Melissa F. Cornell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Tulsa, OK

Cornell Law Firm
 | 2504 E. 21st Street, Suite A
Tulsa, OK 74114
Phone: 9185748901
Fax: 918-508-2955
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2008 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing her practice exclusively on family law matters, Melissa F. Cornell is the founder of her firm that is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her representation of area clients who are contemplating or going through a divorce, her practice includes paternity establishment and disputes; the preparation and review of prenuptial and post-marital agreements; adoptions; in vitro fertilization and surrogate carrier issues; and helping domestic violence victims obtain protective orders. Ms. Cornell is admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state courts.

In her divorce practice, Ms. Cornell assists clients whose marriages are ending and who are thus having to deal with child custody and visitation, property division, alimony, and child support. Because of her training and background in mediation, she often helps them attempt to reach an accord on these matters through the use of that alternative dispute resolution method, but she is a forceful advocate on their behalf when going to court is necessary or advisable. Ms. Cornell's colleagues have taken note of her successful track record in all of her endeavors as well as of the ethical manner in which she handles what are often sensitive cases, and they have awarded her an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Ms. Cornell is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and she is a past chair of the Family Law Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association. She is a graduate of what was then known as the Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she majored in criminal justice and received a Bachelor of Science in 2001. Her legal education was obtained at The University of Tulsa College of Law, and she served on the Tulsa Law Review before being awarded her Juris Doctor with honors in 2004.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2008 - 2014

Certificates and Credentials

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About Melissa Cornell

Admitted: 2004, Oklahoma

Professional Webpage: https://www.clftulsa.com/attorneys/attorneys-cornell/

Honors/Awards:

  • Oklahoma Rising Star (2009-Present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011-Present)
  • Tulsa’s Top Lawyers as published by Tulsa People Magazine (May 2011-Present)
  • Directory of Distinguished Attorneys (2010-Present)
  • AV Preeminent Rating (2009-Present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (2011-Present)

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2013
  • Certificate of Mediation Training, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair of the Young Family Lawyers Committee of the Family Law Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association, 2007
  • Member of the Family Law Sections, American Bar Association
  • Member of the Family Law Sections, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma, 2004
  • OBA Delegate, 2009
  • Member of the Inns of Court, 2003
  • Chair of the Family Law Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association, 2013
  • Member of the Tulsa County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2004
  • Member of the Professional Responsibility Committee, 2009

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Young Family Lawyers Committee Chair
  • Tulsa County Bar Association Delegate to the Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Volunteered for the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Volunteered for the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Young Family Lawyers Committee
  • Volunteered for the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Mentor Committee
  • Volunteered for the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Children in the Law Committee
  • CLE presenter for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, 2005
  • CLE presenter for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, 2007
  • CLE presenter Tulsa County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2011
  • CLE Presenter Oklahoma Bar Association Family Law Section, 2016
  • Volunteer attorney for Tulsa Lawyers for Children, 2008
  • CLE presenter for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, 2006
  • CLE presenter for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, 2010
  • CLE presenter Tulsa County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2014
  • CLE Presenter- National Business Institute [NBI], 2016
  • CLE presenter for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, 2008
  • CLE presenter Tulsa County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Termination of Joint Custody: Is the Law in Oklahoma Disjointed?, Oklahoma Bar Journal, 2007

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Published case:  Radford v. Radford, 2016 OK CIV APP 24, 371 P.3d 1158.
  • Published case:  Johnson v. Wingert, 2011 OK CIV APP 128, 268 P.3d 145.
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Office Location for Melissa F. Cornell

2504 E. 21st Street
Suite A
Tulsa, OK 74114

Phone: 9185748901

Fax: 918-508-2955

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Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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