Melissa Smart

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Redwood City, CA

Madigan & Lewis, LLP
 | 3 Lagoon Drive, Suite 190
Redwood City, CA 94065
Phone: 650-482-8480
Fax: 650-475-7124
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Melissa Smart is an associate at Madigan & Lewis, LLP, in Redwood City, California. Representing clients in Redwood City and surrounding communities such as Menlo Park, Palo Alto and San Mateo, Ms. Smart focuses her practice on family law. She handles matters involving child custody, child support, child visitation, marriage dissolution, parentage, post-judgment modifications, property division and more. 

Ms. Smart is serving as the 2017 Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association.  She served as the Co-Chair in 2016.

Ms. Smart graduated first in her class with highest honors at Golden Gate University School of Law. As a law student, she participated as a writer and associate editor for the Golden Gate University Law Review and won the school's moot court competition. She also earned certificates in public interest law and family law, and received awards for legal writing.

Ms. Smart also holds a bachelor's degree from Washington State University and a master's degree from San Francisco State University.

Admitted to practice in all California state courts since 2012, Ms. Smart is active in her local legal community. In 2017 she became the Chair of the San Mateo County Bar Association's Family Law Section, after serving as Co-Chair in 2016.

Ms. Smart is also a member of professional organizations, including the State Bar of California and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Along with her role as Chair of the family law section, she is also a member of the Barristers section of the San Mateo County Bar Association.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019

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About Melissa Smart

Admitted: 2012, California

Professional Webpage: http://madiganlewis.com/melissa-smart/

Honors/Awards:

  • Named as a "Rising Star" in family law by Super Lawyers, 2015 — 2016
  • Member, Moot Court Board, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Honor Advocate Award at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Trial Practicum, 2014
  • Winner of Golden Gate University School of Law’s Moot Court Competition
  • J. Lani Bader Award for Academic Excellence, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Scribes American Society of Legal Writers Award, Golden Gate University School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Co-Chair, 2016
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Barristers Section, Member
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Chair, Family Law Section, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2017
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Attorney - Status Conference Fridays San Mateo County Superior Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Former Associate Editor and Writer for the Golden Gate University Law Review, Golden Gate University School of Law

Educational Background:

  • San Francisco State University, Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
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Office Location for Melissa Smart

3 Lagoon Drive
Suite 190
Redwood City, CA 94065

Phone: 650-482-8480

Fax: 650-475-7124

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Last Updated: 3/8/2019

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