Melissa Cowle

Melissa Cowle

Associate, Attorney at Law
Offices: Dallas | Frisco
Tel: 214-273-2400 Email: LinkedIn:


As an associate attorney at Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, Melissa Cowle represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, parental visitation, spousal support, property division, marital agreements, paternity and modifications.

In her own practice, Melissa approaches those she represents with genuine concern and a desire to put them at ease. She understands those who come to see her are good people who may be at a particularly low point in their lives. She provides them with personal attention and an unwavering commitment to their goals and needs while they navigate the challenges and stressors that often accompany an immense life change. She works with her clients to uphold their best interests and is a zealous advocate for their rights and liberties. She helps her clients plan for the future and leads them toward making the best-informed decisions for their family, as they transition to a new phase of life.

A 2016 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Melissa was active in the Student Bar Association and served as class president. Melissa earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University, where she was a member of the SMU varsity soccer team.

Melissa holds active memberships in several legal associations such as the Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Annette Stewart American Inn of Courts, the Texas Family Law Foundation and the Collin County Women Lawyers Association. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRs), an organization that supports survivors of breast cancer.

Melissa is a native Texan, born and raised in Dallas. Outside of work, she enjoys baking and working out.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization – 2024

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Property Division
  • Enforcements
  • Family Violence
  • Marital Agreements
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Mediation & Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas


University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma

  • J.D. – 2016

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

  • B.S. – 2012

Published Works

  • Hot Topics in Family Fiduciary Litigation, (co-authored with Marilea W. Lewis), 11th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, State Bar of Texas, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2024
  • Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2022-2024
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2022-2024

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section
    • Family Law Section Board Member
      • Technology Liaison (2022)
      • Director – Seat 3 (2023)
    • Collin County Bar Association
    • Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation, Board of Directors