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Melissa Morgan Williams

Divorce and separation Attorney at Austin, TX

4.8   14 reviews

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Austin Family Law Attorney Melissa Williams has a comprehensive understanding of Texas family law. For over 23 years, she has provided clients throughout the state with high-quality legal services. As a result, she has a comprehensive understanding of this complex area of law as well as a long track record of success. In fact, she is a board-certified family law attorney, meaning she is an expert in this practice area. Attorney Melissa Williams genuinely cares about her clients and will do everything she can to help you achieve your legal goals. Whether you are seeking alimony, trying to adopt, going through a divorce, or anything else, she and her legal team can assist you.  In both 2004 and 2005, she was named in Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠. She understands the many different aspects of family law and can guide you throughout every step of the way. 

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Licensed for 27 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1995
Updated 10/23/2022

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Melissa M Williams
1114 Lost Creek Boulevard
Suite 310
Austin, TX, 78746

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Posted by Melissa | May 4, 2022
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Trusted professional!
Let's face it- divorce is never easy! But, after losing my Dad, my sister and then hearing my husband of 25 years was leaving me for "someone else and/or just to find himself"...all within 6 months...I was a mess. I needed honest, straight forward advice that was in my best interest. I couldnt think clearly and was overwhelmed. But, after some time with Melissa, I got centered and ready for the next steps. She guided me kindly yet firmly. She thought of things I did not even consider. How? By being wise, understanding my needs, and positioning my case in such a way that I got all I wanted and more. During one of the darkest seasons in my life, Melissa Williams was the just the light I needed. If you need her help, she will be there. If you have questions or concerns she takes her time to be sure you are clear on the facts. If you are not thinking clearly, she has your back. And Marilyn, oh sweet calm Marilyn, will be the voice on the phone that will help any way she can. The office is amazing and I couldnt be more grateful for them both. From my experience, in the end, you will realize that Melissa Williams is a brillant professional that becomes a real friend.
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Posted by Phil | August 30, 2019
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Highly recommend without reservation!
Melissa did a fantastic job handling my divorce, and providing sage advice throughout the process. My situation was a little complicated, and the process took an extended period of time. Melissa was so supportive, and really provided me with the confidence I needed regarding my legal rights. She was also very responsive when situations arose that required a quick turnaround. I can’t thank Melissa enough for getting me through this.
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Posted by Ben | August 23, 2018
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Client
Melissa was my divorce attorney a few years ago. I couldn't have been more impressed with the knowledge, professionalism and guidance she provided. I give her my highest recommendation.
Posted by Tobias | December 23, 2017
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Best Attorney in Austin
Melissa Williams' competence, excellence, and compassion are unmatched. She represented me in a case where I wanted to settle out of court, but the case ended up going to court. She is the best of the best in both worlds. Melissa truly believes in helping her client and especially protecting children from the harm of a contentious divorce. Unlike other attorneys, she does not fan the flames just in order to rack up fees. If and when a case has to go to court, she is the most effective attorney I have ever seen. Melissa listened carefully and remembered everything, including details, and made suggestions that ultimately decided the positive outcome. Hiring Melissa was the best legal decision I have ever made.
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Posted by Mariza | August 31, 2017
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Melissa Williams
I was fortunate enough to have found Melissa while I was going through some difficult family law issues. From the start of this process Melissa was more than thorough at explaining all of my options regarding my case. Family law cases are often difficult to deal with on every level but Melissa made me feel at ease. My questions and concerns were immediately addressed and there was always an open line of communication. Navigating through the court system for individuals that have little to no experience can be overwhelming however Melissa exhibited a high level of professionalism while dealing with not only me but her peers as well. I had to unfortunately address a couple of child family law issues but I am happy to say that Melissa won them all. I would recommend Ms. Williams 100% to anyone requiring a tremendous family law attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2016
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Comapssionate and knowledgable
Melissa was extremely professional, compassionate and knows the law about divorces in Texas. She very much walked me through the process, her assistant was always available to answer questions as well. It was all done in ample time and fashion.
Posted by Sharma | January 22, 2016
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Review for Ms. Melissa Williams
Ms. Williams is wonderful, dedicated and very professional in every aspect. I really appreciate the brilliant job she did. Thanks for all her help and support throughout the entire process.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
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Melissa M. Williams - Top-notch Family Law Attorney
Melissa has been my Family Law attorney for many years, and she has represented me in two major custody suits. Melissa is a very strategic thinker, an ethical & honest attorney, an excellent communicator, and prudent with her client's financial resources. Melissa is a excellent litigator as well, where I have had litigation experience with her in the court room, and in mediated & arbitrated hearings. She is masterful with her arguments, witness examinations, and objections. Her team is excellent; they provide timely, accurate, sensible and relevant information & communications. Melissa and her team do a fantastic job preparing me for hearings & testimonies. Her and her team are very well organized. They are outstanding at their profession, and I have been grateful to have them represent my family's interests.
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Posted by Joey | February 23, 2015
The Best of the Best Attorney's in Austin
If you look up the definition of a First Class Attorney-Pro Family, Extremely Fair, Seasoned, Works Amazingly well under pressure in and out of the court room. She doesn't get into the drama nonsense like other attorneys and is worth her weight in Gold. I had an extremely tough divorce and Melissa was the calm through the storm and in the toughest time of my life. I have recommended her to anyone that has ever asked me; "Who is the Go To Attorney?" I say hands down it's Melissa-Look No Further.
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Posted by L Torres | December 16, 2014
Divorce is difficult enough, Melissa Genuinely cares about your outcome!
I found myself in a difficult divorce situation. My number one concern was my 14 month old son. I had met with 8 attorneys who informed me of my options and all pointed to the fact that the law is the law and that's the end of it. When I found Melissa it was different, she actually listened to my concerns and really had my sons best interest at the forefront. I had finally found someone who genuinely understood my concerns and let me have a voice. It is so hard to find good people this day in age, Melissa Williams is one of them! If you are looking for someone to be your advocate, Melissa is your best bet! My son and I will be forever grateful for Melissa working hard for us.
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Posted by Erik | May 2, 2013
Melissa Williams - recommended for difficult family law situations
Melissa Williams did a wonderful job for me and my family in a difficult situation. She was both understanding and supportive. Her knowledge and ability to explain nuance were of great use to me. When it came to the execution of the legal activity Melissa was both strong yet flexible. I would recommend her wholeheartedly and if I have need, would gladly retain her again.
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Posted by PJ | April 24, 2013
Melissa Morgan Williams Review
Melissa is very professional, understanding, reliable, patient (with her clients), and calm in a crisis. She is very dedicated to her clients and relentlessly pursues the besy course of action for each situation. Divorce is such a jarring, life changing process and knowing you have a great lawyer like Melissa in your corner gives you one less huge thing to worry about. I trust her completely and trust her confidentiality and deligence to act in my best interest... at all times. She gets it done!
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Posted by PJ | April 24, 2013
Melissa Morgan Williams Review
Melissa is very professional, understanding, patient, and calm in the midst of surrounding crisis. I trusted her and still do. Divorce is a very emotional jarring experience, but she made it go as smoothly as possible. It was her guidance and professionalism that helped me through the roughest times. Having a great lawyer in your corner gives you one less big thing to worry about during this life changing process. She gets the job done and fights for her clients.
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Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2016
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Well....
My case was different than any regular case because I wasn't battling a parent, I was battling a grandparent (who is not so friendly). I expressed my concerns to Melissa, and told her everything that I could remember/recent and she reassured me that this case would get swept across the rug (dismissed or little to no time). OK. I was confident, until Court because we definitely found out who was boss and my evidence wasn't used (whether she found that it was relevant or not) At recess,I expressed to her that I was going to lose, sure enough the worst happened. My daughter, 2 year old daughter has to see a woman whom she doesn't not know and has no bond with on a co parenting visitation (some parents don't even get what she got). She failed at my representation and my situation has been hell ever since (thank God it was only a temporary hearing). Best part is, my representation, JUDGED me over things that I simply forgot (error on my part) and used things that me and her discussed in CONFIDENCE (attorney-client relationship) and used it against me (I'm a widow. Lost my husband 8 months ago) and blamed ME for the relationship that caused this matter. I was already upset following court , but I became more upset with her phone call. As a lawyer, they are supposed to defend you till the end. I didn't get that treatment, She was stern with me, but it came to court, she was very quite and timid. I was EMBARRASSED! Again, I partly blame my self by going with the first lawyer who looked good on paper. As a divorce lawyer, she may be great. If you are looking for some one to represent you on something other than divorce, look Elsewhere. A part of me felt bad, because I started looking for another lawyer 3 days after court because I cant take anymore chances with this case. My mistake was picking a lawyer whom was out of town (naive me; I've never been to court before, so I didn't think that mattered) and the fact that her last grandparents rights case was a mere 20 years ago. Bottom line, I learned an expensive lesson. This is why I gave her a FAIR rating because it was partly my fault, but poor on a attorney-client relationship level.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board Certified Family Law Attorney
  • Melissa M Williams
  • 1995 - Present

Education

  • University of Texas
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Texas Permian Basin
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1990

Associations

  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Founding Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Travis County Family Law Advocates
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Young Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2005
  • Top Young Attorneys in Texas
  • Texas Monthly
  • 2004
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Essentials
  • Demystifying Tax Returns
  • 2014
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Spring Conference
  • The Appeal of a Collaborative Case
  • 2011
  • IACP Annual Conference
  • The Appeal of a Collaborative Case
  • 2010
  • Advanced Family Law Course
  • Case Autopsy - A Challenging Collaboration
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (24)
Endorse Melissa
Adoption Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa an outstanding lawyer. I highly recommend her for family law cases, particularly collaborative cases."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledge, experienced and professional."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a top flight family lawyer and I am proud to endorse her."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Melissa. We have practiced in the same community for many years and Melissa is consistently prepared, efficient and effective. She is well regarded by her clients and other lawyers."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a skilled attorney, and a well-qualified family law practitioner. She is an asset to the legal community. I whole-heartedly endorse Melissa."
Adoption Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa is a talented attorney that advocates for her clients to help them achieve their goals. She has integrity and looks out for her client's best interests."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Melissa. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is pretty, smart and works hard to get you results."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer as one who is a specialist in their field and highly recommend."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Williams offers excellent advice and demonstrates keen knowledge and understanding of family law matters."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Melissa Williams. Active member in the Avvo community posting outstanding legal answers for people seeking help. An asset to the legal industry."
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