Van Meter Law Office, P.C.

Caring Adoption Attorney Helping Clients Statewide

Melisa L. Van Meter


Norman, OK





I was born the youngest of three children into a military family at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, on January 29, 1966.  My parents were in the United States Air Force.  We traveled the world going from duty assignment to duty assignment.  I graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, West Germany.  I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor degree in political science and history.  I was one of the first Carl Albert Undergraduate Fellows at the University of Oklahoma.  I interned as a Cortez A.M. Ewing Fellow in then Senator David Boren's Congressional office in Washington, D.C. before going to law school.  I graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with Juris Doctorate in 1991.  I have been practicing law in Norman, Oklahoma since August, 1991.  Originally, I was part of Ridgeway & Van Meter Law Office.  I worked  there until August, 1997, when I launched  my own office on August 11, 1997.  I practiced only in the area of family law, concentrating in matters of children.  I found my calling when I performed my first adoption case.  After that, I decided to focus my area of practice to adoption and guardianship.  In 2002, I adopted my son, John.  We currently reside in Norman, where I enjoy watching my son participate in basketball, baseball and other sporting events, school and church.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Guardianship of Minors

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1991


  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
    • J.D.
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Honors: With High Honors

Honors and Awards

  • Carl Albert Undergraduate Fellow--internship with Senator David L. Boren
  • Alfred B. Sears Award--history

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 1991 to 2014
  • Cleveland County Bar Assoc., 1991 to 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Ridgeway and Van Meter Law Office, Associate, 1991 to 1997

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, 1991 to 2014