Melanie Friend practices family law at CowanGates focusing on divorce, child custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, adoption, and prenuptial agreements. She is qualified as a guardian ad litem for children. Melanie is also trained to represent parties in the collaborative divorce process.
Melanie is an active leader in Richmond’s legal community and has served as president for the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation. She has also previously served on the board of directors of the Richmond Bar Association, the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court, the Collaborative Professionals of Richmond, and the Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association.
Melanie joined CowanGates in 2007 after obtaining her law degree, with honors, from William & Mary Law School and completing a clerkship for the Honorable Timothy E. Meredith of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.