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Melissa Marin

Melissa Marin graduated from DePaul University in 2015 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Political Science. Melissa went on to receive her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 2019 with a certificate in Family Law where she graduated Cum Laude and maintained herself on the Dean’s list for all three years.

From a very young age, Melissa knew that she was passionate about family law. As a child of divorced parents, Melissa brings a unique perspective to the firm having experienced the breakdown of her family at a young age. Melissa prides herself on being able to help families who are going through the same thing as well as counsel and advise clients during the other often difficult and emotional issues associated with family law.

She carried her passion for family law with her to law school where she was heavily involved in DePaul’s family law program. Upon acceptance to DePaul, Melissa received a Dean’s scholarship to help fund her law school education for her outstanding academic performance in undergrad. At DePaul, Melissa was selected to be a Family Law fellow after being awarded the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Scholarship. She also served as Vice President for the Child and Family Law Association and was awarded two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for receiving the highest grade in both her Family Law legal drafting and Legal Analysis Research and Communication classes. During law school, Melissa recognized that being an effective advocate for her clients would require her to be well versed in the rules of civil procedure, the rules of evidence, and courtroom procedure. As a result, Melissa competed as a member of DePaul’s Appellate Moot Court team where she displayed a passion for litigation and skill in oral advocacy.

Melissa began her legal career as an intern at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago working with clients who were victims of domestic violence. There, she gained extensive experience working with complex financial and interpersonal matters. She then served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Raul Vega in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she assisted Judge Vega in conducting legal research, writing court orders, and assisting pro se litigants. These experiences allowed Melissa to hone her research and writing skills, which have made her an effective advocate in pleadings.

Before joining Kollias & Giese, P.C. Melissa worked at a mid-sized family law firm in Chicago as a law clerk where she gained experience working with pre decree, post decree, parentage, and child support cases. Melissa joined Kollias & Giese, P.C. in 2019 as a law clerk before being admitted to the Illinois State Bar.

Melissa is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage County Bar Association.

Education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2019
Certificate in Family Law | Honors: Dean’s list, CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Legal Analysis Research and Communication & Family Law Legal Drafting | Appellate Moot Court Member | Former Vice President of Child and Family Law Association | Schiller DuCanto and Fleck Family Law Fellow

B.A., DePaul University, 2015
Major: English | Minor: Political Science | Honors: Dean’s List

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Illinois, 2019
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Chicago Bar Association

DuPage County Bar Association

Prior Employment

The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., Law Clerk, 2018-2019

Circuit Court of Cook County, Judicial Extern, 2018

Legal Aid Society Metropolitan Family Services, Law Clerk, 2017

Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Dan's expert handling of my divorce case was beyond my expectations. He takes control, documents your facts and summarizes options for you throughout the process. You will always get a timely response by email or phone. He will not forget the facts in your case or be uprepared for milestones along the way. He will advise on important matters but act per your direction. Finally, he will maintain a positive and professional communication with all parties involved." Jacquelyn
★★★★★
"Lisa has been my lawyer for the past 4 years for various court precedings and has been awesome. She always knew what was going on with my case and always took the time to ask what I wanted the end result to be. She’s tough and not scared to speak her mind in a courtroom in order to fight for her client. Lisa also always worked with me financially in order to work around what I could afford. I would 10/10 recommend her to anyone and would hire her again if needed." Cali
★★★★★
"Ms. Defino did an absolutely amazing job working with me on my case. She was very, very prepared, was excellent in responding to calls, emails and messages, understood the law and worked with with partners of her firm if there were areas that we needed advice and other opinions on. Jessica was a very comfortable to work with, super personal and got all of my needs and wants out of my divorce case. I would highly recommend working with Ms. Defino." Matt
★★★★★
"I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued and my doubts were always reassured. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. Jane Nagle fought hard for me. she went above and beyond and did everything she could to ensure a great outcome. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney and her firm. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Marcia