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Melanie Faith Gardner-Pawlak

Family Attorney at Calabasas, CA

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
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At The Reape-Rickett Law Firm, our mission is to provide family law legal services that are second to none. We conduct ourselves in accordance with the highest ethical standards and are committed to providing quality services. Each firm member takes special care to understand the unique and individual concerns of our clients. Our team approach to each case ensures efficient and timely responses to simple or complex issues. We empower our clients with knowledge and information, enabling them to make reasoned and results-oriented decisions.


The Reape Rickett Law Firm
5010 N. Parkway Calabasas, Suite 100
Calabasas, CA, 91302
The Reape-Rickett Law Firm
2625 Townsgate Road, Suite 330
Westlake Village, CA, 91361
The Reape Rickett Law Firm
25152 Springfield Court, Suite 100
Valencia, CA, 91355
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Posted by Dave | July 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Professional and exceptionally fair!!!
When I first needed a lawyer to represent me in a frivolous restraining order suit, I went to Yelp and looked up attorney office's in my general area. After perusing the reviews, it was obvious that The Reape-Rickett Law Firm had phenomenal reviews from it's past clients. After using this fine organization, I can assure you that their five star rating is well earned and I feel comfortable knowing that, should I ever need their their type of services, I don't have to think twice about who to call. I was represented by Melanie Gardner-Pawlak . The initial retainer was fair and reasonable. Melanie was incredibly knowledgeable, always there to answer any question/s asked and most importantly, had a cool and calming effect on me personally. There were numerous occasions where Melanie set me straight when I would become irrational. Matt Breddan was also extremely nice and highly professional during our day in court. He and Melanie worked out the best possible solution to my issue. They also employ a top notch support staff that stays on top of every needed document, and is there to help you dot every i and cross every t! Most importantly, they did not chisel and nickel and dime me as most other attorneys that I have worked with in the past have done. In fact, there were several occasions where Melanie said "you don't want to do that as it will cost you money you don't need to spend"!! Amazing! And then, towards the end, she answered several minor questions per gratis, which left a small balance to my retainer. This is a highly professional group of effective and fair attorneys that I would most highly recommend!
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Posted by David | July 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent addition to Reape-Rickett Law Firm
Melanie was a sought after addition to the Reape-Rickett Law Firm due to her excellent work ethic and care and concern for her clients. She has a great talent for guiding clients through difficult times in their life. Welcome and thank you for adding your talents to the office!!
Posted by Joseph | November 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Ignores clients for LONG periods of time.
I have been a family law client of Melanie Gardner-Pawlak since October of 2014. Initially she was a responsive informative lawyer. Over the past year she has changed firms raised her prices significantly and become completely unresponsive. For the past 9 months my Ex-wife and I have been in agreement waiting for Melanie to finish the final judgement. Something she told me would take a couple weeks, and has not been completed for 9 months now. I have email and call her office roughly once a week, there doesn't seem to be any resolution in sight. She has been paid in full. I have had many business dealings with lawyers, this is by far the most frustrating and disappointing interaction with a lawyer I have ever had. Don't hire her unless you want to find yourself equally frustrated and disappointed.
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Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner - Owner
  • Law Office of Melanie Gardner-Pawlak
  • 2000 - 2016


  • Univ of LaVerne COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Family Attorney | Aug 15
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"I endorse this lawyer.An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
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"I endorse this lawyer."

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Calabasas Family Lawyer Melanie Faith Gardner-Pawlak
Melanie Faith Gardner-Pawlak
Family Attorney
Calabasas, CA
Licensed for 24 years