Melissa Needle | Westport Divorce & Family Lawyer

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Melissa Needle

Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Child Custody, Alimony & Spousal Support, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Property Division, Parenting Plans, Post Judgment Modifications, Enforcement & Contempt Actions, Divorce & Family Law Appeals, Same Sex Marriage, Restraining Orders, Review Counsel for Mediation

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Attorney Melissa Needle is a lifetime Connecticut resident. She was born in New Haven, raised in Fairfield, and now resides in Westport with her family.  Attorney Needle is a third generation attorney with deep family roots in Connecticut.  Her father, Attorney Charles Needle, was a founder of the Connecticut firm Zeldes, Needle & Cooper in 1971.  Since her admission to the Connecticut Bar in 1990,  Melissa has exclusively practiced divorce and family law. Melissa started Needle | Cuda: Divorce and Family Law in 2010.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named Needle | Cuda a Connecticut Top 10 Best Firm in Client Satisfaction in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Attorney Needle is an active litigator with an impressive track record.  Many of the cases in which Melissa appears involve high net worth divorce property division, complex business valuations, highly contested custody, and petitions for child relocation. She is well-known in Connecticut courts as a forceful, but fair fighter; an attorney with great integrity; and as a worthy adversary who does not shy away from litigation if that path is the best opportunity for her client to reach an equitable solution.  Melissa understands that divorce is not just about the dissolution of marriage or stop-gap solutions but helping clients develop and negotiate a comprehensive plan for the rest of their lives.
Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerNeedle | Cuda: Divorce & Family LawWestport, CTPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Whittier Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1990  
Tufts UniversityBachelors1987
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New York1991
Connecticut1990
  • Connecticut Bar Association | Family Law Section
    American Bar Association
    Fairfield County Bar Association
    Greater Bridgeport Bar Association | Family Law Section
    Connecticut Family Lawyer | Editorial Board | Former Member
    Special Master | Connecticut Superior Court
  • Family Law and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Family Law Attorney Connecticut | 2020 - 2021
    American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIFLA) – 10 Best | 2-Years 2019 - 2020
    National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top 10 Attorney | 2019 - 2020
    Super Lawyer’s Honoree | 2019- 2020
    Peer Review Rated | Martindale-Hubbell | 2018
    AVVO Clients’ Choice Award | 2018
    AVVO Top Attorney | 2018
  • Speaker | Connecticut Bar Association 2010 Annual Meeting
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(1991) Licensed as Attorney in New York. Verified with New York State Unified Court System.February 17, 2021
(1990) Licensed as Attorney in Connecticut. Verified with Connecticut Bar Association.February 17, 2021

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Westport, CT 06880
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