Formulating the “concierge attorney” approach, Melissa began working at Fry & Elder in early 2015, assisting the Tulsa divorce law firm in complex divorce and custody cases. Having gone through the experience of divorce, custody and now as a single mother, she is able to use her personal journey to offer select clients the support of an on-call resource to take them through the difficult process of litigation.
Melissa knows what each step of the process is like to go through, and as a Certified Life Coach, she can offer insight and assistance to help the client to move through the process with the ultimate goal of leaving them on a better path than when they started.
She is passionate about the needs of children throughout the process and will assist the client in keeping the best interest of any children involved in the forefront of their goals. An additional benefit of her “Concierge Services” is her wide range of contacts throughout the community, and beyond, to assist the client in matters that may arise as a result of a change in their circumstance. Melissa’s goal is to put the “Counselor’ back into the practice of law and better add to the Tulsa divorce law firm of Fry & Elder’s longstanding tradition of excellence.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Melissa attended Holland Hall school from kindergarten through high school. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy in 1987 and her Juris Doctorate in 1995 from The University of Tulsa.
As an undergraduate, she earned an internship with the House Budget Committee for the United States House of Representatives. In Law School, Melissa was active in the Student Bar Association and was admitted to the National Legal Honor Fraternity Phi Delta Phi. While still in school, Melissa became involved with the management of her family businesses. She brings her years of experience in business, real estate and trust management to the practice of law. She is able to assist clients in determining the best course of action when combined assets are at stake.
Like all attorneys at the Tulsa divorce law firm of Fry & Elder, Melissa continually works on professional development, and is currently pursuing training in Divorce and Custody Mediation for Oklahoma and collaborative divorce.
Melissa has competitively shown American Quarter Horses for her whole life, acquiring numerous National, State and World Championship titles. She also enjoys tennis, golf, travel and cultural events. Volunteering on civic and charitable boards and committees, as well as being very involved in her son’s school, keeps her actively involved in the community.
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