Serving Payne, Logan, & Noble Counties
Melissa DeLacerda has engaged in the private practice of law in Stillwater, Oklahoma, since receiving her J.D. with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1979. The majority of her years in private practice have been as a solo practitioner with a heavy emphasis in family law.
Ms. DeLacerda is a member of the Payne County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, and the America Bar Association. She has been an active participant at the local, state, and national levels throughout her career, having served on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors in 1983-1986, the OBA Board of Governors in 1996-1998, and as a two-term member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Client Protection in 1999-2002 and 2003-2006. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Editors for the Oklahoma Bar Journal.
In 2001, Ms. DeLacerda was elected President-elect of the Oklahoma Bar Association in a contested election, and in 2003 she became the second woman in OBA history to serve as its President. She received OBA President’s Awards from President Doug Sanders in 1999 and from President Buddy Neal in 2001. In 2003, she received the Solo Practitioner of the Year award from the Oklahoma Bar Association Solo and Small Firms Committee, and was awarded the Annual Bar Leader of the Year award by the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the American Bar Association.
Ms. DeLacerda was one of fifty Oklahoma women selected by The Journal Record as Woman of the Year in 2003. She was included in a book published in 2003 entitled, Leading the Way: A Look at Oklahoma’s Pioneering Women Lawyers, which features women attorneys from before statehood through today, highlighting their accomplishments. She has published numerous articles appearing in the Oklahoma Bar Journal and has spoken at seminars around the country on ethics and client protection.
In 2007, Ms. DeLacerda authored the Family Law volume of the West Practice Series which she updates yearly. After serving six years on the Professional Responsibility Commission she was elected to the Judicial Nominating Commission in 2015 for a term of six years.
Melissa DeLacerda, Attorney-At-Law