|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Services Honoree (Inaugural)||Columbia Legal Services||2012|
|Pro Bono Attorney of the Year||King County Bar Association||2006|
|Unsung Hero||Urban League - Seattle-King County||2005|
|Volunteer Attorney of the Year||King County Bar Association||2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Northwest Consumer Law Center||Board Member and Litigation Supervisor||2012 - Present|
|Consumer Education and Training Services (CENTS)||Board Member||2006 - Present|
|National Association of Consumer Advocates||N/A||2001 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Seattle/King County Coalition for Responsible Lending, PLACE sub-committee||Chair||N/A|
|Seattle/King County Coalition for Responsible Lending||Member||2002 - 2006|
|Bain v. MERS, et al.||MERS is not a beneficiary under the WA DTA.|
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|American Bar Association publication||A Brief Primer on Fighting Predatory Lending Practices||2005|
|King County Bar Association||Consumer Law Clinic Formed at Seattle University||2005|
|King County Bar Association||Fraud for Lawyers and/or Fools||2004|
|King County Bar Association||Profile: Ivan Orton||2003|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of California - Fullerton||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|King County Bar Association CLE||How to Spot a Foreclosure Rescue Scam: Keeping Your Client from Getting Taken||2008|
|Kinja Real Estate Education||Identify and Prevent Real Estate/Mortgage Fraud||2005|
Posted by anonymous
Mellissa represented me in what should have been a major predatory lending case involving several companies. In a nut shell she failed and I believe profited from this failure. She missed EVERY deadline for my suit. Agreed without consulting me to let case go from Superior court to federal court, Allowed the documents to be attorney eyes only, the list goes on. But the Judge final motion told it all- I lost, why: Missed All discovery, filed no motions, failed to even ask for damages...WHAT that's why you file a case because you have been damaged. Curiously enough after my case, she was able to move from a basement shared office into her very expensive office.
Posted by anonymous
We were referred to Melissa Huelsman from our bankruptcy attorney. Our lender had denied our 2nd attempt to modify and was preparing for foreclosure.
At our first meeting she was very knowledgeable and very up front to the pros and cons of litigation/mediation and the costs. She took the time to understand where we were at the time and what our end goal was. That was in 2012.
The initial servicer, in mediation #1, came unprepared and completely flippant as to everyone's time in the room. Melissa new the questions to ask so all could see this person representing the servicer, 1, had no authority and 2, had no desire to find the person who did have authority. We parted frustrated, but Melissa had a plan.
2nd mediation, again the servicer would not provide the documents required under Washington State law. Melissa swooped in and asked some very clever questions, to which the servicer came back and basically said, yea, we know but we decided we don’t want to. At that point (after much banter) and the mediators continually asking, if the servicer knew they were not acting in good faith, the meeting was over. The servicer got a complaint filed against them to Washington State. (Which we didn't know would assist us in the future.)
We were frustrated but Melissa said to wait it out, she knew that bad press for servicers is not good! Melissa knows when to be patient and when to strike.
Time went by and sure enough the loan was sold to a new servicer.
Through the next span of time that ended up being about 1 1/2 years, she represented us for 2 additional mediations. The 2nd started to show some promise, mainly because Melissa Huelsman new every detail of our loan and our situation. Her knowledge of Washington State law and predatory lending laws is outstanding.
We never made it to mediation #3. The servicer postponed several times, then a few days after the final postponement, we received word from Melissa that the servicer was offering us a modification, to review it, and she would call us that night. We talked late into the night about the modification and the work Melissa and her team had been doing to get this negotiation done, make sure we were protected and that moving forward with the modification was in our best interest. We were very satisfied with the results.
It was a long haul, but we knew Melissa Huelsman and her team had our back the whole way. From the day we hired her, we just felt safe and well represented.
In our opinion Melisa A Huelsman is an excellent attorney. She knows her stuff, goes forward confidently into mediation, is very, very detail oriented, is tough and to the point but is still kind and respectful to everyone in the room. She seems to know and understand every detail that will assist in a successful mediation for her clients. Not only would we refer Mellissa to people who need her services, we already have!
Posted by Rhonda
Melissa is beyond professional and has expertise knowledge as an attorney. She fought for us and what was right and got us a beyond fair outcome. I am proud to say she is our lawyer! She is punctual and straight forward, she restored our faith in lawyers.