Melissa R. Taylor

Associate Attorney

Edina Divorce Attorney Melissa TaylorEdina divorce attorney Melissa R. Taylor decided she wanted to be an attorney so she could help people in a meaningful and practical way. Family law gives her fulfillment by enabling her to help people find real solutions that work for their family.

A rational and critical thinker, Ms. Taylor understands her clients are going through a difficult and emotional process.

“While I am able to empathize with their situation, I also provide an objective, outside perspective,” she said.

Divorce is extremely challenging and almost always involves numerous emotional highs and lows. Ms. Taylor is there through each step to advocate for her client’s rights and help them make the best possible decisions for their own individual situation.

“I will guide you and advise you along the way, but ultimately this is your case,” she said. “I will give you an honest assessment of the strength of your case, and you might not always like what you hear, but it’s important to know what options you have and the risks of each one before making a strategic decision.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Taylor is licensed to practice in Minnesota.


Ms. Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society while graduating Summa Cum Laude from Winona State University. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Taylor practiced family law, including some estate planning, first with a solo practitioner and then at a small law firm.


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012
  • Minnesota Stat Bar Association New Lawyers Section, 2012
  • Minnesota Wills for Heroes, 2011
  • Dakota County and Scott County Divorce Clinics, 2015



“Melissa’s communication skills are exceptional.  Although all that communication does come at a cost, which is the only downfall.  Otherwise, she was extremely knowledgeable and informative.  She helped me out a lot.”


“Melissa has been great!  Honestly, everything has been great.  You all have been the most painless group of attorneys I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”


“Melissa is doing a great job keeping me up to date on where we are and what is next.  For someone who has never been through this process before, I feel really informed.”