Melissa A. Graham-Hurd

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Akron, OH

Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates, LLC
 | 333 South Main Street, Suite 301
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330-996-4099
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

During the course of her 30-year career, Melissa Graham-Hurd has established herself as a staple within the Ohio family law community. At her own firm in Akron, she serves clients in two dozen local neighborhoods, including Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Norton, Canton and Jackson Township. Ms. Graham-Hurd dedicates her entire practice to family law matters pertaining to divorce, partnership and parenting agreements, legal custody, grandparent visitation and alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Graham-Hurd also devotes a significant portion of her practice to cases involving the marriage status of same-sex couples. Her zeal for family law reform is demonstrated further through her certification in general and family mediation and her past service as a guardian ad litem, as well as working on committees to revise to the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Civil Rules as they relate to Family Law.

In her career, Ms. Graham-Hurd has practiced before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States, in addition to her work in all Ohio state courts. Throughout her career, she has taught more than 35 classes and seminars pertaining to all areas of family law. Her knowledge of the subject has even led to a membership in the committee that designs and administers the test for lawyers seeking board certification as family law specialists.

Ms. Graham-Hurd earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and French from the University of Akron in 1980 and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law in 1983. Additionally, she received a certificate in peace studies from the University of Akron's Center for Dispute Resolution in 1980. From 2010 to 2013, she served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Ohio State Bar Association, is a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Akron Bar Foundation, and has chaired committees and sections for the Akron Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Stark County and Ohio Women's bar associations.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017

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About Melissa Graham-Hurd

Admitted: 1984, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.grahamhurdlaw.com/attorney-profile/melissa-graham...

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow - Akron Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • University of Akron, Center for Dispute Resolution, Certificate in Peace Studies, 1980

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, 2012 - Present; renamed Ethics Committee, Chair 2016 - 2018
  • Member, Stark County Bar Family Law Committee
  • Member, Stark County Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association, Women in the Law, 2009 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee, 1984 - 1992
  • Akron Bar Association, Grievance Committee, 1989 - 1991
  • Akron Bar Association, Bar Applicants Interviews, 1993 - 1994
  • Mentoring, Akron Bar Association, 1990 - 1992
  • Member, Akron Bar Association, 1984 - Present
  • Member, Akron Bar Association, Law Week Committee, 1984 - 1993
  • Vice Chair, Akron Bar Association, Law Week Committee, 1989 - 1991
  • Member, Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1985 - Present
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1989 - 1992
  • Vice-Chair, Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1993
  • Chair, Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1994
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 1987 - Present
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2003 - Present
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association College, 1987 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section, 2006 - Present
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee, 2006 - 2012
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • Vice Chair Juvenile Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 2004 - 2005
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Family Relations Specialty Committee, 2004 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Committee Spousal Support Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, 1990 - 2002
  • Chair, Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Legislative Drafting Subcommittee, 1996 - 1998
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 1987 - Present
  • Secretary, Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 1998 - 2000
  • Vice-Chair, Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 2000 - 2002
  • Chair, Ohio State Bar Association, Family Law Committee, 2002 - 2004
  • Co-Chair, Special Committee to Review Gender Fairness Task Force Report , 2009 - 2012
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates, 2001 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Board of Governors, 2010 - Present
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Advisory Committee on Families, Children and the Court, 2003 - 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • Ohio, 1984

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project - Provides services to military service members through JAG offices
  • Many cases handled at low cost or no cost for qualified lower income individuals with family relations difficulties through volunteer agency.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • National Trends in Spousal support , Akron Bar Association - Annual Rosen Seminar, 2013
  • Complication of Handbook of Forms for Portage, Stark and Medina, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 1987
  • Deviation from Child Support Guidelines, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 1989
  • Ethical, Procedural and Evidentiary Considerations in Sexual Abuse Cases, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers - Annual Family Law Seminar, 1990
  • The Need to Value Marital Property, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 1991
  • Creative Approaches when Seeking Visitation and New Developments in Child Custody Cases Involving the Use or Misuse of MMPIs, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers - Annual Family Law Seminar, 1991
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce in Ohio, Tax Treatment of Property Transfers Incident to a Divorce, Miscellaneous Tax Provisions, National Business Institute, 1992
  • New Lawyers' Seminar, Domestic Relations Sections, Akron Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee, 1990 - 1993
  • Bridge the Gap Seminar, Domestic Relations Section, Ohio CLE Institute, 1993
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce in Ohio, Miscellaneous Tax Provisions and Ethics, National Business Institute, 1993
  • The New Child Support Statute, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 1993
  • Case Law Update, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 1994
  • Rules Update, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 1995
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce in Ohio, Miscellaneous Tax Provisions and Ethics, National Business Institute, 1995
  • Parenting Issues in Domestic Relations Cases in Ohio, Modification Proceedings, Evidentiary Problems in Initial Allocations and Modifications, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Family Law in Ohio, Analysis of Financial Information, Preparation and Trial of a Divorce Case, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Coordination/Organization of Seminar, Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee - Annual Conventions, 1998
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce in Ohio, Miscellaneous Tax Provisions and Ethics, National Business Institute, 1999
  • Shared Parenting Case Law Update, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 1999
  • Parenting Case Law Update, Akron Bar Association, Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 2000
  • Coordination/Organization of Seminar, Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee - Annual Conventions, 2001 - 2002
  • New Lawyers' Seminar, Domestic Relations, Akron Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee, 2002
  • Ethics and Malpractice, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section - Annual Seminar, 2002
  • Tax and Divorce - A Practical Approach, Ohio CLE Institute, 2003
  • Post-Decree Children's Issues, Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee - Annual Conventions, 2003
  • Ohio Family Law Legislation, Akron Bar Association, 2004
  • Ohio Spousal Support Proposals, Ohio Association of Magistrates, 2005
  • New Ohio Family Law Legislation, Akron Bar Association, 2005
  • Ohio Spousal Support Law, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2006
  • Case Law Update, Akron Bar Association, 2009
  • Property Division - Separate and Marital Real Estate, Ohio State Bar Association, 2012
  • Gender Fairness, Akron Bar Association, 2012
  • "Law in the 50 States", (Ohio Reporter), American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, several years
  • "Networking Websites", Domestic Relations Journal of Ohio, West Publishing Co., September/October 2010
  • "Attorney Fees", Domestic Relations Journal of Ohio, West Publishing Co., July/August, 2003
  • Government Retirement Benefits, Sowald Morganstern Domestic Relations Law, Baldwin's Ohio Practice Series, West Group Publishers, 1997, Updated Annually

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • DePiero v. Macedonia - 6th Cir. 180 F.3d 770 - a civil rights suit successfully brought against a municipality holding mayor's court, 1999

Representative Clients:

  • Ordinary men and women going through the toughest parts of their lives, the breakup of their relationships.

Educational Background:

  • JD - University of Akron School of Law, 1983
  • University of Akron, B.A. in English and French, 1980

Industry Groups

  • Divorce
  • Domestic Relations
  • Family
  • Juvenile Law
  • Office Location for Melissa A. Graham-Hurd

    333 South Main Street
    Suite 301
    Akron, OH 44308

    Phone: 330-996-4099

     

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