Melina specializes in the field of long-term care. She works with Elder Care Advisor, Melissa Coulter, to help clients every step of the way in getting benefits either through the VA or Medicaid. These benefits help our clients and their families tackle the challenges of aging.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Melina did her undergraduate work at West Chester University outside of Philadelphia and received her law degree from Southern Illinois University. (She’s the only one in the firm who doesn’t really participate in the Cubs vs. Cards rivalry, as she’s a Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan all the way!)

During law school, Melina participated in SIU’s Elder Law Clinic, traveling to various towns in Southern Illinois and providing free legal services to seniors. She adored working with this group of clients and knew that she wanted to pursue a career in Elder Law after law school. She sought out the best elder law practice in Springfield, and “it quickly became evident that all roads pointed to David Edwards and the Edwards Group firm,” so she reached out to him.

The holistic approach to legal counseling that she saw at Edwards Group was very unique, and Melina realized right away that the firm was a true resource for clients who are experiencing some of the most difficult times of their lives. In addition to the holistic approach, she loves that everyone at Edwards Group is exceptionally kind and welcoming. She also really appreciates the focus on learning—a core value of the firm and the reason behind David’s free informative workshops.

When she is not at Edwards Group, Melina enjoys reading, arts and crafts, baking and cooking, tennis, bocce, hiking, traveling and spending time with her fiancé.

Read about our Elder Care Advisor, Sandy Eisenmann, here.