Why I Do the Work I’m Passionate About

I became interested in family law for one simple reason. I wanted to help people dealing with the most sensitive challenges they might face in their lives. That is why my practice focuses on what matters most: you, your family, and your children. I do this by helping you navigate difficult transitions through these challenging times. Going through major life changes like a divorce or a contested custody case is never easy. The right guide can smooth the bumps along the way and help you find a new path forward. Thanks to over 15 years of practicing law, I have experience with a wide variety of family law cases.  My practice focuses on Divorce, Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships, Spousal Support, Child Custody and Parenting Time, Child Support, Paternity, Family Abuse, Modification or Enforcement of Orders, Unbundled Legal Services, Representation of Children, and Mediation. I strive to resolve all family law disputes with a collaborative approach in a compassionate way while advocating for you. I understand that selecting an attorney can be daunting. It is important to find someone who both understands complex legal concepts and explains them to you. You can then make the right decisions for your unique situation based on your goals and values. I work diligently to bring about the best outcome for you. As a solo attorney, I offer highly personalized service. Unlike larger firms, your case won’t be bounced around from lawyer to lawyer. I use my knowledge to tailor my legal services to your specific case in the most cost effective way possible. I strive to offer excellent services to my clients at a good value. My hourly rate is competitive with other attorneys of my experience.

My Education and Training

I attended college at the University of Chicago, graduating with a B.A. in Linguistics and with General Honors in the College.  I then attended the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, graduating with a J.D. cum laude, where I was within the top 10 of my ranked class.  After law school, I worked as a Judicial Clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals to the Honorable David Brewer. I have substantial experience in civil litigation, including business litigation and professional liability claims, as well as extensive experience in family law.

Giving Back Through Nonprofit Work

I’m especially passionate about my work with children. I volunteer through the Multnomah County Circuit Court to represent children in high-conflict cases. Additionally, I’m currently serving on a workgroup focusing on improving conditions for LGBTQ youth in state care, which includes children in foster care and youth detention facilities. I’m a board member of Queen’s Bench, the Portland chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers. I also serve on a committee which revises the Multnomah County Supplemental Local Rules for family law cases. Other past non-profit volunteering includes intake volunteer at St. Andrew Legal Clinic and volunteer attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oregon for their Pro Se Assistance Project, where I assisted low income clients completing legal paperwork for divorce cases.

A Little More About Me

I’m a proud mother to my daughter and we enjoy taking our dog Lucy on long walks.  You might see the three of us hiking the slopes of Mt. Tabor, strolling the East Bank Esplanade, or participating in the Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to live music, especially at the Oregon Food Bank Waterfront Blues Festival, and other venues around town.  I also like dancing, including swing and salsa.

Melissa Kelleigh
My clients have said some nice things about me. I’m grateful for them.

“Thank you so much for everything you have done. You have no idea what a difference it has made. I have my son with me now and that’s all that matters. I am very grateful.”

“I wholeheartedly thank you for a great job.”

“Thank you for all of your work and for being my advocate. I really appreciate you.”

“Thank you for stepping in, and helping. You are, as always, the very best.”

“I appreciate you and your continued help. I would have been in a bad way without your advice.”

“Just so you know, I sing your praises to all of my friends. Every. Single. Time.”

“Thank you for everything you’ve done. You’re amazing.”

“Thank you again for all of your diligence and hard work. I really appreciate you!”