Cleveland, OH/WW Press/October 4, 2017– Melanie GiaMaria, Founder and Attorney of Melanie GiaMaria Law LLC was selected for inclusion into the Top Attorneys of North America 2017-18 edition by The Who’s Who Directories.
Melanie GiaMaria Law is located in Cleveland and primarily serves Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties, but is licensed to handle cases throughout Ohio. Melanie GiaMaria Law has been serving the legal needs of the community since 2003.
Attorney Melanie GiaMaria provides representation in many legal areas with special emphasis in: Divorce, Dissolution, Child Custody, Unmarried pare (both mothers and fathers), Same-sex couples, Child support, Guardian ad Litem, Grandparent and kinship custody, Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders, Civil representation of victims dealing with the criminal justice system, Sealing of arrest record or conviction (expungement) and Representation for sexual assault victims.
Melanie GiaMaria, a former social worker, finds that her experience is an asset to her working with families. She founded this firm with a strong tradition of service to her community and is very passionate about helping people and she has established this throughout her firm. She will act as a strong advocate for her clients in the pursuit of fairness and justice. With her wicked sense of humor, clients love that Melanie is completely relatable and delivers solutions that honor the dignity of everyone involved in the legal matter.
As a law student at Case Western Reserve University, she decided to earn her masters degree in social work at the university, which began a career as a full-time social worker. She has degrees in both law and social work. She interned at Women’s Re-Entry Network, a program of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) that helps participants re-enter society in such a way as to enhance self-sufficiency and reduce the risk of recidivism. She formed a support group for victims of sexual abuse and her career course as an advocate and protector was charted.
Melanie began her legal practice while working as a licensed social worker with Women’s Re-Entry. She stayed with the program until 2006, when she became LMM’s staff attorney. In 2009, she became the program supervisor for Comprehensive Case Management Services for LMM’s Community Re-Entry. She has also been and continues to be the attorney for the Families at Risk program participants of the Jewish Family Services Association.
In 2014, Melanie left LMM and made a major transition to devote more time and energy to her practice. Her clients are referred privately, by caseworkers through Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Jewish Family Services Association, WomenSafe, Fathers and Families Together, and appointed by the Cuyahoga County Courts.
Melanie is a wife, mother, aunt, speaker, volunteer and creative organizer. Melanie established and facilitated several local prison pet programs in the Cleveland area for many years. These programs not only save animals, but also help the caretakers rehabilitate while giving back to the community. These programs are now handled and maintained by Berea Animal Rescue Friends. Melanie has served on numerous boards throughout her career and currently serves on the boards of Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute and the Nancy R. McDonnell Cuyahoga County Community Based Corrections Facility.
The Top Attorneys of North America, a New York based publication, distinguishes and profiles leading attorneys who have reached a recognizable degree of success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of the accomplishments within the North American legal community.