150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Melissa Fuller Brown

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Melissa F. Brown, LLC

Contact Information

Office
56 Wentworth Street
Suite 100
Charleston SC 29401
Work (843) 722-8900
Fax (843) 722-8922


Practice State

South Carolina

Emphasis

Practice emphasizes traditional Family Court practice as well as complex Family Court litigation involving high asset, high income cases as well as multi-state custody cases and internation child abductions.

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Counties

  • Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Berkeley, South Carolina
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Colleton, South Carolina
  • Dorchester, South Carolina
  • Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Horry, South Carolina
  • Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Richland, South Carolina

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1991; University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts, History, 1987

Legal Organizations

Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML); Faculty Member Family Law Trial Institute, 2010 - 2012; Chair & Co-Chair AAML Technology Committee  (from inception in 2012 to date); National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) (Chosen in 2014 & accepted in 2015); Active mbr ABA Family Law Section (FLS); Co-Chair of ABA FLS Sponsorship Committee, 2008-2009; Judge, National Schwab Family Law Legal Writing Contest 2007 & 2008; Co-Editor, Family Law CLE Newsletters, Spring 2008 & 2009: Fall 2008 Co-Vice Chair, FLS Law Practice Management Committee, 2003-2004; Advisory Panel, Inaugural Member, 2003-Present; South Carolina Bar Assn: Member, Family Law Council, 1997-Present; Delegate Representing Family Law Section, House of Delegates, 2005-2006; Past Chair, Family Law Section, 2003-2004; Chair, Family Law Section, 2002-2003, Chair-Elect, Family Law Section, 2001-2002; Vice-Chair Family Law Section, 2000-2001; Secretary, Family Law Section, 1999-2000; Charleston County Bar Assn.: Vice Chair, William L. Howard Portrait Committee, 2007; Secretary/Treasurer, Family Law Section 1996-1998.

Awards

Family Law SC Super Lawyer (2014 & 2015)

AV rated Martindale Hubbell (2010 - 2015)

AAML Outstanding Service Award (2012) as Chair AAML Technology Committee

Martindale Hubbell named her one of the top female lawyers in the country (2013 & 2014)

Chosen by The National Advocates as a Top 100 Lawyer, America's Premier Attorneys (2014)

Top Attorneys in South Carolina (2014)

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) (Chosen in 2014 & accepted in 2015)

Nominated to serve on the 2015 Executive Committee for The National Advocates: Top 100

CLE Presentations

How to Define, Identify and Find Your “A” Client, South Carolina Bar, Hot Tips for the Solo or Small Firm Practitioner, September 2010; Separation & Divorce: How to Be Prepared When You Least Expect It!, Center for Women, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Charleston, SC, June 2010; Houston Family Law Trial Institute, Faculty Member at South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, May 2010 – To Date; The Role of the Mental Health Professional in South Carolina Family Law, (Guest Lecturer for Dr. Chip Taylor’s Ethics & Mental Health Law graduate studies course), The Citadel, Charleston, SC, April 2010; Roasted & Toasted: How to Introduce Information Posted on Internet Sites to ‘Burn’ the Opposing Party or Witness, SC Bar, It's All a Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence, Columbia, SC, February 2010; Safety & Security in a Digital Age, SC Bar Annual Convention, Family Law Section Update for Lawyers & Judges, Kiawah Island, SC, January 2010; South Carolina Family Law Case Update, Dixon Hughes (Forensic Certified Public Accountants) Litigation Conference, Charleston, SC, October 2009; How Becoming an Atticus Client Positively Impacted My Law Practice, Atticus Practice Builder Program, Orlando, FL, October 2009; Effective Legal Tweets to Avoid Sounding Like A Twit!, ABA FLS 2009 Fall CLE Conference, Montreal, Canada, October 2009; How to Be Prepared When You Least Expect It!, Women @ Work Group, Charleston, SC, September 2009; Social Media Marketing PhoneCast-Twitter, Atticus Group Social Media Marketing Graduate network Call, August 2009; How to Be Prepared When You Least Expect It!, East Cooper Women's Entrepreneurial Group, Mt. Pleasant, SC, June 2009; To Tweet or Not to Tweet: How Social Networking Services Can Benefit Your Family Law Practice, ABA PhoneCast to the FLS Law Practice Management Committee, May 2009; When "Be Quiet" is Not the Response You Want to Hear: Getting a Child's Out-of Court Statement Into Evidence, SC Bar, It's All a Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence, Columbia, SC, February 2009; Hot Tips from the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, September 2008; How to Convince Your Judge to Allow the Introduction of a Child's Out of Court Statement in Private Custody/Vistation Disputes, LEI, Colorado FLS, Snowmass, CO, January 2007; Time Maps: How to Effectively Use This Software in Court, LEI, Colorado FLS, Snowmass, CO January 2007; Intrinsic and Extrinsic Fraud: How Does the Difference Affect Your Family Court Case, SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, September 2006; Using TimeMap Software to Successfully Gather Information from Clients & When Presenting evidence in Court, SC Bar, Annual Meeting Technology Committee, Charleston, SC January 2006; An Update of 2005's Family Law Cases, SC Bar, Sidebar SC Online CLE Video Series, Columbia, SC, October 2005; Homeland Security Act's Impact on Family Law Cases, SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, September 2005; Using Timemap software to successfully Meet with Clients and While Trying Complex Cases, SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Coolest family Law Practitioners, Charleston, SC, April 2005; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Family law Websites, SC Bar, Seminars Direct Videotape Program, Charleston, SC August 2004; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Family law Websites, SC Bar, Advanced Family Law Seminar, Hilton Head, SC, Spring 2004; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Family law Websites, ABA, FLS Spring Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Spring 2004; Judicial Estoppel: You Can't Have It Both Ways, SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, Fall 2003; Secret Settlements in the Family Law Practice, SC Bar & USC School of Law, Columbia, SC, October 2003; UIFSA Refresher, SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, Fall 2002'; COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite Your Client or You, SC Bar, Cool Tips for the Hottest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, Spring 2002; Basic Business Valuation Overview for Domestic Attorneys, SC Bar, Hot Tips from the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, April 2001; Using the Child Support Guidelines to Your Advantage, SC Bar, Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, May 2000; Devising Creative Visitation Schedules, Charleston County FLS, Family Law CLE, Charleston, SC, January 1999; The Ethics of Representing More Than One Person: Conflicts of Interest Under Rules of Professional Conduct, SC Bar, Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner, Cloumbia, SC, November 1998; Understanding the South Carolina Court System, Explorers Club, Charleston, SC, March 1997; The Interplay of Statutes on Parental Rights, Responsibilities & Parent/Child Contact, NBI, Child Custody and Visitation in SC, Charleston, SC, October 1997; Ethical Consideration, NBI, Child Custody and Visitation in SC, Charleston, SC, October 1997; Trial Issues, NBI, Child Custody and Visitation in SC, Charleston, SC, October 1997; Initial Considerations in a Family Law Case, NBI, Child Custody and Visitation in SC, Charleston, SC, September 1996.

Author

“Safety and Security in a Digital Age,” South Carolina Lawyer, July 2010; South Carolina Family Lawyers' Tool Kit, 2010, 2nd Edition, contributing author. Also, author of upcoming Supplement to the 2010 2nd Edition. ABA Family Law CLE Daily Newsletter, Published a following events: April 2009, Baltimore Bullet, Baltimore, MD, Co-Editor with Mark Sullivan; October 2008, Great Scott, Scottsdale, AZ, Co-Editor with Mark Sullivan; April 2008, Chicago Bull, Chicago, IL, Daily Editor; COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You or Your Client, Published in Following Journals: November 2005, The Family Law Review, A Publication of the Family Law Section of Georgia; Summer 2005, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Bulletin; Spring 2005, American Journal of Family Law, Volume 19, No. 2; Files in Family Court: A Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves, Published August 5, 2004, Charleston Mercury; Family Court Files, A Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves, Published Summer 2004, South Carolina Law Review, Volume 55, Number 4; South Carolina Family Lawyers' Tool Kit, 2003 Edition, Published by SC Bar Family Law Section: While I was the Chair of the SC FLS, the Council published the first edition of this valuable book; Understanding the New Child Support Guidelines, Published in SC Lawyer Magazine: Spring/October 1999, The South Carolina Lawyer; Estate Planning in the midst of a Divorce: How to Protect Your Heirs, Published in Law Journal: Spring 1997, The Law Journal-An Executive's guide to the Law Co-Author with James Duggan.

AAML National

Chair, AAML Technology Committee (2012 - 2013)

Chair, AAML Technology Committee (2013 - 2014)

Co-Chair, AAML Technology Committee (2014 - 2015)

AAML Chapter

Chair, Website Committee (2013)

Co-Chair, Legislation Committee (2015 - 2016)

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