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Local Ratings & Reviews (34)

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rich alchimio 2021/04/17

5.0/5.0

Recently, I retained Needle and Cuda for my divorce. The entire law practice treated me with kindness, compassion and professionalism. The first day I knew I was in excellent hands, and everything I was promised...

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Elealnor W. 2021/04/15

5.0/5.0

Recently, I retained Needle and Cuda for my divorce. The entire law practice treated me with kindness, compassion and professionalism. The first day I knew I was in excellent hands, and everything I was promised...

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Ellie Williams 2021/04/10

5.0/5.0

Melissa is probably the most professional family lawyer in Westport. Highly recommended lawyer and highly recommended law firm.

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Chafic Kanafani 2021/03/02

5.0/5.0

From the first step into this law office to the day my divorced was resolved I got the best legal help and emotional supported by the best people I have ever known. Going through divorce is traumatic and painful,...

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Miki S 2021/03/02

5.0/5.0

Working with Melissa Needle was outstanding. She is very professional and really helped get my divorce finalized. Melissa got things done that my initial attorney couldn't get done in 15 months. Melissa and...

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Vincent Rosdahl 2021/02/22

5.0/5.0

The issues that Family Law contend with are always difficult and inevitably come at an emotional time. It’s therefore extremely important that the lawyer one uses is knowledgeable and professional, but also...

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Michael Kann 2020/12/13

5.0/5.0

Melissa Needle has represented me for over 15 years through a long and frustrating process. I often say, the court system's wheels are rectangular and turn oh so slowly. Melissa has been much more than an attorney,...

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William Marshall 2020/10/06

5.0/5.0

After working with his partner Melissa Needle for the past 15 years thru my 1st judge, the Appellate Court, then my 2nd judge, Her partner Alex Cuda represented me in a 2nd Appellate Court appearance this past...

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Client 2020/10/06

5.0/5.0

Melissa and Jessica were so helpful and empathetic from the first phone call. I unfortunately found myself in a painful and very personal situation where I was being intimidated via email and attorney letters on a...

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Maggie Elisabeth 2020/09/01

5.0/5.0

When you enter the muddy waters of divorce, you need a guide to help you navigate to the other side. Melissa Needle and her team do just that. They are compassionate professionals. At every juncture, Melissa...

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Client 2020/08/27

5.0/5.0

Excellent firm that will guide you through your needs to ensure the outcomes you desire. They are buttoned up and have a team of well established lawyers that know the ins and the outs of the legal process. Best in...

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Quinn Kendall 2020/07/28

5.0/5.0

Ms Needle has put together a team of people who will listen, hear you, and do their best to support you. I really needed their help and she delivered. Family law is not easy and my case was beyond unique. Thank you!

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T. Ryan Kennedy 2020/05/19

5.0/5.0

I would strongly suggest securing Melissa Needle as your attorney before your spouse does. Melissa and her team guided me through each phase of this daunting process with thoughtful care and compassion. Their...

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George Saulnier 2020/02/26

5.0/5.0

Melissa is prepared, knowledgeable, and intelligent. Who could ask for more in an attorney? I am so grateful for her help, you will not be disappointed.

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Jennifer Hallock 2020/01/24

5.0/5.0

I have complete confidence recommending attorney Alex Cuda to anyone in need of legal help. He has represented me through difficult post-divorce proceedings. Throughout this period, Alex kept laser-focus on every...

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Caroline Mecartney 2020/01/23

5.0/5.0

Excellent, not only at figuring out and fighting hard on somewhat complicated legal issues when it makes sense to fight but also at figuring out when it does not make sense to fight and at handling all of the noise...

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Thierry Valat De Córdova 2020/01/13

5.0/5.0

Melissa was personable, efficient, and knowledgeable. With her counsel, I was divorced in less than 6 months.

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Client 2019/09/05

5.0/5.0

Attorney Melissa Needle and her team accomplished a most acceptable revision of a prior divorce contract that others firms said wouldn't happen. I applaude them for their diligence.

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Client 2018/11/16

5.0/5.0

Attorney Melissa Needle along with her Paralegal Jessica Calise represented me through a very difficult revision of a prior divorce contract. Their skills accomplished the goals I needed in a timely manner.

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Jay Ugol 2018/11/16

5.0/5.0

Attorney Melissa Needle & her very competent team have helped me these past 12 + years thru a difficult divorce & two subsequent appeals. She is a good listener who truly cares about what is best for her clients....

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Client 2018/11/14

5.0/5.0

Melissa Needle always made me feel comfortable during a very stressful and emotional time. She was very knowledgeable and worked hard to get this done in a timely manner.

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Client 2018/11/12

5.0/5.0

Melissa Needle and her staff provided me with professional, common sense support during a very difficult process. She never judged, was level headed while dealing with a very obstructionist opposing Counsel, and...

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Client 2018/11/12

5.0/5.0

Melissa is a top-notch divorce lawyer with a vast knowledge of the legal system and the skills to navigate it. But of equal importance to a client going through a divorce, she is sensitive and compassionate and...

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Client 2018/11/12

5.0/5.0

I knew instantly after meeting Melissa that I wanted her to represent me if I was going to get divorced. It is such a difficult and emotional process, but she is professional, reassuring and caring. My divorce...

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Client 2018/11/12

5.0/5.0

Melissa is a fine lawyer who has mastered the art of combining legal ability, strategic thinking and a sense of humanity towards her client. She is a pleasure to work with and I’d strongly recommend her.

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Client 2018/06/14

5.0/5.0

I spent 11 long years in the system. I would not have been trapped there for so long if I had Attorney Melissa Needle as my counsel from the beginning. She was a ray of sunshine in the very dark world of divorce...

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Client 2018/06/13

5.0/5.0

At a very difficult and emotional time, Atty Needle helped to keep things calm. Professional, thorough and to the point, Melissa helped to guide me in the right direction. She quickly gained my trust so I felt...

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Client 2018/06/13

5.0/5.0

Melissa was extremely helpful as I went through my divorce process. She delivered great legal advice with a lot of technical excellence through some very complex employment compensation issues. However, more...

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Client 2018/06/12

5.0/5.0

Melissa has professionally represented me for over 12 years; guiding me thru the legal & emotional hurdles of a difficult divorce, thru a court modification process to the original agreement, thru an appeal to that...

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Client 2018/06/12

4.6/5.0

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Member 2015/09/03

4.6/5.0

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Member 2014/04/19

4.4/5.0

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Partner 2010/05/14

4.2/5.0

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Sole Practitioner 2015/09/11