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Melissa Jane Shields Storch

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   2 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

Virtual consultation available

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%

  3. Family
    25%
    Collaborative Law, uncontested, amicable, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

    21 years

  4. Mediation
    20%
    Family Law

  5. Estate planning
    3%
    Simple wills, trusts

    21 years

  6. Probate
    2%
    Probate Administration

    21 years

COLLABORATIVE, COOPERATIVE SOLUTIONS TO DIFFICULT FAMILY LAW ISSUES.
Licensed for 20 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 03/19/2023

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

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Storch Law Group, PLLC

Reviews

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Posted by Erin | March 3, 2015
Client
I was very lucky that a good friend recommended Melissa Storch's services for assisting me with my divorce. Melissa was an excellent advocate for exploring all avenues in drafting a fair settlement. My sister and a close friend told me that I would end up hating my lawyer when my divorce was final. I can happily state that I feel very satisfied with Melissa's services and heartily recommend her if you want to pursue a cooperative or collaborative divorce.
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Posted by Melissa | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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My review is for the specific purpose of recommending Melissa Storch as a Collaborative attorney . I heard her speak eight years prior to hiring her and was so impressed I wrote her name and phone number in my contacts in case I would ever need her . And when I did need her and hired her I was right away put at ease in the midst of my despair knowing I was in the best of hands . She is highly intelligent and disarmingly equipped to take on what I would consider one of the more complex of cases . While she is a great listener I was impressed with the larger perspective she conveyed to me and I felt secure by her experience , intellect and attention to the matter at hand . Without sounding cryptic , no matter what is going on in your marriage if you decide to get a divorce try Melissa Storch If it is at all possible . A lot of people are not aware of the benefits of this process but it is like the Mayo Clinic of divorce . Melissa Storch has the presence of the consummate professional while at the same time helping you feel like you have the security of sitting with a true friend . Not to discount her education , intellect or experience yet all of this is given to you as a client with an extra comfort . Nothing is harder than going through the divorce process in my experience but if you HAVE to go through it like I did I would recommend Melissa hands down because of my own experience . And it has been five months since I last worked with her and I am still sitting here writing this because of the impact she had in my life .
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Never
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Storch Law Group, PLLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Development Director
  • PeaceTrees Vietnam
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Sheldon Aronson
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Legal Assistant
  • Detlefsen Law Office
  • 1996 - 1997
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Education

  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Associations

  • Washington Collaborative Law
  • Member/Lawyer
  • 2017 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • International Justice Mission
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Secti
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018

Publications

  • Website
  • Why Collaborative Law?
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Secti
  • Washington State Bar Association Annual Meeting Participant
  • 2022
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2013
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2012
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2011
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2010
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2009
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Family, Collaborative Law, Mediation
  • 2008
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Family, Collaborative Law, Mediation
  • 2007
  • Divorce Recovery Workshop
  • Family, Collaborative Law, Mediation
  • 2006
  • Starting a Law Practice
  • Successfully Building a Law Practice
  • 2004
  • Landmark Forum in Action
  • Transformation and Empowerment
  • 2004
  • Landmark Forum in Action
  • Transformation and Empowerment
  • 2003
  • Landmark Forum in Action
  • Transformation, Empowerment
  • 2002
  • Money
  • Transformation
  • 2001
  • Excellence
  • Transformation and Achievement
  • 2001
  • Effectiveness
  • Transformation, Results
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Melissa
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've worked with Melissa Shields Storch on many collaborative and cooperative cases. She is professional, caring and kind. She advocates for her client, but is always willing to consider other options and ideas. I find her a pleasure to work with and a good attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa and I have had numerous Collaborative and cooperative cases together. Melissa is always a strong advocate for her client while maintaining a high level of professionalism and courtesy. I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa is everything you would want in a divorce lawyer: smart, compassionate, a strong advocate and creative problem solver. I refer cases to her regularly and recommend her highly!"
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Family member
"Divorce doesn't have to mean disaster and with Melissa's peacemaking capabilities it may even mean workable relationships are still possible! Having worked with her on a case as well as co-parenting our two children together have given me unique appreciation for her capacity for empathy as well as her zealous advocacy for her clients. Especially where children are involved, even though the parents may end their marriage, they will always have a relationship with each other as parents. How do you want your relationship with your ex spouse to work? If the divorce is a disaster then your ongoing relationship will be too. Even though Melissa is my wife, I still would hire her if I were getting divorced. She is whip smart, emotionally wise, and a dedicated not just to her client's outcomes - but those of the family as well."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an extremely competent, caring and talented collaborative law attorney. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Divorce is never easy, but Melissa Shields Storch is one of those rare family law attorneys who cares both for her clients and the process. Her focus is on collaborative divorce, a method where the parties work together to reach an amicable result. I have referred clients to Melissa and recommend her highly."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa Shields Storch is one of those rare attorneys who combine compassion with being an advocate. Divorce is never easy, but Melissa seeks to ease the negative impact of a divorce on the family, particularly any children. At the same time, she is a strong stand for her clients and ensures that any settlement is fair and appropriate. On a personal level, she is a warm, caring, funny and intelligent person who is a delight to spend time with."
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Bellevue Divorce and separation Lawyer Melissa Jane Shields Storch
Melissa Jane Shields Storch
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 20 years
Virtual consultation available