Melissa has handled thousands of legal matters throughout Rhode Island. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, sits as Communication Chairperson for the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.
Melissa is a graduate of Salve Regina University where she earned her bachelor of arts and New England School of Law where she earned her juris doctorate. While a law student, Melissa was selected to compete as a member of the school's prominent mock trial team. She was also one of four from her law school selected to work with the New England Innocence Project in 2009/2010.
Melissa understands that most people will need a lawyer at some point in their lives. She recognizes that her clients are usually going through a difficult time and she provides the compassion, respect and strong work ethic they deserve to help them reach their goals. She uses her knowledge and experience to get the best result for her clients, in every case.
Attorney Melissa M. Braatz is licensed to practice in all state courts of Rhode Island as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Melissa practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, estate planning and personal injury.