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Melissa Decker

Divorce and separation Attorney at Minturn, CO

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Melissa Decker, Melissa L. Decker

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    ODR Mediator for Divorce & Family (APR) lawsuits in Mesa County/JD 21.

  2. Criminal defense

  3. Mediation
    ODR Mediator for Domestic cases (Divorce/Family litigation) in Mesa County/JD21.

    18 years

  4. Bankruptcy and debt

  5. Wills and living wills

START FRESH. Getting capable legal help is the first step. Law for Locals, LLC helps clients resolve legal disputes efficiently and affordably.

Attorney Melissa Decker and Law for Locals, LLC understand the challenges and joys of Western Slope living. Attorney Decker's personal experience helps her bring a unique level of compassion to her clients' cases, whether they involve divorcing with dignity, resolving sticky parenting-related issues, starting/managing your own business, making sure your will and powers of attorney are up-to-date, or addressing sky-high medical and other consumer debts so often out-of-step with modest local wages.  Attorney Decker is third-generation lawyer with a top-flight education who prides herself on making sure her clients understand the law and how it applies to them.

Law for Locals, LLC specializes in bankruptcy, business law, divorce, family law (including child support, parenting time and all APR-related matters), criminal defense, trusts & estates, and wills.  Attorney Decker is a contract mediator with Colorado's Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) for court-ordered mediations in the 21st Judicial District and Mesa County courts.



Law for Locals, LLC
291 Main Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 504
Minturn, CO, 81645-0504

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Posted by Irene | April 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer
Melissa Decker handled my bankruptcy case so professionally. Her attention to detail and personal caring through the whole process made me feel at ease. I could not have had a better lawyer.
Posted by Kim | October 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Melissa handled our bankruptcy...she was wonderful! She had a clear set price and was personal and extremely helpful and hands on throughout. She is experienced and knows well all aspects of your case, is very thorough and follows up after everything with phone calls, emails and written communication. Plus as a bonus she was easy to talk to, has a great personality and we now consider her a friend. What a great service she provides in this area! She cares about her job and her clients. Well worth a drive!
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Posted by Mark | June 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Medical Bankruptcy
I am extremely fortunate to have found Melissa and have her represent me in my Medical Bankruptcy. I was scared to file but from the moment I contacted her she was pleasant, supportive, thorough, and made me feel much better about filing. I'm grateful to have found such a wonderful lawyer to represent my case and will be using her services again in the future whenever I need legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Law for Locals saved me thousands of dollars!
Melissa Decker is exceptional! Her level of professionalism and attention to detail are very hard to find these days. She kept in fantastic communication with me throughout the entire process. Her personal investment with all of this made it so much easier for me, she truly cares. My case had to do with unemployment claiming i was over paid last year which Melissa proved to be untrue with all of her research in to my employers at the time and the mistakes on their end with all of the numbers submitted incorrectly, etc. I was working very part time and collecting unemployment at the same time, it was so complicated but Melissa got to the bottom of it for me. She made the phone calls necessary when i did not know where to begin. She is beyond helpful and effective. Melissa saved me thousands of dollars when the decision came back from the State of Colorado it was their mistake not mine. I highly recommend Law for Locals and will absolutely request Melissa for any future legal needs and again, strongly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Jonathan | May 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce and mediation
She is honest and let me know what needs to be done. She was always available when I need her and answered all my questions. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Robert | February 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Updating Personal legal documents
I contacted Melissa following the death of my wife, to review and update my legal affairs. We redid my Will, Power of Attorney and added a Beneficiary deed to reflect my new status.She was great! No legal mumbo- jumbo. Straight forward, with a great sense of humor. Things were done in a timely manner and very reasonable.Go see her if you need legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
I consulted Ms. Decker with regard to information on bankruptcy. She was knowledgeable, thorough, and communicated clearly regarding my options and the risks and benefits.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-225 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner, Attorney & Mediator
  • Law for Locals, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Executive Director
  • Vail Valley Institute
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Staff Attorney, Public Land & Water Issues
  • Land & Water Fund of the Rockies (now Western Resource Advocates)
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Law Clerk for Justice Nancy Rice
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 1998 - 1999
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  • Training with Judy Mares-Dixon
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2007
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Stanford University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1994
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
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  • Vail Valley Business Women
  • Vice-President
  • 2016 - Present
  • Mountain Chapter of the Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member: JD5 (CDBA), JD9 & Mesa Bar Assocs.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Continental Divide Bar Association
  • Chair, Access to Justice Committee for the 5th Judicial District
  • 2013 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Harold Taft King Scholarship
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • 1997
  • Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy, P.C. Scholarship
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • 1996
  • Articles Editor of the Law Review
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • 1996
  • Departmental Graduate Fellowship
  • Stanford University
  • 1993
  • Distinction in the Major
  • Yale University
  • 1991
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  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center publication with Attorney Mark Silverman
  • Documentation for Mexican Suspension Cases
  • 1993
  • Stanford University's North America Forum Working Paper No. 22
  • Understanding Employer Sanctions: Effective Law or Political Ploy?
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Rural Resources Day, Eagle County Courts, Colorado
  • Pro bono advice for divorcing couples & parents
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Melissa
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Melissa Decker. I have worked with Melissa for several years now. She is knowledgable, honest and has a reasonable pricing structure for her clients."
Criminal defense

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Minturn Divorce and separation Lawyer Melissa Decker
Melissa Decker
Divorce and separation Attorney
Minturn, CO
Licensed for 26 years