Melissa R. Taylor - A Cordell & Cordell Minneapolis Divorce Attorney

Melissa R. Taylor

Lead Litigator

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.”


“[Melissa] is very knowledgeable and upfront about things that I didn’t even think about with my case.”


“I have no complaints with Melissa. She is good at keeping me up to date with things going on even when things are quiet on my end. I also liked the road map letter because it gives a general synopsis of what could happen through the duration of this case.”


“Melissa has been great. I tend to get frustrated with the court system and she always calms me down and helps me understand what is going on. I am dealing with a very difficult [opposing party] and she always keeps me calm.”


“Everything went very well. Melissa made it a priority to get things moving in order to protect me and my assets. Melissa was even very helpful with getting me documentation to keep the refinance of my property moving along.”


“I have been very happy with the communication between myself and my attorney, and her responses to last minute issues.”


“​Melissa takes the time to really understand the issues and pain points, and isn’t afraid to have the hard discussions. She is very good about following up and keeping the process moving. I wouldn’t have anyone else represent me and my daughter.​”


​ “Melissa has represented my case in a professional and caring manner at all times. Her responses are prompt and well researched/thought-out. I’m lucky to have her representation.” ​


​”I am very pleased with Melissa and her service. She has provided prompt updates and thorough information. I feel my matters are being looked after in an exceptional way, my opinions are taken into account, and I am being treated with the utmost respect.”​