Melissa  Gott

Melissa Gott

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  • North Carolina
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Managing Partner and the founder of The Law Group, Melissa Gott is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Campbell University School of Law. Melissa is a licensed North Carolina attorney, D.R.C. Certified Mediator, Financial (family law) Mediator, and Collaborative Attorney with Coastal Collaborative Colleagues.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Melissa graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration concentrating in finance and the legal environment of business. Melissa then matriculated to Campbell University’s School of Law. While in law school, Melissa was an editor of Campbell Law Review and participated in such clubs as Project for Older Prisoners and the Federalist Society. She also worked as a research assistant for Williston on Contracts, a national treatise on contract law and clerked for Judge John Tyson at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Melissa graduated with her Juris Doctorate cum laude. She also graduated from Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business with a Master’s in Business Administration. Melissa’s practice focuses primarily on real estate, family law, business law, and estate planning. Melissa has also worked on political campaigns, legislative and other government initiatives, spending time in both Raleigh, North Carolina and Washington, DC.

Melissa is very active in the community, participating in her local church, charity boards, and community organizations, including Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina preservation, The Federalist Society, Cape Fear Area Resource Center, Classical Charter Schools of America, Wayne County Historical Association – Revolving Fund Division, Cape Fear Home Builders Association, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Commission, Governor’s Latino Advisory Council, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, American Heart Association, Jaycees, Guardian ad Litem, and pro bono legal work.

Campbell University
MBA (2003)
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Campbell Law School
J.D. (2003)
Honors: • Campbell Law Review, Article Editor • Campbell’s NCATL, President • Project for Older Prisoners, Co-Chair • Campbell Law Republicans, President • Campbell Federalist Society, President • N.C. Bar Association, Member • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges • Campbell Law Observer, N.C. Supreme Court Editor • Moot Court, Octo-Finalist Team & Top 20 Competitor • Intramural Client Counseling Competition, Semi-Finalist • N.C. Legal Education Assistance Foundation, Membe
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
B.S. (2000) | Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Honors: Graduated "with distinction" Dean's list: 1999 & 2000 Phi Theta Kappa, an academic society
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
The Law Group
- Current
Managing Attorney: Family Law, Real Estate, Business Law, Estate Planning Parenting Coordinator, Collaborative Law Attorney, NC Certified Mediator - Superior Court & Financial
Mast Schultz Mast Mills Stem & Johnson, P.A.
• Family Law, Appellate Advocacy, Medical Malpractice, Corporate & Governmental Litigation, Criminal
Judicial Intern to The Honorable John M. Tyson
North Carolina Court of Appeals
Legal research assistant to Prof. Richard A. Lord, Campbell Law School
Williston on Contracts
Business Law Teaching Assistant at Kenan-Flagler School of Business
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Assisted with civil procedure, criminal law, intentional torts, negligence, product warranty, and contracts
Charles P. Gaylor, III, P.A.
• Closed thirty residential and commercial loans monthly • Prepared deeds, deeds of trust, subordination agreements, HUD-1’s, and title insurance opinions • Aided in the completion of foreclosure documents, 1031 Exchanges, and aviation transactions
Articles & Publications
Who Pays Arbitration Fees?: The Unanswered Question in Circuit City Stores, Inc. v. Adams
Campbell Law Review
Speaking Engagements
Ethical Considerations of Short Sales, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Raleigh, NC
Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Law, Landlord-Tenant: Surviving a Difficult Economy, Wilmington, NC
Sterling Education Services
2011 - 2015
Contract to Closing, Southern Choice Real Estate Academy Continuing Education, Wilmington, NC
The Lawyer as Negotiator of Short Sales, Blackacre Title Insurance Continuing Legal Education, Buies Creek, NC
Family Financial Mediator
North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
Superior Court Mediator
North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
Collaborative Practice Lawyer of the Year
Corporate America Today
Women in Law Award for legal expertise and contribution in real estate
Lawyer Monthly Magazine
Best attorney award
Wilmington Magazine
Highest in Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence
The Legal Network
Attorney of the Year
WCF Home Builder's Association
Highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standard
2015 - 2023
Excellence in Law
Lawyers of Distinction
2020 - 2023
Collaborative Practice Lawyer of the Year
Lawyer International Legal 100
2022 - 2023
Collaborative Practice Lawyer of the Year - USA
Global 100
2022 - 2023
America's Most Honored Lawyers - top 1%
The American Registry
2022 - 2023
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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United States Supreme Court Bar
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North Carolina Bar Association
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New Hanover County Bar Association
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Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina
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The North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Each case is unique and fees will be quoted after an initial consultation.
Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
Foreclosure Defense
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Legal Answers
Q. Ive been driving less then a year & got ticket doing 55mph in a 35mph. What will happen and how much will I pay?
A: In North Carolina, a conviction for a moving violation leads to the addition of points on your driving record. These points remain on your record for three years. If you accumulate more than twelve points within a three-year period, your license will be suspended for sixty days. Additionally, if you receive another eight points within the three years following a license reinstatement, your license could be suspended for six months.

Convictions for speeding and traffic tickets also result in the assessment of insurance points. The number of insurance points you receive directly impacts your insurance rates. Accumulating points for speeding or other traffic offenses can cause your insurance premiums to increase significantly.

Best of luck!

(always remember that each case is different, so speak with an attorney with your specific facts.)
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The Law Group, Attorneys and Counselors at Law
611 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Telephone: (910) 251-6088
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 AM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: After hour and weekend appointments available upon request and attorney availability.