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Melissa was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 2006, and has worked as an associate at Frodis Family Law since that time. She has dedicated her practice exclusively to the area of family law.
Before law, Melissa studied primarily maths and sciences. After being named the valedictorian of her graduating high school class and achieving the award for highest academic achievement, Melissa then went on to study Genetics and Psychology in the Scholar’s Electives Program at the University of Western Ontario. She graduated with Distinction in 2002, and then began to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School. During her time at Osgoode, Melissa was heavily involved in the Innocence Project and was awarded the Harley D. Hallett Renewable Entrance Scholarship, the Albert Weisbrot, Q.C. Prize for Advanced Family Law, the STEP Prize for Trusts and Estates, the Koskie Minsky LLP Prize in Insurance Law, the Fogler, Rubinoff LLP Prize in Property Law and the Clifton Lane Memorial Prize in Property Law.
While always striving for amicable resolutions to her cases wherever possible, Melissa does not shy away from litigation where it is necessary. Regardless of whether a case is in court or not, Melissa will always maintain a reasonable and professional approach, while at the same time advocating strongly for her clients.
What Melissa’s clients tend to appreciate the most about her practice is her attention to detail, the honest advice she provides, and her caring nature.
"Getting divorced can be stressful both emotionally and financially. My best advice if you find yourself in this situation is to be very careful about choosing your lawyer. I was not happy with my first selection of lawyer, I felt that I was heading for an outcome that would have been very costly and unfair.
I decided I needed to make a change so I met with several different firms before settling on Frodis Family Law to represent me. I truly felt I had an attentive, highly competent and caring advocate for my case. Melissa was on top of everything, she worked with me to ensure that all aspects of my case were properly represented and she did this in a manner that made what was a difficult experience much easier to go through. More than anything, I felt she cared and each time we showed up in court my side was represented in the best possible way. The outcome was fair and the process was the best it could have been."
“Melissa is very smart and gets what’s going on right away. She has a nice manner and is empathetic when things get tough, but she will also tell you what you need to hear. She has a nice way of balancing pushing your interests without needlessly inflaming the situation. I am glad she has been in my corner and I would highly recommend her if you are interested in a low conflict, but fair, resolution to your situation.”
“I was using a lawyer that was having a hard time in court with my ex-wife’s lawyer. That lawyer recommended that I retain Frodis Family Law. After retaining the Frodis team, Melissa started working on my file. Melissa reviewed my file from my previous lawyer and Melissa clearly explained the process that was going to take place. Melissa was always quick to return my calls and answer my emails. Melissa was very easy to work with. After a few weeks we went to court and the Frodis team did not take any nonsense from the opposing lawyer. After 7 years of back and forth, my matter finally settled. It takes the right lawyer who has integrity and authenticity to fight for your rights. I would highly recommend Melissa and the Frodis team to anyone who needs a great lawyer.”