Lawyer in Tulsa, OK

Melissa F. Cornell, Esq.

Melissa F. Cornell, Esq. | Lawyer photo
Cornell Law Firm
Creating New Futures
CORNELL LAW FIRM is a full-service family law firm experienced in managing difficult legal issues for clients across Oklahoma. Our Tulsa attorneys provide you with compassionate, diligent, and skilled assistance to secure the best possible results for you and your family. Let us work to provide you with the legal advice, guidance, and experience you need to ensure a future that is bright and secure.

We are the solution to your problems.

Keeping our practice small has allowed us to become familiar with each and every client who hires the firm. With a strong commitment to staying on top of the latest trends in family law litigation, CORNELL LAW FIRM goes above and beyond professional requirements to find the best and most effective approach to your case. If you desire personalized, detailed representation, our dedicated team will certainly meet your expectations.

Further, because we are dedicated to providing the highest quality services at rates that work for you, we can work on a traditional retainer basis, or on a flat-fee basis, depending on the complexity of your legal issue and the work involved.
 Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2004
Juris Doctor, with Honor
Member: Board of Advocates
Member: Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity
Honor: Order of the Barristers
Law Journal: Editorial Staff Member, Tulsa Law Review
Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO, 2001
Bachelor of Science
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: History
Since Melissa F. Cornell began practicing law more than a decade ago, she has focused her career on family law and issues involving families. No matter the challenge you face, Ms. Cornell has the drive, passion, and knowledge to champion your case with efficiency and skill. Her approach is a unique mixture of problem-solving and advocacy filtered by a lifetime of experiences and having a family of her own.


Melissa grew up in a single-parent household with a strong working mother as a role model. Seeing how hard her mother worked to make ends meet for her family, Ms. Cornell appreciates the dedication it takes to succeed. Hard work is the best and most rewarding way to achieve any goal, and to overcome any obstacle. Melissa decided from a young age that she wanted to put that work ethic and drive to use for others, and because she enjoyed learning the law and how it could help people, she decided to become an attorney.


Melissa is dedicated to giving back to both the legal community and the community at large. Since graduating, she has volunteered for the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Children in the Law Committee, the Mentor Committee, the Professional Responsibility Committee, the Young Family Lawyers Committee, and Tulsa Lawyers for Children. In addition, she has served as chair for the Family Law Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association and the Young Family Lawyers Committee, as well as being a Tulsa County Bar Association Delegate to the Oklahoma Bar Association.

She is also a frequent speaker and presenter on divorce and family law topics at both local continuing legal education seminars and national continuing legal education seminars has been published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal.


• Termination of Joint Custody: Is the Law in Oklahoma Disjointed?, 78 OKLA. BAR. J. 411 (2007).


• Johnson v. Wingert, 2011 OK CIV APP 128, 268 P.3d 145


• Order of the Barristers—2004
• Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers—2011-Present
• Directory of Distinguished Attorneys—2010-Present
• AV Preeminent Rating—2009-Present
• Oklahoma Rising Star—2009-Present
• Tulsa’s Top Lawyers as published by Tulsa People Magazine—May 2011-present
• Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers—2011-Present
• National Association for Professional Women—2011-Present
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Oklahoma Bar Association, Family Law Section
Tulsa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Tulsa County Bar Association, Professional Responsibility Committee
Tulsa County Bar Association, Children in the Law Committee
Tulsa County Bar Association, Young Family Lawyers Committee
Bar Admissions
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Practice Areas
 Children (Custody, Support)  Family Law
 COVID-19-Related Legal Help  Mediation
 Divorce  Online / Video Legal Consultation
2504 E. 21st Street
Suite A
TulsaOK 74114