Melanie Tardell

Melanie Tardell

Signified Law
  • Divorce, Family Law, Arbitration & Mediation
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Melanie is a compassionate advocate for her clients because she was a client first. She prefers to keep people out of court where they have more control/power over the outcome of their issues. Besides the standard family law services offered, she offers services such as Demand Letter Writing and Mediation. These alternatives often solve disputes before they land in court, preserving the client's finances and emotional energy.

As Melanie observed others' disappointment in their legal matters, she was motivated to open a client-friendly law practice built on integrity, compassion, and accessibility. As a result, Signified Law was born. Her personal experience gives her an insightful perspective on what clients face while her education provides an understanding of the legal attributes of each case. Having genuine empathy, a knack for research and writing, and a tenacious spirit, Melanie aims to advocate for and empower each client by helping them navigate their case and move beyond adversity.

Melanie operates with a level-headed, balanced approach on delicate issues as she recognizes it doesn’t benefit a client to inflame an already adversarial situation. Her sole purpose is to lighten the client's load and protect their interests.

Melanie is a certified mediator and co-created a divorce mediation program at the Mandel Gisnet Center for Conflict Management in Monterey County. As a mediator, Melanie found it rewarding facilitating others as they created their own fair solutions. She also interned for a child advocacy law firm and worked alongside the courts and social services in the pursuit of reunifying separated families.

Practice Areas
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Family Arbitration
Additional Practice Areas
  • Legal Writing & Research
  • Demand Letter Services
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Professional Experience
Founder/Principal Attorney
Signified Law
- Current
Signified Law serves clients in Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Alameda Counties (and a few services throughout California)! We offer virtual services in family law matters such as divorce, child custody, adoption, and guardianship of the person and also name changes, attorney-assisted mediation, and legal writing (such as demand letters) & research.
Practicing family Law (divorce & child custody) and offering legal writing services (demand letters).
Interning Attorney
Law Office Of Heidi Simonson
Interned for and was mentored by the highly respected Heidi Simonson, Esq. Under Ms. Simonson’s guidance, I practiced family law, working on divorce, child custody, guardianships of the person, and adoption cases.
Divorce Mediator/Small Claims Advisor
Mandel Gisnet Center For Conflict Management
Divorce Mediation: Co-created a divorce mediation program at the Mandel Gisnet Center for Conflict Management in Monterey County. Mediated divorcing couples and helped facilitate a productive environment as they created their own fair solutions. Small Claims: Helped advise and train community members regarding their small claims issues.
Monterey College of Law
J.D. (2016) | Law
Honors: Moot Court Finalist
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Cabrillo College
A.S. (2012) | Undergrad
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Professional Associations
Maximum Lawyer
- Current
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State Bar of California  # 317239
- Current
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California Lawyers Association: Family Law Section
- Current
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Family Law Mediation
Conflict Resolution Center Of Santa Cruz County
Community Mediation
Conflict Resolution Center Of Santa Cruz County
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Contact & Map
Signified Law
14850 Highway 4
Ste A # 236
Discovery Bay, CA 94505
Telephone: (925) 400-8765
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 1 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: VIRTUAL OFFICE NOTICE: To be more accessible to clients, all scheduled meetings during business hours will be through online video conferencing unless otherwise arranged.
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