Melody Richardson Top Rated Atlanta Female Lawyer

Melody Richardson
Senior Counsel

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Melody Richardson | High-Asset Atlanta Family Lawyer


After more than 36 years of diverse litigation experience, Melody decided to semi-retire as of March 31, 2021. Melody, one of the founding members of Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC, is not accepting new clients but remains available to consult with the attorneys at RBL Family Law. She will remain at RBL Family Law as Senior Counsel through at least December 31, 2021.

Melody is one of only about 1,650 attorneys nationwide to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Fellowship in the AAML means that Melody is recognized by the bench and bar as a leading practitioner in the area of matrimonial law and that her substantial experience, including trials, enables her to handle complex matters relating to custody, property division, alimony, and child support. Melody intends to remain active with the AAML, where she is the Vice-Chair of the National Amicus Committee. As a member of the Amicus Committee, Melody had the honor and pleasure to help draft the Monasky v. Taglieri amicus brief on behalf of the AAML.

Melody is a Top Rated Atlanta Female Lawyer

Melody had a successful career, filled with service to the community. Melody served as a board member of the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association from 2002-2010. Melody was the Chair of that Section in 2009. She is an acknowledged leader in her field and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion as a Georgia Super Lawyer, one of Georgia’s Top 50 Women Lawyers, one of Georgia’s Top 100 Lawyers, Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, and for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Georgia.

Melody’s philosophy of giving back to the community is demonstrated by her awards and achievements in the area of service. Melody was the first recipient of an award named in her honor for her work to promote justice throughout her career, concentrating on those who could not speak for themselves. She was a 2016 recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the 2015 recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Professionalism Award for her work with Therrell High School, Law Day and the Law Day Dream Team Committee, the Atlanta Bar Association’s Community Service Award for spearheading a playground build at Perkerson Elementary School in southwest Atlanta, the Atlanta Bar Association’s Achievement Award for her work as the Co-Chair the Atlanta Bar Law Day Committee, where she continues to serve as chair, and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Family First Award for her extraordinary service and contributions to the families of Atlanta.

Melody is a native of Atlanta, having graduated from Dunwoody High School, Emory University, and the University of Georgia School of Law.

Bar Admissions
  • Georgia 1985
  • Supreme Court of Georgia 1985
  • Georgia Court of Appeals 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia 1985
  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1985
    • Research Editor, University of Georgia Law Review 1984-1985
    • Member, Georgia Law Review, 1983-1984
  • Emory College, B.A., 1981
Honors & Awards
  • Atlanta Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2016:
  • Repeatedly selected for inclusion as a Georgia Super Lawyer
  • Repeatedly named one of the Top 50 Woman Attorneys in Georgia
  • Repeatedly selected for inclusion in The Top 100 Lawyers
  • Repeatedly named one of Georgia’s Legal Elite
  • Repeatedly included in The Best Lawyers in Georgia
  • Community Service Project Award from the Atlanta Bar in 2009 –
    Profiled in The Atlanta Lawyer, Oct. 2009: DOWNLOAD
  • Achievement Award for work as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Law Day Committee, May 2012
  • Atlanta Bar Association Family First Award 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the 21stand 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Atlanta Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, 2016
  • Fulton County Law Day Committee “Melody Z. Richardson Award” recipient, 2016
  • Best Lawyers 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Associations & Accreditations
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Vice-Chair, Amicus Committee 2019-2021
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Chair 2008-2009
    • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect 2007-2008
    • Secretary 2006-2007
    • Treasurer 2005-2006
    • Member at Large 2002-2005
    • Editor-in-Chief, Family Law Newsletter, 2001-2004
    • Immediate Past Chair, 2009-2010
  • President, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court, 2018-2020
  • Master, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Alliance – founding and sustaining member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Phi Alpha Delta (Vice Justice, 1985)
  • Certified Mediator
  • Certified Guardian ad Litem by Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Publications & Seminar Presentations


  • Co-Chair, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Seminar presented by the AAML Georgia Chapter, December 2017.
  • “How to Reform a Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle QDRO”, The Family Law Review, Fall 2016
  • “The Ethics of Social Media”, High Asset and Complex Divorce Seminar, 2016
  • “Best Practices”, 1st and 2nd Annual High Asset and Complex Divorce seminar, 2014 and 2015
  • Emory Law School Litigation class guest speaker and panel member
  • “What Role Can a Lawyer Play for a Child in Family Court?” Atlanta Magazine, March 2009
  • “Heart Flush: Best Interest of the Child Prevails” and “Collaborative Family Law: Catch the Wave,” February 14, 2008
  • “Winning at Mediation: Dance to the Music,” New Developments in Family Law and Mediation, May 3, 2007
  • “Prenuptial Agreements,” Atlanta Woman Magazine, February 2007, (Vol. 6, Issue 2)
  • “For Love or Money: The Financial Aspects of Divorce,” February 14, 2004
  • “Georgia Custody Issues,” November 2000
  • “Georgia Family Law Practice for Paralegals,” October 2000
  • “Reforming a Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle QDRO?,” The Family Law Review, Fall 2016