncrasies before jumping to rash actions. She has kept me from doing things that might have won a battle but very possibly lost the war multiple times. She won't make you look flaky by trying far-fetched or thinly-rooted strategies and just hoping the court will buy it (or that the other side will be cowed into relenting), the way some attorneys do. When she makes a move, it is on solid ground. I guess I should also say that Melissa's first and favored option seems to be to cooperate with the other side and come up with a mutually acceptable agreement at the least possible expense and with the least possible destructive battling - which is admirable and of course desirable. My situation didn't offer that option, but she did try that avenue first and give it more than a couple of chances to take hold. Melissa was my 3rd attorney on my initial case - in which I was in bad, bad shape - and she turned the whole thing around to a point that the ultimate judgment gave me even more than I was asking. The other side appealed, and Melissa defeated that very quickly and decisively. The other side came at us again with another case, and Melissa handled that wonderfully too. In the end, the other side settled with an agreement that was even more solid legally than our initial situation, and was on better terms than I probably should have even hoped for when it started. Melissa is the best!!
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Posted by Paul | November 6, 2014
Does everything expected of a great attorney and more
Melissa is a very passionate, hard-working attorney. What set her apart from other attorneys is she took a special interest in me and my family on a personal level. She was able to build a strong case and delivered compelling arguments in the courtroom. She also demonstrated a strong attention to detail and was able to capitalize on this trait to represent me in the best possible way. I highly recommend Melissa Ann Kelly as an attorney for any family court case.
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Posted by Matt | November 5, 2014
excellent
I have been a client of Melissa for, oh, going on 10yrs now. put it this way, I wouldn't want to be the person on the other side, ,Melissa may be the sweetest person outside of court but reminds me of my ex-wife in court.
Posted by Nathan | November 9, 2014
Review of Melissa Kelly
Melissa Kelly conducts her law practice with integrity, competence, courtesy, responsiveness, and professionalism. 1, Ms. Kelly listens well to her clients, advises what she can and cannot provide, and acts promptly. Since our first consultation, she has quickly understood which legal options were available to me and proceeded directly on the option that we agreed together to pursue. She does not deviate from her agreement with the client. And during no part of the case has she wasted time with small talk. 2. In every engagement, Ms. Kelly has demonstrated the utmost respect to me in addition to keeping focus on my case. Actions with the court and me were consistently timely and complete. 3. Ms. demonstrated for me integrity with honesty. She not only fought for her client but also fought for her principles for doing the right thing.
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Posted by David | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good skillset but either doesn't care or too busy
I waited a long time to post reviews as I wanted to think about feedback and be fair. I think Melissa is a decent attorney with a good legal skillset but I think she has too many clients and/or I was just another matter. I hired Melissa for my Divorce matter as a family recommendation, at first she was very helpful before I was a client but after I was a client was a different story. Given I had made some personal errors during the time of the matter but I at no time had no idea what her legal strategy was, I just saw that after a couple months, her and her paralegals had burned through the retainer extremely fast with really no results, no communication on what was going on, when I emailed questions I was charged left and right in some cases 15min for an email that took 5 min to write. I still have no idea what was discussed with opposing counsel, I've only heard bits and pieces from my ex. I nearly lost my job in this matter due to covid and work from home and a home I was not allowed in and nobody cared in the matter. In the end, I had to negotiate the settlement myself with my ex. When I sent it to Melissa she emailed opposing council to say "our clients have gone rogue" after the holidays I didn't have much more money left, I paid her $500 to just read and review the agreement, she didn't communicate back with me, 2 weeks later when I followed up she demanded I pay 2k more on the retainer, I borrowed that and I'm really not sure where that retainer went, she did make some edit to the agreement but also put that it was against her recommendation on the agreement and I assumed that was that, then she still sent me a bill for $1400 more. Her office made an error on the child support worksheet, to her credit when this was brought up she did make a phone call to the trustee. This was a terrible time in my life and I feel my trust was misplaced and used as a money making opportunity, I was a matter and nothing more. I feel Melissa may be better suited in a Firm instead of a sole attorney in a practice
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Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very promising during intake, but fades off after a month or two. Stay away.
She promised moon , stars doing intake. Took a month to send the first email. Burnt most of my retainer to get everything opposing legal counsel wanted, through her robotic paralegals. then withdrawn citing health or mother surgery , some such reason. She did zero defense, when there were false accusations. I would rather plead my spouse, to reconcile than working with these hypocrites. Stay away.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ten foot pole
She is dishonest as they come. She promises to help the abused yet further continues the abuse by not responding, not doing her job, charging for not doing her job, and talking down to you. They never answer their phone and communicate back with you at their discretion. She is too busy (greedy) to give anyones case her full attention. If you want to throw your money down the drain and have your case ignored, hire Melissa! If you want to have to call them to ask them if they're doing their job and then get charged for that phone call, by all means, call Melissa. I bet, though, if you have a domestic violence case or are trying to keep your kids safe, you are looking for someone who will fight for you. Your kids are worth it. Your money is worth it. She advertises to the demographic of people who do not deserve to be treated like this, because they have already been treated like this and are trying to get away from abuse. There are good attorneys out there. Save your mental health and your money and go elsewhere.
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Response from Melissa Kelly July 27, 2022
These comments are deeply troubling. We have a full time receptionist staff and our phones are answered from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In the event of an after hours emergency, if someone in need leaves a voicemail message, real time alerts are received via cell as well as via email. We pride ourselves on accurate billing. If anyone ever has an issue with an entry on a billing statement (which is actually quite rare), we address the issue and make any necessary corrections. My passion and my life’s work has and continues to be helping those in need. My staff is beyond dedicated, often reaching out to clients after hours and on weekends, simply because they are concerned about someone’s well being. Lastly, our firm does not advertise as this commentator tried to assert. The vast majority of clients are referrals from previous clients, other attorneys and professionals in the area.
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Posted by Andrew | January 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible
Absolutely horrible great way to waste your money and good luck getting them to return a phone call however she will go ahead and quit mid way through a case
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look Elsewhere Too many Better Options
Very disappointed with her representation. Basically got billed for many hours with nothing to show for it. Many times tried to drop off paperwork and the office was closed and locked in the middle of the day. To this day, the paperwork I dropped off I never received back after I found new representation. Looking through my billing statement was actually funny because hours were charged for services I never received. Highly suggest looking a different direction with your hard earned money. I'm out thousands of dollars with literally nothing to show for it.
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Response from Melissa Kelly December 4, 2019
I am saddened to see your comments. There are five staff members in the office and someone is usually there from early in the morning to late in the evening. Nevertheless, we always tell our clients to set an appointment so we can be prepared and make the most out of any meeting. As for billing statements, they are very detailed and if ever an error is brought to our attention we fix it. Finally, whenever documents are requested by a client they are provided. I would love the opportunity to address these concerns with the reviewer as we always strive to take excellent care of our clients and their families.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Kelly Law Firm L.L.C.
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • Washburn University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Kansas State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Associations

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Melissa
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had a number of interactions with Ms. Kelly over the years. I find her to be highly competent and interactive. I am happy to endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Melissa for many years and had the pleasure of woking with her on Family Law cases over the years. I find her to be kind as a person as well as skillful and effective as a lawyer. I would recommend her to anyone."
Divorce and separation
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Lenexa Divorce and separation Lawyer Melissa Ann Kelly
Melissa Ann Kelly
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lenexa, KS
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available