About Melissa J. Harman, CFLS

Senior Attorney

Melissa J. Harman, CFLS

Certified Family Law Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California

Melissa J. Harman, CFLS
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Senior Attorney

Melissa J. Harman, CFLS

Certified Family Law Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California

Melissa's Perspective

I have a unique perspective on family law cases – because I am a child of divorce. I can remember a lot about how my life was impacted by my parents’ divorce. Luckily, they were (and continue to be) excellent co-parents. This experience helps me bring a real-world perspective to my clients, to be honest with them and build trust in the attorney-client relationship.

It’s gratifying to help my divorce clients work toward a fresh start. They should feel like they have been heard and have had someone on their side, empowering them through a complicated process.


Golden Gate University School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, 2011
  • Certificate of Specialization, Family Law
  • CALI Award, Legal Writing and Research

California State University, Sacramento

  • Bachelor of Arts, History, 2008

Admissions & Affiliations:

State Bar of California

  • Admitted 2012

Certified Family Law Specialist

  • The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Member, Sacramento County Bar Association

More About Melissa

Melissa Harman’s family law practice encompasses divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and property division. She is particularly drawn to helping clients navigate complex property characterization issues and taxation impacts, including business valuations and cases involving forensic accounting.

While in law school, Melissa worked as a Judicial Extern with the San Francisco Superior Court, Family Relations Courthouse and clerked for established and well respected private attorneys in both the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. Over more than a decade in the family law field, Melissa has advanced from roles as court runner and legal assistant to now a senior attorney at Purcell Stowell PC in Folsom, California.

Beyond her law practice, Melissa enjoys gardening, cooking, painting, and hanging with her hound dogs.

Selected for inclusion by rating from attorney peers and/or research team:

  • Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, 2019 (eligible candidates are 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less)
  • Sacramento Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Co-Chair & Advisor, New Family Law Attorneys Affinity Group, Greater Sacramento Region
  • Co-Chair, Local Rules Subcommittee, Placer County Bar Association
  • Participant & FPS Team Leader, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Women Build 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Judge, Gordon D. Schreiber Mock Trial Competition
  • Volunteer Attorney, Sacramento County Superior Court “One Day Divorce” Program