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Melanie Rae Tardell

Family Attorney at Discovery Bay, CA

5.0   3 reviews

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Melanie was on a different life and career path when fate stepped in and the legal profession found her. After she overcame challenges of divorce and child custody, largely due to an attorney's advocacy, Melanie felt called to become an attorney herself. Her experience as a client gives her an insightful perspective on what clients face while her education provides an understanding of the legal attributes of each case. Having genuine empathy, a knack for research and writing, and a tenacious spirit, Melanie aims to advocate for and empower each client by helping them navigate their case and move beyond adversity.

Over the years, Melanie grew disheartened as she observed others' disappointment in their legal matters. Between wanting to offer people an improved legal experience and knowing that Big Law was not her path, Melanie was motivated to open a client-friendly law practice built on integrity, compassion, and accessibility. As a result, Signified Law was born.​

Melanie operates with a level-headed, balanced approach on delicate issues as she recognizes it doesn’t benefit a client to inflame an already adversarial situation. As the emotional and financial cost to the client tends to be greater the longer a case drags out in court, Melanie offers alternative solutions such as mediation and/or negotiation with the goal of settling matters more favorably and expeditiously out of court. Regardless of the strategy, her sole purpose is to lighten the client's load and protect their interests.

Licensed for 5 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 09/10/2022

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Signified Law
14850 Highway 4, Ste A # 236
Discovery Bay, CA, 94505


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Michael | September 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
Melanie is a professional and attentive lawyer. I recently hired her to assist me with legal matters involving my ex-employer. Within days they responded to her letter and met all of her demands. In my opinion, there is no one better.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
So helpful
Melanie was an incredible help to me during an extremely difficult time for me and my family. Melanie gave me sound legal counsel and encouraged me to take the steps I needed to to protect myself and my children. She responded in a timely manner and always showed the respect and restraint needed during this family ordeal. I would encourage anyone to seek Melanie for legal help or aid in your most desperate of times. She is amazing.
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Response from Melanie Tardell September 25, 2020
Thank you for your feedback! I am glad to have been able to help during a trying time and wish you all the best.
Posted by melanie | August 17, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
A very compassionate lawyer that everyone needs
Melanie Santos I had the pleasure to have Melanie's expertise as a lawyer. My whole experience with her was nothing but amazing. She made me feel like my case was important to her and took the time to answer every single question I had. When I had doubts, she made me feel at ease. I would recommend her for her outstanding demeanor and professional etiquette. She is an amazing lawyer that will fight by your side.
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Response from Melanie Tardell August 18, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a shining review. I am glad I was able to help in a time of need!


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Discovery Bay Family Lawyer Melanie Rae Tardell
Melanie Rae Tardell
Family Attorney
Discovery Bay, CA
Licensed for 5 years