Melinda Taylor is a managing attorney for Collins Family & Elder Law Group and shares her time between the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina, and Fort Mill, South Carolina offices. In 2013 she graduated Cum Laude from the Charlotte School of Law with a Juris Doctor. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 1996. Melinda primarily practices in family law but has experience in many areas of civil litigation. She is admitted to the S.C. Bar and U.S. District Court for South Carolina.
Experience & Scope of Practice
Melinda was previously the head family law attorney at another law firm. She has extensive experience in advocating for clients who were victims of domestic violence. She has also represented clients in custody, divorce, adoption, child support, separation, and birth certificate cases. She has completed the South Carolina family law mediation course and has mediated many custody and divorce cases with simple and complex issues. She was elected to South Carolina’s Legal Elite list for Family Law in 2020 and 2021, a list comprised of lawyers whose peers have been selected as one of the best practitioners in their field in the State of South Carolina.
Melinda walks every day. She also enjoys riding bikes and spending time on the lake with her family.
2020 & 2021
I try to live my life by treating other people like I want to be treated and always doing my best in everything that I commit to.
- J.D., Charlotte School of Law, Cum Laude
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina
Membership, Associations, & Awards
- South Carolina Bar
- Richland County Bar’s Public Interest Committee
- Legal Elite in family law by Columbia Business Monthly in 2020 and 2021
- Attorney of the Year at her former law firm
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She guided me through the process
I hired Melinda Taylor after having to let go of an attorney working on my case to gain visitation with my granddaughter.
Melinda called me back in a very timely manner and listened intently to everything I had to say which was a lot because the case had been dragging on for over a year in and out of court. She took in all of the information and had my case filed in court before I had a chance to worry. Melinda was patient and sincere but very easy to talk with and allowed me to get my thoughts out like it mattered. She guided me through the process giving me options but always cautioned me where I might go wrong. When I would get discouraged, she would encourage me. If I got panicked, she would calmly reel me in. I don’t believe any other attorney could have been a better fit.
Thankfully, the outcome actually exceeded my expectations! We are enjoying more time with our granddaughter than I thought possible, and I definitely believe it is because of the competency, knowledge and effort that Melinda put into this case. I will be forever grateful.
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