Melissa E. Chapman


Professional Personable Advocate

Melissa practices in a variety of areas including estate planning and administration, commercial and estate litigation, business and real estate law.  She is a skilled communicator and advocate for her clients, providing sound and practical guidance at each stage of the case.  Melissa is professional, attentive, and compassionate whether she is assisting her clients with their estate plan, the probate of a loved one's estate, or a contentious dispute.
In her estate planning and administration practice, Melissa specializes in probate and trust administration and related litigation, estate planning, and conservatorships and guardianships.  She brings harmony to individuals and families dealing with end-of-life issues and helps them efficiently navigate the estate administration process from beginning to end.  When probate or trust litigation arises, Melissa acts as a zealous advocate for her clients, while also keeping in mind the delicate family dynamics intrinsic to estate litigation.  She is adept at guiding her clients through both the emotional and technical nuances of this niche area.
Melissa has a diverse litigation practice defending companies and individuals in business, real estate, and employment disputes.  Her clients benefit from her practical approach to litigation and drive to achieve favorable and creative solutions to legal issues, whether through resolution in or out of court.
Melissa enjoys being actively involved in the Portland legal community.  She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Business Litigation Section of the Oregon State Bar, the Events Planning Committee for the Multnomah Bar Association, the Portland Committee of the University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association, and the Associates Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice.  In these roles, she is able to contribute to the enrichment of the legal profession by donating her time and support to these and other worthy legal causes.

Little Known Facts: Has a degree in biomedical engineering | Avid snowboarder | Ran Boston marathon in 2006 


Selected by peers to the Oregon Rising Stars list for five straight years (2014 - 2018) Melissa received an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of Oregon Lawyers under the age of 40 or in practice for less than ten years See more News See more Articles Print Bio

Representative Matters

  • Commercial and consumer collections
  • FED eviction proceedings
  • Employment litigation
  • Tort defense
  • Shareholder disputes
 Estate Planning and Related Litigation
  • Trust administration
  • Probate
  • Estate and trust litigation
  • Probate disputes
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
Corporate and Intellectual Property
  • Entity selection and formation
  • Copyrights
  • Trade and service marks
  • Due diligence
  • Environmental regulations and proceedings

Speaking Engagements

Melissa is a frequent speaker on estate planning issues. She has also presented sessions on employment issues at the firm’s annual HR Legal Update since 2012. 


University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. 2009)
University of Utah (B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2005)


Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar


Oregon Women Lawyers
Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

News & Events

FWW Attorneys Selected as 2018 Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars


We are pleased to announce three of our attorneys have been named to the Super Lawyers list as top attorneys in Oregon for 2018. In addition, one attorney was named to the Oregon Rising Stars list for 2018. READ MORE



Five Farleigh Wada Witt attorneys have been named to the Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for 2017. READ MORE

Employment Alert for Oregon Employers: Minimum Wage Increase


Starting next month, new minimum wage rates take effect under Oregon's geographically-tiered minimum wage law, including the first Portland Metro-area-specific increase from the base rate. READ MORE

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