I'm super grateful to have the support and wisdom of wonderful people

as I work to run an excellent campaign and learn about our Port and how to make

our future Port better. Here are the names of the wonderful wise ones on my Steering Committee (I trust they'll steer me right in this campaign)

Sam Hunt, State Senator - LD 22              Kathleen Drew, former State Senator

Carolina Mejia, County Commissioner     Nam Nguyen, Tumwater Planning Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor, Lacey          Commission

 Steven Drew, Thurston County Assessor   Kathryn Wyatt, Attorney at Law 


Elected Officials

State Senator Sam Hunt, 22nd Legislative District

State Representative Laurie Dolan, 22nd Legislative District

Superior Court Judge Paula Casey, Retired

State Senator Kathleen Drew, 5th Legislative District, Retired

Thurston County Commissioner Tye Menser

Thurston County Commissioner Carolina Mejia

Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew

Tumwater City Council Member Charlie Schneider

Lacey Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt

Lacey City Council Member Michael Steadman

Lacey City Council Member Carolyn Cox


Thurston County Democratic Women

Chapter 2 of the Washington State Retired Public Employees Council (RPEC)

National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

" I have known Melissa for years as a fellow member of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. We share the same values of social justice and fairness to all regardless of gender, race, religion, country of origin, social position, or sexual orientation. I have observed
Melissa working tirelessly providing legal help to a mutual friend who had been unjustly accused, and doing so without compensation other than knowing she had done the right
thing. I find this most admirable, in an era where many are in it just for the money and prestige. I know that she will work just as hard and effectively on behalf of all the residents of Thurston County."

George Lanning


These are reviews of Melissa's legal services on the top lawyer review websites.  

You can expect the same level of service from Melissa if you elect her as your Port Commissioner.


William Dacus -  5.0/5.0 stars


Melissa and her team were very patient and knowledgeable and helped me work through a very difficult divorce that lasted nearly a year. The results I achieved were unexpected and due to Melissa's expertise, I was able to resolve my case in mediation. Her advice and counsel helped me achieve a peaceful divorce and I was able to settle custody issues with results I didn't think I would get. Highly recommend to any fathers out there who are having multiple and complicated issues. Thank you again for all your help!

Jennifer Layne -  5.0/5.0 stars


I had the pleasure to work with Melissa and her staff on a last minute custody case. We had very little time to prepare! I am so thankful that Melissa was my first call. After just a few minutes on the phone, I knew we had made the right choice! We are located in California and had no knowledge of attorneys in the area, it was a huge relief knowing we had found the right attorney! The time she took to get to know us, as well as, the other party involved, really warmed our heart. She truly cares about people! Fast forward a couple of weeks and Melissa was able to resolve the matter without further court hearings. We are so lucky and blessed to have worked with Melissa and her entire team, every bit of the process was flawless! Her team is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her services, it is by far one of the best experiences we have had. Thank you Melissa and team at Ascher and Denton!

B Barker -  5.0/5.0 stars


Melissa's extensive experience, coupled with her professionalism and warm demeanor, have made what I expected to be a difficult time to be relatively painless. Melissa and her assistant, Jay, were always available for any question or concern I had. Highly recommend Ascher & Denton!!

Carl Zambuto -  5.0/5.0 stars


After interviewing several family law attorneys I was delighted to meet Melissa. Right away I felt like I could place myself and my needs in her very experienced, capable hands. She was strong and solid as a rock while I was in my weakest emotional state. Her ability to take command and do what is necessary was such a relief to me. As a result we got a ruling that I believe is fair, and am very happy with. I'm also very happy with her pricing structure. I feel its the best money I've spent in a very long time. I've continued to retain Melissa as my family law attorney and call on her frequently to help me with details in the aftermath of my divorce. I recommend Melissa highly. I want to also put in a mention for Kaylene. She is absolutely amazing. Her expertise, attention to detail and "bedside manner" are phenomenal. Thank you both for everything you've done and continue to do on my behalf. -Carl

Jennifer Templin  -  5.0/5.0 stars


I had a very tough and emotionally draining case that in the beginning looked like it should be simple. When I met Melissa Denton I was immediately impressed with her ability to be pragmatic and compassionate all in the same moment. At all times during this process she was professional and did a perfect job at making sure I understood my options for each moment I had to go through. I also had a huge amount of time spent with her staff......Kaylene and Dani......and again I was nothing but impressed with their ability to handle everything with grace, alacrity and sincerity. In addition, since this is a huge financial consideration, I was always charged in a more than fair manner and I left the entire experience feeling like these women were my guides through one of the most emotionally trying times in my life. My sincerest thanks to all of you for your efforts and for helping me to move forward with my life feeling like I was part of a something way more special than just a business transaction.


A Z -  5.0/5.0 stars


I am very lucky to have found lawyer Ms. Denton and exceptionally happy with her service! She is phenomenal, not only knowledgeable, professional, on point, but also compassionate, witty, highly intelligent. I highly recommend her for anyone seeking a super lawyer without reservation.

Raymond Armani

5.0/5.0 stars


I would recommend this company to anybody that needs a great family attorney. Thank you Melissa and Ingrid for your help! Amazing job!!

Sans Gilmore

5.0/5.0 stars


I've known Melissa Denton for almost 25 years. She is a highly effective attorney.

Stephanie Golubski

5.0/5.0 stars


Melissa represented me through my divorce. Her compassionate, sound advice was above and beyond what I expected from a divorce lawyer. Her professionalism stood out among others I looked at to handle my case. In the end I was extremely pleased with the results. Melissa's made me feel confident and sure things would be ok. I'm very grateful for her expertise and guidance through the entire process.


Kristie Solis

5.0/5.0 stars


Melissa Denton is an incredible, compassionate lawyer with a wealth of knowledge in Family Law. She takes a personable and caring approach when working with her clients. Melissa made me feel at ease and confident that my case would be settled impartially and just. During the legal process, she ensured that I remained stress free, managing every detail of my case. I hired Melissa six years ago and when I was faced with another legal encounter, I didn't hesitate to call her again. She is truly an effective and efficient lawyer that is passionate about the law and her clients.

Nikki Cortés

5.0/5.0 stars


I just wanted to take a moment to let you know of my experience with Attorney, Melissa Denton and Law Clerk, Kaylene Petitt. Far too often, people are eager to write letters or make a phone call to complain, but I wanted to take the time to write to say that I am very pleased with their performance, support, professionalism and determination. Throughout my case, they were always very quick to respond, available, and always patient in explaining the status and details/developments of my case. Communication was excellent. Melissa took great care to listen to my concerns before, during, and after my case. Melissa also gave me the courage to do what is in the best interest and safety for me and my children.

Both Melissa and Kaylene did everything in their power to ensure this process had truly been as smooth and comfortable as possible. Every step along the way, I was kept informed of the progress, promises were maintained, and copies of communication between my lawyer and the defendant’s representatives were always sent to me. I could not have asked for more! I thank and commend Melissa Denton and Kaylene Petitt for providing highly professional and caring service throughout this process. I highly recommend Ascher and Denton Family Law. They have gone above and beyond what I expected of a law office to ensure that my family was taken care of and I am happy with the results of my case.

tamara brazell

5.0/5.0 stars


Melissa is more than an attorney she is somebody who cares and brings more to the table than just closing a divorce case. She listens and communicates many more objectives to a situation!


stasha aitken

5.0/5.0 stars


Melissa Denton made my divorce as quick and painless as possible. She was an amazing advocate for my children. This woman is fierce, smart, and fa

REVIEWS FROM AVVO.com  (5 Stars = 100%)


Mr. Raymond L. Land

5.0 stars

September 6, 2008

Attorney Denton was quick to put my mind at ease when I first required her services. Her approach to my needs were calming and reassuring. She was always ethical and fair and insisted on the same from both myself as well as opposing counsel. She made no statements or promises that did not, in the end, finalize as presented. Her methods were always focused on solving the issues as opposed to confrontation and engagement. I would use her services again and recommend her highly.

Highly Recommended

5.0 stars
September 12, 2008

I was in a custody battle for a little over 5 years when my daughter was little, and it was a real mess. I had been through many attorney's who did not understand the complexity of my case, all the filings and restrictions that were placed on me were something they could not undo, and they made me feel that my case was hopeless. It ended in a way that was not favorable to me and I see that it was taken way too far–it was taken to trial and it did not need to be. I was granted liberal visitation but my daughter lived with her father at the end of all that. I am certain the court ruled this way because I had poor legal counsel or–at times, none at all because I couldn’t afford it. The cost of it all was outrageous and unnecessary. When I look back on those years, I am very sorry that I did not have Melissa for legal counsel, as she could have really changed the outcome for my daughter, myself, and all the heartache of families involved--not to mention we would have saved a ton of money. My daughter decided to live with me for high school and moved in. This sparked a new battle: 7 years after the original battle ended, my case was reopened by my ex-husband, again fighting for custody of our daughter. It seemed that the same convoluted filings were made and crazy things happened to the point where I was not allowed to see my 15 year old daughter. Somehow he had managed to file papers that yanked my daughter out of school (and our home) on her second-to-last day of her freshman year, before she had taken her finals, placed me in contempt of court slapped my with all attorney’s fee’s and placed a restraining order on me in what seemed like one fell swoop. I scrambled to find an attorney, found one and retained him. He totally did not help me in this pivotal moment and things became worse for me legally. I felt completely helpless in my situation. I called the attorney I had retained frustrated and said I would not work with him anymore because he made everything worse. He referred me to Melissa Denton. Upon my first meeting with her she clearly understood the series of filings, the situation I was in legally, and my position. She said it would be a matter of undoing what had been done and getting the right evidence in front of the judge. She clearly saw through my mess and constantly put me at ease through the matter. She understood that it was a very stressful time for me and my daughter and was always very assuring, polite and clear about what was happening. She undid all the damage and I regained custody of my daughter in a fairly short amount of time. She is extremely bright and did not miss a single opportunity to clear up my case. She was on top of every single action, quick with responses, and extremely knowledgeable of the system. She always returned calls promptly and is very respectful and honest. Melissa is literally the most effective, professional attorney I have ever worked with. I am very grateful for her services. I would highly recommend her.

Melissa Denton, ASCHER & DENTON, PLLC

5.0 stars
June 19, 2009

It was a pleasure working with Melissa and her staff. Her kind words and dedication to my case eased many of my uncertainties. Through our dialog, she was able to determine my legal problem. She communicated the legal speak in terms I could clearly understand, and accomplished all we discussed and more. I would work with Melissa again.

Top notch attorney

5.0 stars

Posted by Lucas
August 5, 2015

Melissa and her staff were unbelievable. She saved me about $30,000 in spousal maintenance and I was able to keep %100 of my pension. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a divorce done quickly with optimum results. Her rates are fair as well.

Professional and knowledgeable with excellent communication skills

5.0 stars

Posted by G.H.
February 22, 2016

I highly recommended ASCHER & DENTON, PLLC , the firm has a great team. Melissa has a great personality and a real sense of caring which made me feel at ease. Very nice team with experience and knowledge. I could always contact with any questions, and her thoughtfulness is much appreciated. Very grateful for her help. Thank you very much.

Great Choice!

5.0 stars

Posted by Stephanie Golubski
January 5, 2017

Melissa represented me through my divorce. Her compassionate, sound advice was above and beyond what I expected from a divorce lawyer. Her professionalism stood out among others I looked at to handle my case. In the end I was extremely pleased with the results. Melissa's made me feel confident and sure things would be ok. I'm very grateful for her expertise and guidance through the entire process.

Very helpful and honest, Assertive !!

5.0 stars

Posted by SHEILA
July 14, 2017

I submitted a email to avvo looking for help, I was contacted by 3 attys over the week after, Melissa Denton was the first to reply and the only one who contacted me personally the other two had assistants make contact . I immediately felt relief just from listening to vm. when I called her back the next day she took my call which happened to be a holiday. I was able to find out things that the other two lawyers would need a large consult fee to answer, melissa denton was understanding patient and assertive, listened without judgement and never once made me feel like it was all about getting hired, she is very helpful and i believe that she truly cares . I am not yet able to retain an attorney but as soon as I am Melissa Denton will be who i hire


Posted by SHE.LA
August 2, 2017


100% client recommended 4 recommendations
5.0/5.0 stars 4 reviews

5.0/5.0 stars - Submitted on 03/12/10 in Family Law

I am pleased to be able to write a review for Melissa Denton. We recently engaged her to represent my brother in a very difficult family law matter involving a CR 60 motion. Her approach to this and her well thought out analysis was impressive. She consistently kept us up to date as to the status of the process. She was able to convince the judge as to the validity of her argument, and it was decided in our favor at the one court appearance. We are enthusiastic to recommend Ms. Denton.

5.0/5.0 stars - Submitted on 08/31/10 in Family Law

Melissa is a very good lawyer. I really felt like she had my best interests at heart and she got me the settlement I needed.

5.0/5.0 stars - Submitted on 05/13/11 in Family Law

Melissa has been wonderful through such a stressful time she always made me feel better about my situation. She would spend as long as she had to on the phone to explain things to me so i wouldn't be so worried. when i needed to get a hold of her or I emailed her she was very quick about getting back to me. I will definitely use her in the future for any legal matters.

5.0/5.0 stars - Submitted on 08/09/11 in Family Law

Melissa Denton knows all aspects of family law. Her expertise enables the best possible representation.

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