Melissa F. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Charleston, SC

Melissa F. Brown, LLC
 | 56 Wentworth St, Ste 100, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-722-8900
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • E-Discovery (10%)
Attorney Profile

Melissa Fuller Brown is the founding attorney and principal at Melissa F. Brown, LLC, a family law firm in Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Brown handles all types of family law matters, including divorce, alimony, child support, custody, enforcement, equitable asset division, modification proceedings, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, visitation and more.

Ms. Brown has more than 26 years of experience and serves clients throughout South Carolina but primarily the greater Charleston metropolitan area. She is committed to providing compassionate, dignified counsel to her clients to help them through the Family Court system. 

Ms. Brown holds honors including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a top 10 ranking from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. She is a former faculty member at the South Texas College of Law National Family Law Trial Institute, and has lectured for lawyers and judges over the years.

Active in many leadership roles over the course of her career, Ms. Brown is a former chair of the South Carolina Family Law Council; She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers where she has served on various committees and received awards for outstanding service. She is a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers and handled several cases involving international child custody issues and asset division in foreign countries.  Ms. Brown is a published author of many family law articles in state and national journals as well as law reviews.

Ms. Brown earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Virginia where she was in the prestigious American Studies Program.  She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to founding her own firm, she clerked for a Circuit Court judge, served as an Assistant Solicitor and spent 6 years as a family law associate at a private firm.

*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
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%E-Discovery
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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About Melissa Brown

Admitted: 1992, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • South Carolina SuperLawyer, Family Law since 2014 to date, South Carolina Super Lawyer, Family Law since 2014 to date, Thomson Reuters, 2014
  • One of the Top Female Lawyers in the country by Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Thomson Reuter's Martindale-Hubell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • 10.0 rating on AVVO
  • The Order of the Barristers, National Member: Awarded to the top six moot court competitors; also invited to become a member of the National Moot Court team and competed in the National Moot Court Competition., The Order of the Barristers, National Member, Dean of SC School of Law, 1991
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • SC Board Certified Family Law Trial Specialist, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy & approved by the South Carolina Supreme Court, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • SC Family Law Council:  Chair (2002 - 2003); Past Chair-Elect; (2003 - 2004); Delegate to SC House of Delegates Family Law Representative (2004 -2005); Chair Elect (2001 - 2002); Vice-Chair (2000 - 2001); Secretary (1999 - 2000); current Council representative (2008 to date).
  • South Carolina Women's Lawyer's Association, member, 1996
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization to preserve the best interests of the Family and of Society, and to improve the practice, elevate the standards, advance the cause of Matrimonial Law, 2009
  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers. (2011-Present), 2011
  • Charleston County Bar; Charleston County Family Court Bar (1993 to present):  Former Secretary (1996), 1992
  • United States of America District of South Carolina Federal Court, member, 2006
  • Faculty, Houston Family Law Trial Institute.  This program teaches practicing attorneys specific trial skills in the family law arena, 2011
  • American Bar Association:  Member ABA Family Law Section; Past Co-Chair of Sponsorship Committee; Past Co-Vice Chair, Family Law Section Law Practice Management Committee; Judge for National Schwab Family Law Writing Contest 2007 & 2008, 1996
  • South Carolina Bar Association, member; Family Law Section, member, 1992
  • Faculty, Houston Family Law Trial Institute.  This program teaches practicing attorneys specific trial skills in the family law arena, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ashley Hall School Alumni Board, 2009
  • St. Michaels Episcopal Church, member and serve in a variety of capacities: Reader;  SC Episcopal Diocese:Member of the Ecclesiastical Court 2008 to date;Capital Campaign Committee; Buildings and Grounds Committee; Alpha group leader; Coffee Hostess; Sunday School teacher., 1982
  • Junior League of Charleston, member., 1992
  • Center for Women, Board Member (2000 - 2001), member since 1999 to date., 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • South Carolina Bar’s 2013 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, Teacher
  • New Mexico Bar’s 2013 Family Law Institute, Teacher
  • South Carolina Bar’s 2013 Solo and Small Firm Conference and Tech Expo, Teacher
  • Houston Family Law Trial Institute held at the South Texas College of Law, 2010 - 2012, Faculty Member
  • “Getting Your Financial Accounts in Digital Order”
  • ABA Family E-Newsletter
  • State Bar of Georgia Family Law Review
  • University of South Carolina Law Review
  • American Journal of Family Law
  • South Carolina Family Lawyers’ Tool Kit
  • Comparing the roles of Guardian ad Litems and Custody Evaluators in a child custody case., Author, Delineating the Roles of Guardian Ad Litem and Custody Evaluators: Where Do Their Labors Intersect and Where Not?, South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Virginia, BA History/American Studies Program, 1987

Industry Groups

  • ABA Family Law Section
  • American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Charleston County Bar Family Law Section
  • International Academy Of Family Lawyers
  • SC Bar Family Law Section
  • SC Women's Lawyer Association
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Office Location for Melissa F. Brown

56 Wentworth St, Ste 100
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-722-8900

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Last Updated: 3/18/2020

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