Meet Attorney Melissa Marteeny

Family Lawyer Serving Houston, Texas

Houston family law attorney Melissa Marteeny began following in Kathryn's footsteps in elementary school, when she wrote on the back of Kathryn's business cards, "Hire me, I'm better!" She began working for her mother at the age of nineteen, when she learned about family law and estate planning before even starting law school. She worked during her summer and winter breaks, which eventually expanded to semesters in law school. During law school, she clerked for Disability Rights Texas, where she helped with Medicaid appeals and cases involving housing discrimination.

She also received an opportunity to intern for Aditus Foundation, a European non-governmental organization in Malta, for seven weeks. There, she helped attorneys assist clients seeking asylum, and also in holding events to inform the public and celebrate human rights. In between law school and licensure, she volunteered at Catholic Charities helping complete applications for naturalization or to attain work permits under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Melissa Marteeny received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Writing from Texas State University. She later earned her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law, where she participated with various organizations. Her area of focus falls within Texas Family Law, Estate Planning, and Probate. She is certified for attorney ad litem appointment. She was also recently mentioned in Houston Chronicle's People in Business .

Volunteer Experience

After college, she visited Mission of Hope in Port au Prince, Haiti to assist in building affordable homes to hurricane victims, and to interact with children from the organization's orphanage. During her final year of law school, she volunteered weekly at Freedom Place. She's also volunteered within the last year with Special Olympics, Kendall Library, Habitat for Humanity, Houston Food Bank, Community Outreach, Carnegie Library, and the Turkey Trot in Austin.

Melissa currently sits on the Board of Directors for Friends of Down Syndrome, an organization that provides vocational, physical, and academic education to adults with Down syndrome. She also volunteers actively within the organization.

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 2015

Education:

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 2014
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
    • Bachelor of Science - 2010
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    • Honors: Psi Chi
    • Honors: Golden Key International Honor Society
    • Dean's List 6 out of 7 semesters
    • Major: Psychology
    • Minor: Writing

Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Family Law
    • Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
    • Corporate Counsel
    • Immigration and Nationality Law
    • International Law
    • Women and the Law
  • Board Member - Friends of Down Syndrome
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Family Law
    • Probate, Trusts & Estate
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