“I am honored to receive this award from the Richmond Bar Association, especially considering the high caliber of young lawyers who belong to the organization,”
Melanie Friend focuses her practice on divorce, child and spousal support, child custody and visitation, adoption and prenuptial agreements. She has completed the training required to guide clients through the collaborative divorce process, and is a member of the Collaborative Professionals of Richmond. Melanie is also qualified as a Guardian Ad Litem for children. Melanie obtained her law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, where she was a member of the Moot Court Team and earned Honors for excellence in research, writing and client relations. After completing a clerkship for the Honorable Timothy E. Meredith of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Melanie joined CowanGates in 2007 and was named Partner in October 2012.
CowanGates is a full service law firm located in Chesterfield, Virginia, practicing personal injury, civil and criminal litigation, estate planning and taxation, family law, employment law, real estate law, and business and corporate law. The firm’s 12-member attorney team is experienced in serving litigation and business needs of individuals and small and large businesses.