Melissa J. Nilsson

Melissa J. Nilsson


Henson & Efron, P.A.

Recognized since 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Practice Areas

Family Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Family Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Family Law
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“I believe that attorneys should treat their clients with dignity and respect, in the same way they would want one of their own family members treated while going through this difficult process.”

I am the calm eye of the storm providing clients with empathy and unwavering confidence to navigate this overwhelming time in their lives.

It sounds basic, yet it’s true—helping people is the most rewarding part of my job. I enjoy talking with people and finding common ground to build great relationships. By their own admission, clients are often not the best version of themselves during this time, so bringing them supportive peace and calm is important to me.

With over 15 years of family law experience, I help spouses, parents, and grandparents with disputes involving:

  • Spousal Maintenance / Alimony
  • Business and Property Valuation and Division
  • Analysis of Tax Issues
  • Analysis and Preservation of Nonmarital Interests
  • Analysis of Executive Compensation
  • Retirement Benefits Valuation and Division
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time / Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Separate Maintenance and Legal Separation
  • Paternity
  • Third Party Custody
  • Third Party Visitation
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Post Decree Proceedings
  • Family Law Appeals

Clients turn to me because they are concerned about their future and confused about the complicated process. Clients are able to ask me any question without the fear of feeling foolish because of the relationship that has been created. Although I am empathetic and supportive of clients, I am also a realist: I explain in layman’s terms the process and potential issues, and set reasonable expectations about the outcome.

Being a lawyer and a parent, I am a multitasker and master organizer, which enables me to prepare my clients well. I am always thinking one step ahead in order to avoid surprise. Family law litigation is an emotional and stressful time. My clients need me to be their rock and my unflappable personality allows me to do so.

See my full bio here.

Location

  • 225 South Sixth Street, Suite 1600
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

Education

  • University of North Dakota , J.D., graduated 2000
  • University of North Dakota, B.A., graduated 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, Minnesota

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section - Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section - Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section - Member
  • Hennepin County Unbundled Legal Services - Volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network Family Law Clinic - Volunteer Attorney
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Unmarried Couples Task Force - Member
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Volunteer

Henson & Efron, P.A.
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota

15 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

5 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Family Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Family Law, Minneapolis (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Family Law

Awards:

  • 2021 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year
  • Judicial Law Clerk, The Honorable James T. Swenson, Chief Judge of Hennepin County and former Presiding Judge of Hennepin County Family Court
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2014–2021
  • Top 100: Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2018, 2020-2021
  • Top 50: Women Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2017–2021
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers–Rising Stars®, 2008–2012

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