Melody Z. Richardson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC
 | 75 Fourteenth Street, Suite 2840
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-888-3730
Fax: 404-888-3731
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Focusing primarily on complex and high asset matrimonial matters, Melody draws on her nearly 35-years of diverse litigation experience to bring practical and case-specific solutions to all of her clients. Melody's extensive experience and competency in family law helped her to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Although she has substantial litigation experience and success, Melody is also an active leader in the field of collaborative law. Melody has an extensive Guardian ad Litem practice, and is a certified mediator.

Melody served as a board member of the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association from 2002-2009, when she served as the Chair of that Section. She is an acknowledged leader in her field, and regular speaks at seminars.   She is the current President of the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court.

Melody’s philosophy of giving back to the community is demonstrated by her awards and achievements in the area of service. She was the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Professionalism Award, as well as its Community Service Award for spearheading a playground build at Perkerson Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta, the Atlanta Bar Association’s Achievement Award for her work as the Co-Chair the Law Day Committee, where she currently serves as chair, the Atlanta Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award for her work with student outreach for the Equal Justice in Law Enforcement Initiative, and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Family First Award for her extraordinary service and contributions to the families of Atlanta.  Melody was also a member of the award-winning 2012 and 2013 Atlanta Dream Team Law Day Symposiums, and chaired the Atlanta Dream Team Law Day Smposium for Law Day 2015. Melody also had a community service award named after her in 2016, and was the first recipient of that award from the Fulton County Superior Court Administration.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Melody Richardson

Admitted: 1985, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.rblfamilylaw.com/meet-our-team/melody-richardson/

Honors/Awards:

  • This award is given to a volunteer who exemplifies the high ideals of the individual for whom it is name who has worked to promote justice throughout her career, concentrating on those would could not speak for themselves., The Melody Z. Richardson Law Day Award, Fulton County Superior Court, 2016
  • The Distinguished Service Award is presented to members of the Atlanta Bar Association who have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership., Distinguished Service Award, Atlanta Bar Association, 2016
  • The Professionalism Award is presented to an attorney who has made outstanding contributions to a program or activity which advances or promotes excellence, professionalism, and public responsibility within the legal profession, Professionalism Award, Atlanta Bar Association., 2015
  • Melody was selected for Fellowhip in the Litigation Counsel of American, an honorary tiral lawyer society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Membership is by invidation only, 2013
  • Melody received this award in appreciation and recognition of her extratordinary service and contribution to the families of Atlanta., Family First Award, Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2013
  • Melody received an Achievement Award for expanding the Atlanta Bar Association's Law Day activities to reach a much broader segment of the schools in the APS., Achievement Award, Atlanta Bar Association, 2012
  • Atlanta Bar Association Community Service Award, Receipient, 2009
  • Selected as one of the Top 50 Woman Attorneys in Georgia in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • As the 2014 Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association's Law Day Committee, we once again coached a mock trial team at Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy. I was also instrumental in organizing a Law Day Fair for the Fulton County community and a voter registration drive at Therrell High School. , Achievement Award, Atlanta Bar Association
  • AV Rated (highest rating available)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 ServiceJuris Steering Committee, 2014
  • Chair, Atlanta Dream Team Law Day Symposium, 2014
  • Team Captain for the Atlanta Bar Association team of walkers and runner for the Atlanta Food Bank's annual Walk/Run for Hunger. Our team raised several thousand dollars to help eliminate hunger, 2013
  • Chair, Law Day Committee, Atlanta Bar Association, 2013
  • Co-Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Community Service and Pro Bono Committee, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • Vice Justice, Phi Alpha Delta, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Districts of Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Middle Districts of Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Northern Districts of Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1985
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1985
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1985
  • Georgia, 1985
  • Executive Committee, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
  • Master, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2002 - 2005
  • Treasurer, Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2005 - 2006
  • Secretary, Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006 - 2007
  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2007 - 2008
  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem by Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Certified Mediator
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia
  • Sustaining Member, Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Alliance
  • Chair, Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2008 - 2009
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Melody was instrumental in raising over $40,000 to build a playground at Perkerson Elementary School in southwest Atlanta. The playground was built on April 18, 2009 and the students and families of Perkerson Elementary School will enjoy the playground for years to come., 2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Spoke about various topics related to complex and high asset divorces, including the ethics of social media., Speaker, Complex and High Asset Divorce Seminar, 2014
  • Best Practices in Case Management, Speaker, 1st Annual Complex and High Asset Divorce Seminar, 2014
  • "What Role Can a Lawyer Play for a Child in Family Court?" Atlanta Magazine, March, 2009
  • "Heart Flush: Best Interest of the Child Prevails" and "Collaborative Family Law: Catch the Wave," February 14, 2008
  • Prenuptial Agreements," Atlanta Woman Magazine, February (Vol. 6, Issue 2), 2007
  • "Winning at Mediation: Dance to the Music," New Developments in Family Law and Mediation, May 3, 2007
  • "For Love or Money: the Financial Aspects of Divorce," February 14, 2004
  • "Georgia Family Law Practice for Paralegals," October, 2000
  • Georgia Custody Issues," November, 2000
  • “How to Reform a Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle QDRO”, The Family Law Review, Fall 2016
  • Editor-in-Chief, Family Law Newsletter, 2001 - 2004
  • Member, Georgia Law Review, 1983 - 1984
  • Research Editor, University of Georgia Law Review 1984 - 1985

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Recepient, Atlanta Bar Association Community Service Award, 2009

Educational Background:

  • Emory College, B.A., 1981
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Office Location for Melody Z. Richardson

75 Fourteenth Street
Suite 2840
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-888-3730

Fax: 404-888-3731

 

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Last Updated: 4/6/2018

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