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Michelle Ane Melen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Redwood City, CA

5.0   13 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michelle

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Michelle Melen practices family law in the Redwood City area. Her office is next to Woodside Plaza Shopping Center and has convenient access to the 280 freeway. She is a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

She received her J.D. from Whittier Law School in 2010. She was a member of the Whittier Law Review. During law school, she worked to help children get the special education services they needed in school in Whittier's Special Education Clinic.

Prior to law school, Michelle worked as a litigation paralegal. Michelle graduated from Willamette University with a B.A. in Politics, where she was a recipient of the Haynes Mc Hale scholarship award.

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Law Office of Michelle A. Melen
1690 Woodside Road.
Suite 114
Redwood City, CA, 94061


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Posted by Vaibhav | March 30, 2013
Amazing person and excellent lawyer...
Going through divorce is not easy for anyone especially when your ex-spouse creates so many issues unnecessarily. I was totally heartbroken and shocked at the same time to see how my ex behaved. I was served with the divorce papers and was looking for attorney to respond and boy I'm so glad that I found Michelle. I called her and discussed my case with her. She was so patient and listened to me for a while and then explained me the whole process. She then came to meet me the next day and gave me some paperwork to sign (her retention agreement) and started on the case. She prepared the required documentation in no time and sent to me on email. As I travel extensively, she co-operated with me and always was there whenever I needed her advise. She is straightforward, trustworthy and very knowledgeable. She always kept me in the loop whenever she responded to my ex's attorney and always called me / texted me with the updates. She also helped me with my 401k plus split (QDRO) even though she is not an expert on that. She was always there to help whatever it was. I'm now completely done with my case and moved on in my life and I'm fully satisfied the way Michelle handled my case. Her charges are very nominal and the best in the industry. I highly recommend her and would anytime hire her again if needed. She is person you need on your side during divorce. Regards Vaibhav
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Posted by Stephanie | September 2, 2014
Very Impressed
I called Michelle for a consult - she was immediately responsive and provided thorough and excellent advice. She even recommended a very cost-effective way to handle my case instead - at detriment to herself. I was very impressed.
Posted by Andrea | March 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Attorney I've Ever Had Represent Me
Let me start off this review saying that Michelle Melen is the best Family Law/Divorce Attorney I've had represent me since my divorce in 2016; previously I went through two other divorce attorneys in four years. Recently, I was back in family court due spousal relocation from the 2020 pandemic; we were ordered to a court evaluation and through the process had a number of court hearings and countless negotiations. Through it all Michelle represented me better than any of my previous attorneys, she was professional, thorough, firm; I honestly could trust her through the entire process. In family court, things become emotional quickly and during the pandemic things can become even more emotional between parties. I'm beyond grateful to have Michelle represent me. She fought for me, while being open and honest throughout my case. I feel like she is very well respected in the court room. Michelle was always available to contact. I simply cannot say enough positive things about Michelle Melen. If you need a divorce or family law attorney, you will want her to be on your team.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Michelle is amazing, professional and caring. She was a life saver for me!!
The initial consultation was a clear, concise and helpful insight in what I was facing legally with my case. I talked with a few attorneys. (One f them was very expensive.) But I liked her the most. She was very knowledgeable and honest. Thanks to her advice, I have happy life with my child now. Michelle is caring and truly looking out for your best interest. If you're in need of an attorney, I highly recommend hiring Michelle Melen.
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Posted by Keren | March 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10 Stars
10 Stars !!! Thank you so much Michelle for your expertise in assisting me in navigating through the divorce process. Thank you for being responsive to all of my questions and concerns even during off hours. She simplified the legal jargon and assisted me in every step of my divorce. I thank you! I highly recommend Michelle!
Posted by Stephanie | August 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response/Divorce question
I called to ask about recourse, after my divorce, for an undisclosed item. Michelle called back within 10 minutes and spent time discussing even though it was a Washington case that she most likely could not assist with. This is dedication and professionalism at it's best. Thank you Michelle.
Posted by Zee | June 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Michelle is a very intelligent and caring attorney. My case was very complex and Michelle was very quick to file all the paper work. She accomplished everything that I wanted done in my case, and got a final judgement in my favor. She was very patient and supportive though the process and takes the time to get to know her clients. She was very fast to respond to questions I had thought out my case. It’s hard to find an attorney that is so dedicated to help their clients in such a caring way as Michelle did. I would definitely recommend Michelle to other people.
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Posted by Brian Hansen | November 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
awesome attorney
Michelle listened patiently during our consultation, gave solid and practical advice, and helped me feel heard and understood while also guiding me see multiple sides of the situation and be more flexible. She also struck me as being a very good person.
Posted by Angela | February 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I wish I could give SIX stars
I absolutely, and very highly, recommend Michelle. I really wish I could give her six stars. She made a very daunting, scary and stressful situation (filing for divorce) very manageable and doable. I appreciate how flexible she was with scheduling (and also her prompt response time). She patiently explains things step-by-step, and she was the most affordable lawyer I found. I could feel with each interaction we had that she truly cares about her clients. If anyone comes to me and asks if I know a good family law attorney, there is no doubt that I will tell them, “Michelle Melen… all the way.”
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Posted by Sam | January 7, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attention to details, very impressed.
I had initial consultation with Michelle Melen, she asked the right questions, listened carefully, was very quick to understand the situation and explained in great detail about the problem I'm in, and how to approach it. I was seeking advice regarding false TRO/DV case that was filed by my wife. Since I'm on visa and decided to quit my job, the problem become more complex to solve. Michelle Melen walked me through the approach to take with great care and undivided attention. I would definitely hire her in the future. If you need any advice regarding family law and you live in San Mateo County, I highly recommend this attorney.
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Posted by Peter | October 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce - Made a little easier.....
No divorce is ever easy but in my case Michelle Melen made that process just a little easier. Michelle was always available either in person or over the phone and gave advice that was easy to understand and to follow. Above all Michelle was professional, courteous and very patient with me, throughout what was a very difficult time. It is because of this I have no hesitation in recommending her services.
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Posted by Masha | December 17, 2014
Great and Intelligent Lawyer
Michelle is and has been a true Blessing to my Divorce and Custody Case. She is very available and there for you. I'm so very glad that she absolutely took on my difficult case and stayed optimistic. She is extremely intelligent and knows the Law. She always followed through and was very punctual. She was also accommodating as I live in San Jose and her office is in Redwood City. Many times she would meet me halfway. She always kept me informed either by phone , email, or both. She has a great personality as well. I would absolutely recommend her.
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Posted by Jennet | July 20, 2014
Child Custody Battle
I recommend Michelle Melen to handle family law cases. I replaced my first lawyer with Michelle and I was very happy I chose her. Her rate was one half lower and she was more attentive to my case. I can call and talk to her anytime. English is my second Language. Michelle has a lot of patience, explaining to me, coaching before mediation. I was able to get 50/50 custody of my child with child support and spousal support even though the judge had already granted temporary full custody of my child by my husband. If I did not get Michelle as my lawyer, I probably would not have got what I wanted. Thank you Michelle. Jennet.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michelle A. Melen
  • 2011 - Present


  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Willamette University
  • BA
  • 2005


  • Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula
  • Past President
  • 2023 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maitri
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Pro Bono Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Mentee
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star Award
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Wills and Trusts
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • 2010
  • Dean's List
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2010


  • Whittier Law Review
  • Staff Member
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Single Parents Group
  • Family Law Q&A
  • 2020
  • Team Castilleja
  • High School Mock Trial Coach
  • 2017

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Redwood City Divorce and separation Lawyer Michelle Ane Melen
Michelle Ane Melen
Divorce and separation Attorney
Redwood City, CA
Licensed for 12 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available