Melissa Needle


"I achieved the best possible outcome, and know that Melissa made all the difference. I am very grateful for her expert representation, and for her understanding and support."


"When I realized my marriage of 27 years was broken beyond repair, I approached Melissa Needle to represent me. Melissa's goal was to avoid a trial. "That's not the way I like to do business," Melissa said. Some attorneys exploit emotions in order to increase billable hours regardless of the financial and emotional toll on the client. Melissa does not work this way. Unfortunately, my spouse and his attorney chose a path of divisiveness, and we were forced to go to trial.
As the trial date approached, Melissa and I worked together to create a plan. She gave me the confidence to testify under oath, even while under cross examination by a very tough attorney. Most important, Melissa never allowed the emotional back story to blur her understanding of the relevant facts--the information Melissa knew would matter to a judge when rendering a decision. Her grasp of the financial details, in my case involving years of deferred compensation earned by my spouse, was superb.
Had it not been for the thoroughness of Melissa's presentation, and her paralegal's attention to details, the outcome for me would surely have been less favorable. Melissa knows the Family Courts and the judges who preside over them. She understands how the system works, which is not always the way the client would like it to. But her representation is grounded in realities based on years of experience.
Melissa is smart and supportive. She empowers her clients instead of patronizing them. Melissa is experienced and plugged-in. She is tough when she needs to be, but she's never a bully. Melissa will always choose a fair and amicable path, but will fight for her client's best interests should a trial become necessary. Melissa Needle is an excellent lawyer. She's also a highly ethical and empathetic human being. And she has my highest praise."
D.S. - Westport

"I felt that my case could never be settled...I was at a loss, not knowing which way to turn. You took my case, that appeared hopeless, and gave me back hope . . . I knew I was in capable hands. My decision to hire you was the best decision I have ever made. Thank you for your time, patience, and support and for settling the case so that I could move on with my life."
R.C. - New Canaan

"Divorce is a scary and emotionally draining experience for both sides, regardless of the circumstances. Melissa's professional and yet personal approach softened the impact of what is otherwise a potentially destructive process. She had a strong grasp of the law, was very professional and respectful of all parties, and yet represented what was fair across the board. She gave me the confidence in my positions on things and allowed for a flow of rationale discussions eventually leading to a final agreement that was fair for both parties, allowing each to walk away with dignity and confidence. I can't say enough how grateful I was during that difficult time for her counsel."
B.C. - Weston

"I knew I was in good hands after my first meeting with Melissa Needle. She listened to my story with compassion, and thoroughly explained my legal options to me. I made difficult choices, based on her guidance and expertise, with the confidence that I needed to move forward with my divorce and my life. She offered a very realistic point of view, and her positive attitude helped me through very dark times. It also helped to know that she was always just a phone call away, and that she was capable of dealing with complicated issues and unexpected problems. I achieved the best possible outcome, and know that Melissa made all the difference. I am very grateful for her expert representation, and for her understanding and support."
B.E. - Westport

I came to Melissa after my divorce and settlement were finalized with the intention to relocate out of state. One meeting with her and her paralegal, and I knew I found a like-minded advocate. Like many in similar circumstances, the situation was emotionally draining and easily one of the most difficult periods of my life. Melissa was sympathetic to the emotional toll a relocation can cause, yet expertly led me through the legal process and CT family court system. Throughout the nearly year long procedure, she kept her eye on the ball and focused on a positive result. She took every step to avoid a trial and worked hard towards a settlement. When it became clear that we were going to trial, she was thorough, prepared, and navigated the Family Court system with certainty and years of experience under her belt. Her expertise in this realm gave me the confidence to endure 2 days of cross examination and 6 days of trial with grace and composure. Thankfully Melissa won my case for me and I was permitted to relocate with my child to another state.
Your choice of counsel during these highly emotionally-charged times is the single most important decision you can make. At this vulnerable time in your life, you need an advocate that will consider your short and long-term interests. If Melissa had been the lawyer to handle my divorce, I firmly believe she would have thought through a potential relocation with a solid divorce agreement and I would have avoided the emotional heartache and financial toll of litigation.
I highly recommend Melissa to anyone in a difficult family situation. She and her firm have my highest respect and I will be forever grateful for their guidance.

Needle | Cuda
830 Post Road East, Suite 101
Westport, CT 06880
t: (203) 557-9500
f: (203) 557-9504