Melinda Rodgers is a legal assistant with Apple Street Law Office, P.L.C. She provides a wide range of support for our clients, attorneys, and others around her, and keeps the office running smoothly. Melinda is the first point of contact with the firm, and she takes that role very seriously. Each day she is motivated by the opportunity to help people, and experience new and interesting challenges. She has been with our firm since 2004 and is an integral part of our team. She handles work for all the firm's attorneys within the areas of Estate Administration, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Criminal Law, and Social Security Appeals. She has been a licensed Michigan State Notary since 2011.
Laurie is a part-time assistant whose "behind-the-scenes" work is remarkable! Although you may only catch her from time to time, that is no representation of how much she actually does. She handles everything from advertising to record keeping.
Samantha is our paralegal, specializing in Family Law with a focus on Child Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support matters. She has a passion for alternative dispute resolution and is State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO) certified in domestic relations mediation and domestic violence screening.
Samantha has experience as a Parenting Coordinator, helping to implement the parenting time orders of the court and to resolve parenting disputes and supervising parenting time. She became a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s legal assistant section after earning her American Bar Association (ABA) accredited Bachelor Degree in Paralegal Studies from Davenport University. While attending Davenport, she worked side-by-side with the Department Chair of Paralegal Studies assisting with the renewal of the ABA accreditation. Samantha continues to attend continuing legal education seminars to stay current on the changing laws. She has been able to achieve her accomplishments with the assistance of a houseful of four boys and a loving, supportive husband.
Prior to Davenport, Samantha earned an ABA accredited Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Kellogg Community College where she graduated with honors as a member of the paralegal honors society, Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX). During her internships at KCC, she worked closely with a local defense attorney on a Michigan Supreme Court foreclosure case helping with the preparation of the brief. While attending KCC, she jumped at the chance to shadow a Special Assistant Attorney General regarding the preparation for and attending of child support hearings, which sparked her interest in family law.
Samantha and her family are long-standing members of the Barry County community. Her family has owned business in Hastings, including the Shell Gas Station and Hastings Color Center.