Melissa Lee

Maeve O'brien & Associates Lawyers

Principal Lawyer and Director


Melissa Lee is the Principal Lawyer and Director at Maeve O’Brien & Associates.

She is a senior Family Lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Melissa’s primary objective is to help clients achieve the best possible outcome for their legal matters in a respectful and pragmatic way, with an emphasis on realistic and future-focused outcomes. She prides herself on delivering client service of the highest quality with great diligence and a genuine personal touch.

Melissa was formerly employed at local firm, where she led the Family Law Department. Melissa has many years of experience practising in Family Law, having worked at a variety of mid and small tier specialist and general legal practices in the Melbourne CBD and surrounding suburbs.

Areas of expertise

Melissa regularly appears for clients at procedural and interim Federal & Family Court of Australia Court hearings, at Mediations, Collaborations, and other Family Dispute Resolution conferences/meetings.

Where Court proceedings are necessary, Melissa is an assertive and skilled litigator for her clients. As a qualified Collaborative Practitioner, Melissa can help families move through the breakdown of a relationship in a highly effective, non-combative way, where this option is appropriate. Melissa’s Mediation training is an invaluable skill set she uses to assist clients in all aspects of their Family Law negotiations.

Melissa has experience and a high level of skill in all areas of Family Law practice, including complex and high net worth property settlements, complex parenting matters (including parental alienation and child relocation), and child support. Melissa also has significant experience in assisting clients with Family Violence matters and their interrelationship with Family Law parenting matters.


Melissa was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of Melbourne. She has also completed a post-graduate legal unit in Collaborative Practice at Monash University and additional training in Collaborative Practice with MELCA. Melissa has completed NMAS Mediation training with the Resolution Institute.

Away from the law, Melissa is a passionate choral and ensemble singer. She is a member, committee member and Secretary of the Australian Chamber Choir.

Contact Melissa at Maeve O’Brien & Associates today on (03) 9857 0099 or via email,