Law Offices of Melanie A. Maxwell — Seattle, WA
Solo Practitioner (December 2010 – Present)
Transactional work: Title 11 (guardianship) and Title 26 (domestic relations) guardian ad litem for children and adults; estate planning transactions including but not limited to wills, special needs trusts, testamentary trusts, living trusts, health care advance planning, non-probate transfers, powers of attorney; and commercial contracts.
Litigation (pre-trial motions, mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal) of complex domestic relations cases, including Title 11 guardianships and Title 26 dissolutions, separations, non-parental custody, visitation, domestic and international custody and kidnapping, parenting plans, parental custody, and child support.
Consultant to three, nationwide employee assistance attorney referral panels (Workplace Options, Consolidated Legal and Legal Access/Legal Ease) regarding estate planning, probate and domestic relations matters.
King County Superior Court — King County, WA
Commissioner Pro Tempore, Family Law (June 2010 – December 2013)
Davy & Maxwell — Seattle, WA
Partner (January 2004 – November 2010)
Litigation of complex domestic relations cases, including guardianships, dissolutions, adoptions, separations, non-parental custody, visitation, domestic and international custody and kidnapping, parenting plans, child support, domestic partnerships and appeals; Title 11 and Title 26 guardian ad litem.
Dubuar, Lirhus & Engel LLP — Seattle, WA
Associate Attorney (January 1999 – October 2003)
Litigation of domestic relations, commercial, real estate, probate, personal injury, insurance defense, adoption, appellate and bankruptcy cases.
University of San Francisco School of Law
Judicial Clerk, Honorable M.O. Sabraw, California Court of Appeal
Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney
Bachelor of Science
publications and honors
“Ten Best”: 2015-2016 Client Satisfaction Award (WA) – American Institute Of Family Law Attorneys
Co-Counsel For The Appellant: In Re Infant Child J., 994 P.2d 279 (2000).
Criminal Law Journal (Vol. 10, No. 3): “United States v. Leon: A Decision At Odds With the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule.”
The Undergraduate Review, Vanderbilt University: “Albert Camus’ Caligula and Les Justes (The Just Assassins): Reflections on the Genesis of Revolt.”
Judge and Mentor: University of Washington and University of San Francisco Schools of Law