Melissa S. VanZile

Melissa S. VanZile

Richmond, Virginia
(804) 796-1000
(804) 762-9654

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2004


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2004
  • Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: Scholastic Honors Society
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • "Third Party Custody and Visitation Present Challenges", Family Law Supplement for Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • "The Evolving Realm of Family Law – Non-Traditional Family Units," NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar (2010)
  • "Child Custody and Visitation: The Interplay of Statutes on Parental Rights, Responsibilities, Commencing, & Defending an Initial Custody Proceeding," Contributing Author, NBI (2008, 2009)
  • "Relocation and Custody and Visitation," Bench Bar Conference (2007)
  • "Changes to Child Support Deviation Factors," Bench Bar Conference (2006)
  • "Cross Examination of Experts in Custody Cases," Bench Bar Conference (2005)


  • "Grandparents and Third Party Custody and Visitation," Richmond Legal Staff Association (2015)
  • "Financial Planning in Divorce," Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia Chapter Meeting (2014)
  • "Custody and Visitation," Richmond Paralegal Association Meeting (2014)
  • "Drafting Separation Agreements, The Who, What, Where, When and How,"Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association, Seminar for Paralegals (2011)
  • "Child Custody and Visitation," Richmond Paralegal Association, Spring Seminar (2011)
  • "The Evolving Realm of Family Law-Non-Traditional Family Units," NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar, Author and Speaker (October, 2010)
  • "Child Custody and Visitation - The Interplay of Statutes on Parental Rights, Responsibilities and Parent/Child Content," Commencing & Defending an Initial Custody Proceeding, NBI Seminar, Speaker (June, 2009)

Honors and Awards

  • Ranked One of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Virginia by Super Lawyers (2018-2019)
  • Listed Attorney, The Best Lawyers in America, "Family Law" (2018)
  • Listed Attorney, The Best Lawyers in America, "Family Law" (2017)
  • Leader of the Law Award, Virginia Lawyer's Weekly (2016)
  • Virginia Super Lawyer Family Law, Richmond Magazine, (2013-2019)
  • Reader's Choice for Lawyer's, Richmond Times Dispatch (2015)
  • Virginia Legal Elite Lawyer (2014-2015)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers' Rising Star, Richmond Magazine (2011-2012)
  • Virginia Legal Elite Young Lawyer (2010)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Scholastic Honors Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, President
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Innsbrook Rotary Club, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Richmond Bar Association, Member
  • Henrico County Bar Association, Member
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association, Member
  • Metropolitan Women's Bar Association, Board Member
  • Annual Bench Bar Conference , Past Co-Chair
  • St. Joseph's Villa Flagler Home, Past Board Member
  • Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, Past Board Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Hall & Hall, PLC, Partner (2004-2013)