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Ms. Melissa Fuller Brown

Licensed for 24 years

Attorney in Charleston, SC

Practice Area: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody 3 more areas of practice + 3 more

Awards
AV Preeminent
Awards
AV Preeminent

Areas of Law

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Paternity

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  • 4.6/5.0 39 reviews
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    4.7/5.0
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    4.6/5.0
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  • Legal Experience

    4.7/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/14/12 in Family Law

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  • 4.2/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 06/16/11 in Domestic Torts

    She does not return phone calls to clients or attorneys. Read more

    She does not return phone calls to clients or attorneys.

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      4.0/5.0
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  • 2.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 06/14/11 in Family Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 06/14/11 in Family Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Member on 06/06/11 in Complex Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 06/05/11 in Family Law

    Melissa is a superior lawyer and colleague. Read more

    Melissa is a superior lawyer and colleague.

    • Legal Knowledge

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 05/31/11 in Divorce

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/30/11 in Family Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/29/11 in Matrimonial Law

    She is a first class lawyer, very bright, good trial skills, caring Read more

    She is a first class lawyer, very bright, good trial skills, caring

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  • 1.0/5.0 by a Partner on 05/28/11 in Family Law

    I have tried a six day case with Melissa, taught at the Houston Family Law Trial Institute with her, served on a number of committees with her and worked with her on a nu... Read more

    I have tried a six day case with Melissa, taught at the Houston Family Law Trial Institute with her, served on a number of committees with her and worked with her on a number of seminars. She is one of the top domestic atorneys in South Carolina.

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Credentials

Position
Member
Admission Details
Admitted in 1992, South Carolina
Law School Attended
University of South Carolina
Class of 1991
J.D.
University Attended
University of Virginia
Class of 1987
B.A.
History
Bar Fellowship
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Faculty Member for the Houston Family Law Trial Institute at the South Texas College of Law. American Bar Association Family Law Section. South Carolina Bar Family Law Section. Mbr US District Court of South Carolina. South Carolina Women Lawyer's Association. Charleston County Bar Assoc. & Family Law Section.

Fellow, AAML; Faculty Mbr of Advanced Family Law Trial Institute; Judge for the ABA Schwab Family Law Legal Writing Contest (07-08); Co-Chair of ABA Family Law CLE Sponsorship Cmte. and Co-Editor of ABA CLE daily Newsletters (08 Spring and Fall, 09 Spring conferences); Co-Chair of ABA Family Law Sponsorship Cmte., Co-Vice Chair of ABA Family Law Practice Management Cmte.; member of ABA's Family Law Alimony and Spousal Support Cmte.; Chair of SC Family Law Section; and Treasurer of Charleston County Bar Family Law Section. St. Michael's Church. Alumni Board of Ashley Hall School.

Engagements
•How to Try Your First Family Court Trial, Charleston County Family Law Section, How to Handle Your First Family Court Trial, Charleston, SC, June 2011.
•Finding and Admitting or Objecting to Electronic Evidence, Houston Family Law Trial Institute, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, May 2011.
•Houston Family Law Trial Institute, Faculty Member at South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, May 2010.
•How to Define, Identify and Find Your Client, South Carolina Bar, Hot Tips for the Solo or Small Firm Practitioner, Columbia, SC, 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.
•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.
•To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Social Networking- Help or Hindrance to the Family Law Practice?, LEI National CLE Conference, Vail, Colorado, January 2010.
•Twitter for Lawyers, National Constitution Center Audio Conference, November 2009.
•South Carolina Family Law Case Update, Dixon Hughes Litigation Conference for Forensic Financial Experts, Charleston, SC, October 2009.
•How Becoming An Atticus Client Positively Impacted My Law Practice, Atticus Practice Builder Program for Attorney's: How to Run Your Law Firm Efficiently, Orlando, Florida, October 2009.
•Effective Legal Tweets to Avoid Sounding Like a Twit!, ABA, Family Law Section Fall Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, 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.
•South Carolina Supreme Court Broadens Excited Utterance Exception: How to Utilize Ruling in Family Court Cases, SC Bar, Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, September 2007.
•How to Convince Your Judge to Allow the Introduction.
•of a Child's Out-of-Court Statement in Private Custody/Visitation 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, Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, 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 Website, 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.
•Sealing the Record, SC Bar, Cool Tips from the Hottest Family Law Practitioners, Columbia, SC, Spring 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 from 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, Fall 2001.
•Mindmaps: Great Software for the Family Law Practitioner, SC Bar, Cool Tips from the Hottest 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, Columbia, 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 Considerations, 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, Family Law in South Carolina, Charleston, SC, September 1996.

Publications
•"Safety and Security in a Digital Age," The 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.
•"COBRA: Do Not Let It Bite You Or Your Client." This Article was published in the following journals: The Family Law Review. A Publication of the Family Law Section of Georgia, November 2005; South Carolina Trial Lawyers Bulletin, Summer 2005; American Journal of Family Law, Volume 19, No. 2., Spring 2005. American Journal of Family Law, Volume 19, No. 2., Spring 2005; South Carolina Trial Lawyers Bulletin, Winter/Spring 2005.
•"Your Files in Family Court: A Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves," Charleston Mercury - local newspaper, August 5, 2004.
•"Family Court Files, A Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves," South Carolina Law Review, Volume 55, Summer 2004.
•South Carolina Family Lawyers' Tool Kit, 2003 Edition This first edition was published while I was Chair of the South Carolina Family Court Section, and I was instrumental in having book published and drafted a large portion of the book.
•"Understanding the New Child Support Guidelines," The South Carolina Lawyer, Spring/October 1999.
•"Estate Planning in the Midst of a Divorce: How to Protect Your Heirs," The Law Journal - An Executive's Guide to the Law, Spring 1997.