Melissa Jill Needle

Melissa Jill Needle

Needle | Cuda - Leading Divorce and Family Law in Fairfield County
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Connecticut, New York
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Summary

Attorney Melissa J. Needle focuses her practice exclusively on family law. Based in Westport, Connecticut, she provides astute advice and counsel to clients throughout Fairfield County--serving Westport, Greenwich, New Canaan, Wilton, Darien, and Fairfield. Ms. Needle has been admitted to practice before all Connecticut state courts since 1990, and she is also admitted to practice in New York.

Attorney Needle's approach strikes a hard-to-find balance between aggressive client representation and the preservation family. Before starting Needle|Cuda, Attorney Needle found that most firms in the market practiced at the extreme ends of the spectrum -- either being overly aggressive or collaborative to a fault.  Needle|Cuda strives to deliver a service that brings clients the best of both worlds to its clients because the long-term dynamic and health of your family is worth protecting.

Attorney Needle specializes is high net worth divorces and deals frequently with closely held family businesses, hedge fund investments/ownership interests, private equity ownership interests, complex family trusts, and other complex assets valuations. A forceful courtroom advocate and expert family law litigator, Attorney Needle has also worked on highly contested custody and relocation disputes, although she strives to help her clients come to an agreement in a less-adversarial manner such as mediation when that is possible.

Ms. Needle's experience has also encompassed the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and various types of protective orders for domestic violence victims.  Attorney Needle also helps clients who have already divorced and who are seeking enforcement of or modifications to existing support and parenting orders.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce

    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce

  • Family Law

    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law

Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
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New York
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Needle | Cuda
Current
Education
Whittier Law School
J.D. (1990) | Law
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Tufts University
B.A. (1987) | English
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Awards
Clients’ Choice Award
Avvo
Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 2434157
Member
- Current
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Connectuct Bar Association
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association  # 01302717
Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Connecticut Bar Association , Annual Conference , Hartford, CT
CBA
Speaker at the Earning Capacity Session
Connecticut Bar Association , Annual Conference , Hartford, CT
CBA
Speaker at the Earning Capacity Session
Certifications
10 Best Attorney - Connecticut
American Institute of Family Lawyers
10 Best Law Firm - Connecticut
American Institute of Family Lawyers
Top 10 Family Law Attorney
Attorney and Practice Magazine
A+ Rating
Better Business Bureau - BBB
10 Best Attorney - Connecticut
American Institute of Family Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Needle | Cuda Divorce and Family Law
830 Post Road East Suite 301
Westport, CT 06880
Telephone: (203) 557-9500
Fax: (203) 557-9504
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed