Melanie McBride

Associate Attorney

Scottsdale divorce attorney Melanie McBrideScottsdale divorce attorney Melanie McBride enjoys practicing family law because of the results she has obtained for her clients and the positive impact that’s made on their lives and their children’s lives.

Divorce is often a harrowing experience for the entire family. With so much at stake, you need an attorney you can count on to represent you and protect your rights. Ms. McBride is up for that challenge.

“I will always continue to fight for what is right,” she said, “even during the toughest times.”

The road ahead of you may seem daunting, but Ms. McBride will be with you every step of the way.

“Together we will work to accomplish your goals and you will find the peace and the strength that you and your children need to build a successful life together,” she said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. McBride is licensed to practice in Arizona.


Ms. McBride received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Arizona State University. She earned her Juris Doctor, with distinction, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, in late 2015 through mid-2017, Ms. McBride was retained as Special Counsel to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office specifically to defend the State of Arizona in Federal Court against two high-profile class action lawsuits. Prior to that, she operated her own law firm, which focused its practice on catastrophic personal injury cases and highly contested custody matters. Before operating her private practice in 2013, she spent the first seven years of her practice at a full-service law firm in downtown Phoenix. There she managed a large caseload containing various legal matters ranging from construction defect cases to business litigation to catastrophic personal injury cases. She also handled pro bono family law matters during her tenure.


  • United States Supreme Court (2009)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2005)
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona (2005)
  • State Bar of Arizona (2005-Presnet)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (2005-Present)
  • Federal Bar Association (2005-Present)
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association( 2013-2017)
  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy (Board Member, 2010-2012)
  • Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association (2005-2013)
  • Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court (Treasurer, 2006-2013)
  • Rotary International Phoenix 100 (2008-2016)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix (Member of Board of Directors, 2011-2013)


  • Ms. McBride was recognized in 2014 as a Southwest States Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.
  • Named 2015 Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney, Southwest Super Lawyers