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Melissa R. Gillis
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I believe that an important key to being a successful attorney is adaptability. I adjust my strategy to suit each situation as it presents itself. I adapt to judges' styles as well as those of opposing counsel. Sometimes I have to be aggressive and take a hard-line stance, but sometimes it makes more sense to be flexible and negotiate. I also enjoy taking a client through a sometimes very emotional cycle to a satisfactory result. It makes me feel good at the end of the day when I've successfully guided somebody through a complex area of the law and accomplished their goals. My clients know that I have listened to their feelings, anxieties, fears and wishes, and have advocated for them accordingly.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: Distinguished Academic Achievement Award in Bankruptcy, 2000
    • Honors: Distinguished Academic Achievement Award in Representing Clients, 2000
    • Honors: Excellence in Clinical Workaround Award, 2000
    • Honors: Tax Litigation Award, 2000
  • Elms College
    • B.A. - 1996

Awards, Achievements & Appointments

  • Certified Mediator
  • Recipient, Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards in Bankruptcy & Representing Clients, 2000
  • Recipient, Excellence in Clinical Workaround Award, 2000
  • Recipient, Tax Litigation Award, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Trustee, Elms College, 2016-Present
    • Chair of Buildings and Grounds Committee, 2018-Present
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2018-Present
  • Certified, Limited Assistance Representation Program with the Hampden County Probate and Family Court, 2009-Present
  • Member, Pope Francis Preparatory School Athletic Booster Club, 2019-Present
  • Member, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM)
  • Speaker, Rebuilding Support Group, February 2014
  • Member, Civility Standards Sub-Committee, Hampden County Bar
  • Member, Magistrate Protocol Sub-Committee, Hampden County Bar
  • Member, Court Conciliation Program, Hampden County Bar
  • Member, Human Rights Committee, The Association for Community Living, 2009-2014
  • Member, Women’s Business Owners Alliance of Pioneer Valley, 2009-Present

Guest speaker: Rebuilding Support Group, Southwick, MA, February 2014

Contributor: Family Law Bits

“Health Insurance as a Post-Divorce Issue, ” Family Law Bits

“Paying Child Support While Receiving SSDI,” Family Law Bits

“Separation Agreements: The Significance of Legalese…” Family Law Bits

Lecturer: Agawam Town Council, 2008