Melissa Wheeler Hoff

Family Law & Litigation


Melissa Wheeler Hoff, our very own Newport Beach divorce attorney, has a knack for turning the complex world of family law into a navigable journey. She was drawn to this field because of the intricate psychological, emotional, and financial issues involved. It's like a puzzle, and she's got the knack for finding the right pieces. Her dedication to her clients is unwavering, especially when it comes to high-stakes games like high-asset divorce and high-conflict custody cases.

Melissa is like a tour guide through the winding paths of the marital dissolution process. She's there every step of the way, from the calm waters of mediation to the rocky terrain of pre-trial litigation, the negotiation table of settlement discussions, the intense atmosphere of evidentiary hearings, and the marathon of long-cause trials. And she doesn't stop there! She's also your go-to for post-judgment matters, like enforcement and modifications. She's got your back, no matter what.

One of Melissa's superpowers is her ability to connect with people. She's like a human comfort blanket, helping clients feel at ease during what can often be an uncomfortable process. She approaches family law cases with mindfulness, proving that empathy and strength can coexist. She's like a yoga teacher for divorce litigation, helping to reduce the stress and emotional impact on families.

Melissa strikes a balance between being a fierce advocate and a no-nonsense representative. She's not afraid to tell her clients what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear. It's like having a personal trainer for your divorce, pushing you to do what's best for you, even when it's tough. She believes that it's possible to dissolve a marriage without destroying the family unit, and she's committed to helping her clients achieve a healthier, more amicable settlement.

In the world of family court, disagreements can easily turn toxic and leave both sides with bitter feelings. But Melissa is like a peace negotiator, committed to helping her clients reach a healthier, more amicable settlement. She's a firm believer in taking the high road, and as she often says, "You can dissolve your marriage without destroying your family if you are willing to take the high road." With Melissa on your side, you're not just getting a lawyer, you're getting a partner in your journey.



Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Domestic Partnership Dissolution
  • Domestic Violence
  • Visitation Rights
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Legal Separation
  • Annulment


  • Juris Doctorate – Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • Bachelor’s Degree – University of California Berkeley

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California, 2014

Professional Positions, Associations, and Memberships

  • California State Bar
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators (AACFL)
  • California Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • California Lawyers Association - Racial Justice Working Group
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • SCU Family Law Society

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Rising Star - Super Lawyers
  • 2021 Rising Star - Super Lawyers
  • 2020 Rising Star - Super Lawyers
  • 2020 Top Contributor - Avvo
  • 2020 Recognition for Professional Involvement - Lawyer Legion
  • 2019 Rising Star - Super Lawyers