Jeffrey C. Melick

Jeffrey C. Melick

Partner
Location:
Lexington, Massachusetts
Phone:
781-860-9500
781-652-4115 (Direct Dial)
Fax:
781-863-0046
Email:

Jeffrey C. Melick is a seasoned litigator with more than 30 years of experience in the practice of law. His area of concentration covers all aspects of domestic relations litigation including divorce, alimony, custody, child support, parenting plans, modification, paternity issues and civil litigation. He also prepares premarital and marital agreements, which can help reduce litigation and adverse implications of divorce. Mr. Melick's reputation for excellence has been built on his extensive trial and appellate experience in the state and federal courts. He has been appointed by the Probate and Family Court to serve as a Special Master to handle discovery disputes between litigating parties.

Mr. Melick has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and has earned the designation of Certified Financial Litigator by the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. The AACFL requires its members to complete a specialized training program and pass a comprehensive exam in order to achieve this certification. The designation is designed to create an elite group of practitioners dedicated to meeting the highest standards of financial representation and ethical practice. Mr. Melick is a Founding Member of that organization.

Mr. Melick is a certified divorce mediator. Mediation serves as a helpful alternative to litigation where couples work together to dissolve their marriage.

Mr. Melick has considerable experience in business issues and business litigation having served as in-house counsel for a telecommunications carrier in charge of their nationwide commercial litigation.

His dedication to children in divorce cases led him to cofound the Attorneys Representing Children (ARC) programs in the Middlesex, Worcester and Essex County Probate and Family Courts. The programs provide legal representation to children in high conflict custody cases and give them a voice in the process. He serves as volunteer child counsel and provides training to judges and attorneys involved in the ARC programs. He published an article in the Massachusetts Law Review entitled "The Role of Child Counsel in the Attorneys Representing Children Programs in the Probate and Family Courts."

He is an active lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) and other bar organizations teaching trial advocacy, mediation, divorce law and other legal subjects to practicing attorneys. He served as a member of the faculty at the 2011 MCLE Annual Family Law Conference for the panel addressing Adult Children with Special Needs and the 2015 MCLE Annual Divorce Trial Practice Seminar teaching lawyers how to try divorce cases.

A prolific writer, he has published many other law review articles and chapters in various law books. For example, he authored the chapter on asset division for the LexisNexis Massachusetts Family Law Practice Guide, the chapter on marital agreements for the MCLE Divorce Law Practice Manual, and chapters on trial advocacy for the MCLE Courtroom Advocacy Manual and MCLE Basic Practice Manual. He is the editor of the MCLE Tort Law Manual.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • General Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Financial Litigator
  • Certified Family Law Mediator

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2003

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Haverford College , Haverford, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1980

Published Works

  • "Division of Property", LexisNexis Massachusetts Family Law Practice Guide
  • "Trial Motion Practice", MCLE Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy Manual
  • “Preparing and Trying a Civil Case,” MCLE Basic Practice Manual
  • “Marital Agreements,” MCLE Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual
  • “The Role of Child Counsel in the Attorneys Representing Children Program in the Probate and Family Courts,” 95 Massachusetts Law Review 223 (2013)
  • “Product Liability,” MCLE Tort Law Manual
  • “Interference with Business Relations,” MCLE Tort Law Manual

Classes/Seminars

  • "Voice of the Child", MCLE
  • "Trying Divorce Cases", MCLE
  • "Adult Children with Special Needs", MCLE
  • "Trial Advocacy", MCLE

Honors and Awards

  • Boston Magazine, Law & Politics, Super Lawyer
  • AVVO Clients' Choice Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, Founding Member
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Middlesex Bar Association
  • Essex County Estate Planning Council
  • Massachusetts Moderators Association

Ancillary Businesses

  • Hamilton Town Moderator, 2017-Present
  • Hamilton Planning Board, Chairman, 2013-2017
  • Sherborn Advisory Committee, 1999-2001
  • Sherborn Land Acquisition Committee, 1996-1999