Wilmington Divorce Attorney Melenni Balbach | Cordell & Cordell

Melenni Balbach

Associate Attorney

Wilmington divorce attorney Melenni BalbachWilmington divorce attorney Melenni Balbach knew she wanted to practice family law after she witnessed a custody trial during her first year of law school. During her time working as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina, she realized she wanted to do more than domestic violence work and was able to see firsthand the disparate impact that men can face in family law court.

“I always wanted to be the type of attorney that fearlessly advocated on behalf of my client while doing what was in his best interest,” Ms. Balbach said. “I am not afraid to litigate a case. While I will do my best to work out a solution prior to trial, I am always willing to put my clients first and litigate to get my clients the outcome they deserve.”

While no two family law cases are the same, Ms. Balbach promises to do her best to prepare her clients for what the divorce process will look like.

“I realize this may be your first time in a courtroom, and I hope to make you at ease while you are going through such a difficult time,” she said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Balbach is licensed to practice in North Carolina.


Ms. Balbach received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from North Carolina State University where she graduated Cum Laude. She earned her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law. During law school, she was a member of the Mock Trial Team and an Academic Fellow. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Order of Barristers and received the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Award for her excellence in trial advocacy.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Balbach was a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina. She primarily worked in the Domestic Violence Unit where she provided legal counsel to victims of domestic violence.


  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2021
  • New Hanover County Bar Association, 2021
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, 2021
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2021