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Protecting You During The Divorce Process

Melissa A. Russo

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  • Associate Attorney

Location:

Austin, TX

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512-472-4086

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Melissa A. Russo brings diverse civil litigation experience to Weinman & Associates and represents clients with sensitivity while aggressively asserting their rights through all phases of family law litigation, including post-trial litigation and appeals. Ms. Russo prepares each case to protect her client's interests at trial, should trial be necessary; however, settlement is often in the best interest of the parties, so she makes a diligent effort to lead the case in an amicable direction by promoting non-adversarial solutions if possible. She also is certified in advanced family law mediation. For clients who choose mediation to resolve their issues, she acts as a consulting attorney in the mediation setting.

In her previous association with civil and family law firms. Ms. Russo acted as lead attorney in federal and state civil cases. Before joining Weinman & Associates, she served as Assistant Attorney General at The Office of the Attorney General of Texas, defending liberty interest constitutional and statutory claims throughout Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to service as an AAG, Ms. Russo practiced family law at the Texas Advocacy Project, where she specialized in issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. While at the Texas Advocacy Project, she presented several family law and intimate partner violence trainings around Texas, including teaching an accredited State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education (CLE) class. She also practiced eminent domain law at John Marrs Ellis and Hodge, LLP in Austin, where she defended the rights of Texas property owners. While at John Marrs Ellis and Hodge, LLP, she contributed to the authoring of a State Bar of Texas CLE publication concerning condemnation jury trends in Texas.

Ms. Russo earned her legal degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. While in law school, she participated in Social Justice Litigation clinics, providing pro bono services to the indigent and victims of family violence. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she served as an Orange Jacket and graduated with high honors, earning a B.A. in Art History and induction into Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Texas. Ms. Russo holds a Texas Real Estate license, as well.  

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence & Stalking
  • Constitutional & Statutory Law
  • Employment Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediation (40-Hour Training), St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 2015
  • Advanced Family Law Mediation (24-Hour Training), St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 2015
  • HIPAA AWARENESS FOR BUSINESS ASSOCIATES COURSE CERTIFICATION, TEXAS HOUSE BILL 300 CONFIDENTIALITY OF MEDICAL INFORMATION ACT, AUSTIN, TEXAS, 2018
  • Discrimination and Harassment Awareness Training Certification, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2020
  • Human Trafficking: Be the One Training Certification, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2018
  • Sensitive Personal Information Training Certification, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2021
  • Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Prevention Program (FWAPP) Certification, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2020

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2019
  • Texas, 2016

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D.
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Art History

Representative Clients

  • Governor, Office of the Texas Govenor
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Home Depot
  • Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Classes/Seminars

  • Litigating Pro Bono or Meager Means Family Law Cases, CLE #174023487, State Bar of Texas, 08/09/2018
  • Stalking and Intimate Partner Family Violence, Tarrant County College, 03/06/2018
  • Trauma Informed and Empowerment Based Advocacy, Panhandle Crisis Center; Perryton, Texas, 08/09/2018
  • Understanding Protective Orders in Texas, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2017-2019, 2021, Member, 2017 to Present
  • Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2021 to Present
  • Real Estate Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2017 to 2019
  • Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2017 to 2019

Past Employment Positions

  • The Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Assistant Attorney General , 2018 to 2021
  • Texas Advocacy Project, Inc., Staff Attorney
  • Johns Marrs, Ellis, & Hodge, LLP, Associate Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Texas Campaign , 2017 to 2018
  • Volunteer Legal Service of Central Texas, 2017 to 2018

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Ancillary Businesses

  • Real Estate Sales Agent, Texas Real Estate Commission, The State of Texas, License No. 580504, 2007

Published Works

  • Recent Developments in Texas Condemnation Law Favoring Property Owner Rights, State Bar of Texas, 11th Annual Agriculture Law Conf. Lubbock, Texas, 2017

Languages

  • English