Honors

Melissa quoted by the Associated Press

On April 22, 2022, Melissa was quoted by the Associated Press about the recent case of a California father who is seeking the return of his child from Ukraine. The child and mother relocated from Ukraine to Russia, further complicating legal remedies. You can read the article here.

Melissa interviewed by Washington Post

Melissa was interviewed by the Washington Post about the Hague Child Abduction Convention and its applicability in a recent case where a California father alleged that his son was removed from California and taken to Ukraine by the child’s mother. There have been ongoing proceedings in California and Ukraine.

Melissa Co-Chairs International Family Law Conference

Melissa is the primary organizer and co-chair of a full day conference on advanced international family law issues on April 26, 2022. The conference is sponsored by the American Bar Association, and hosted by Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. The topics include panels on foreign marital property regimes and prenuptial agreements, diplomatic immunity in family …

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Melissa listed in Washingtonian’s Top Divorce Lawyers

Melissa was listed among the D.C. area’s top family law attorneys in the Washingtonian Magazine’s December 2021 ranking. She is one of only 17 lawyers in the city who are listed. She is the only lawyer who focuses her practice on international divorces and custody disputes on the list. The Washingtonian ranks family lawyers annually.

Melissa Honored to Present for Hague Child Protection Anniversary

Melissa has been invited to speak at the 25th anniversary celebration for the Hague Child Protection Convention. The Child Protection Convention is a multilateral treaty covering a broad range of civil measures to protect children in cross-border situations. The United States signed this treaty in 2010, but has not yet ratified it. Melissa sat as …

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Melissa honored by Best Lawyers

Melissa is honored to be named by Best Lawyers as a top Family Lawyer in Washington, D.C. and among the Women in the Law for 2021. Recognition by Best Lawyers is entirely peer review.