Melissa S. VanZile

Top rated Family Law attorney in Richmond, Virginia

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
Melissa S. VanZile
Barnes & Diehl, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 2004

Education: University of Richmond School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.

6806 Paragon Place
Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230 Visit website


Those in Richmond, Virginia, dealing with the emotionally intense issues of family law rely on Melissa S. VanZile of Barnes & Diehl, P.C., to represent their best interests in legal matters as they focus on sorting through the changes in their lives. A Virginia Legal Elite Lawyer, recipient of the Leader of the Law Award from Virginia Lawyers Weekly and one of The Best Lawyers in America’s listed attorneys, Ms. VanZile is highly qualified to handle any legal issue related to family law.

Ms. VanZile is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Henrico County Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association, the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and the Chesterfield County Bar Association. A past board member and past president of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, she is also a past board member of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, the St. Joseph’s Villa Flagler Home and a past co-chair of the Annual Bench Bar Conference.

She is admitted to practice in Virginia, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Mary Washington College in 2001. At the University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Ms. VanZile earned a Juris Doctor in 2004.

Ms. VanZile handles family law matters including but not limited to child custody and visitation, spousal and child support, divorce and separation, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and complex equitable distribution. Ms. VanZile has also presented at various classes seminars and has published written articles on topics related to family law.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

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

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2004, Virginia

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • St. Joseph's Villa Flagler Home, Past Board Member
  • Innsbrook Rotary Club, Past Member
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Virginia, 2004
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association, Member
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, Past Board Member  
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Henrico County Bar Association, Member
  • Annual Bench Bar Conference , Past Co-Chair
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, Past President
  • Richmond Bar Association, Member
  • Metropolitan Women's Bar Association, Past Board Member
Educational Background:
  • Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia, B.A., Honors: Scholastic Honors Society, Major: Political Science, 2001
  • Rising Stars, Superlawyers, 2011
  • Listed, Virginia Super Lawyers-Family Law Attorney-Top 50 Women Attorneys, 2018
  • Listed, Listed Attorney-Best Lawyers in America-Family Law, Best Lawyers, 2018
  • Virginia Super Lawyer Family Law, Richmond Magazine, 2013-2016
  • Virginia Super Lawyers' Rising Star, Richmond Magazine, 2011-2012
  • Listed Attorney, The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2017
  • Reader's Choice for Lawyer's, Richmond Times Dispatch, 2015
  • Virginia Legal Elite Young Lawyer, 2010
  • Legal Elite-Young Lawyer, Virginia Business Magazine, 2010
  • Leader of the Law Award, Virginia Lawyer's Weekly, 2016
  • Virginia Legal Elite Lawyer, 2014-2015
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Scholastic Honors Society
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Moderator, Moderator-Third Party Custody and Visitation Cases, Richmond Bar Annual Bench Bar Conference, 2018
  • "Drafting Separation Agreements, The Who, What, Where, When and How,"Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association, Seminar for Paralegals, 2011
  • "Relocation and Custody and Visitation," Bench Bar Conference, 2007
  • "Changes to Child Support Deviation Factors," Bench Bar Conference, 2006
  • "Cross Examination of Experts in Custody Cases," Bench Bar Conference, 2005
  • "Grandparents and Third Party Custody and Visitation," Richmond Legal Staff Association, 2015
  • "Financial Planning in Divorce," Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia Chapter Meeting, 2014
  • "Custody and Visitation," Richmond Paralegal Association Meeting, 2014
  • "The Evolving Realm of Family Law – Non-Traditional Family Units," NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2010
  • "Child Custody and Visitation," Richmond Paralegal Association, Spring Seminar, 2011
  • "The Evolving Realm of Family Law-Non-Traditional Family Units," NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar, Author and Speaker, October, 2010
  • "Child Custody and Visitation - The Interplay of Statutes on Parental Rights, Responsibilities and Parent/Child Content," Commencing & Defending an Initial Custody Proceeding, NBI Seminar, Speaker, June, 2009

Office location for Melissa S. VanZile

6806 Paragon Place
Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 804-414-1603


11 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012

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Top 50: Women Virginia Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019

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