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Melanie Elise Baillie

Family Attorney at Coeur D Alene, ID

4.5   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 4 years
    Minnesota - MN 7 years
    Idaho - ID 18 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2016
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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

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"There are no problems, only solutions."  Let us help you find solutions.  Although a hard hitting, and tough litigator, I am also compassionate and professional.  We can help.


James Vernon & Weeks
1626 Lincoln Way
Coeur D Alene, ID, 83814-2435

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Posted by Erika | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Compassionate
Melanie Baillie is a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer. With her help and guidance I was able to won my custody case, and secure a future for my daughter that was in her best interest. I highly recommend Melanie to anyone who is needing one of the most experienced, trustworthy and hardworking lawyers, especially in cases involving children. Even months after she continued to offer additional knowledge and expertise that related to my case. I will be forever grateful for her help and guidance with my custody case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Melanie and I worked together on a very difficult child custody case. She was outstanding and very organized. Her legal knowledge is, without question, top notch! She has a winning attitude and is not afraid to fight for her clients.
Posted by Doug | April 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
she totally saved me from catastrophe!
I was in a custody battle with my ex wife. Melanie was all over it! Always prepared and looking for the facts. Dominates the courtroom with her expertise. To the point, cut and dry. I will never use a different attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Not very happy with my divorce with Melanie who represented me. I asked her not to answer any questions from my ex who would call her wanting something explained regarding issues in the procedure. Any time he called her it racked up my fees. She had no business explaining anything to him as she represented me not him. He did not get an atty and I ended up paying for this. This was a tatic he was using on purpose to get back at me for filing for divorce. She continued to do so regardless of my request which added over $600 more to my atty fees. This was half way thru the divorce and I felt that she did not represent me as the one who hired her and did what she wanted regardless of my request. It still upsets me 3 years later. Be cautious of her integrity and make it clear who she represents and that it's not the other party.
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Response from Melanie Baillie December 18, 2023
Good Afternoon. I am sorry you were not 100% satisfied with my services. Since you have made this review as "anonymous," it is impossible for me to reach out to you to address your concerns and resolve any misunderstandings. I invite you to email or call me directly. I take my clients' satisfaction and confidence in me very seriously. If you do not believe I lived up to your expectations, I would like the opportunity to address it.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • James, Vernon & Weeks, PA
  • 2012 - Present


  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A


  • Idaho State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Past Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Admitted
  • 2005 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Idaho
  • Admitted
  • 2005 - Present
  • Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Advisory Committee
  • N/A
  • North Idaho College
  • Paralegal Advisory Committee
  • N/A
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Service Award
  • Idaho State Bar
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Idaho State Bar Annual Conference
  • Reunification in High Conflict Custody Situations
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Car accident Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity, on several occasions to work with, against and alongside Ms. Baillie. Melanie is an attorney with the utmost integrity and professionalism and treats each client and matter with a passion. I look forward to working with her in the future and would recommend her anytime."
General practice Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melanie is a very capable and talented lawyer. She is extremely smart and well reasoned in her approach to the law. Melanie balances the roles of advocate and professional providing clients the legal representation they deserve."
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Coeur D Alene Family Lawyer Melanie Elise Baillie
Melanie Elise Baillie
Family Attorney
Coeur D Alene, ID
Licensed for 18 years