ABOUT Melissa Raftis

Director and Senior Lawyer

Melissa Raftis

Melissa Raftis is a Senior Solicitor and Director of Perth Family Lawyers.

Melissa is an exceptional lawyer who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to assisting her clients.  She is results and service driven and prides herself on her direct no-nonsense approach to ensure her clients get resolutions quickly and cost-effectively.  Melissa is a respected and experienced family lawyer with over twenty years’ experience and is highly sought after by clients wishing to secure her services.

Melissa completed her law degree and graduated from Monash University in Melbourne in 2000 and commenced employment that same year with a large regional firm that practiced primarily in family law in Kyabram, Victoria.

Melissa was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in August 2001 and in 2002 Melissa was successful in securing employment with Victoria Legal Aid where she worked for five years.  Melissa’s career advanced during her time at Legal Aid and she was promoted to Senior Family Lawyer at the Goulburn Regional Office, Shepparton.

In 2007 Melissa was approached by a boutique West Australian family law firm who offered her a position as a senior family lawyer in Perth. Melissa worked at Shann Family Lawyers from May 2007 until December 2010 where she practised exclusively in family law and mentored junior solicitors and clerks and established her reputation in Perth.

In early 2011, Melissa and her co-Director, Nicola Bowen, established Perth Family Lawyers as a dedicated, boutique family law firm undertaking all aspects of family law, including children and parenting issues, property settlement matters, de facto and same sex relationships, and divorce applications.  Melissa and Nicola established the firm with a view to create a law firm that was genuine in their approach, and was an amazing place for family lawyers to work.

Melissa and Nicola have established Perth Family Lawyers as a premier family law firm in Western Australia. The firm has a solid reputation with a focus on implementing effective and meaningful family law solutions. At Perth Family Lawyers we aim to excel in service delivery and client satisfaction.

Melissa is also a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia, the Women Lawyers of Western Australia, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and the Law Society of Western Australia.