Melissa Paddy

Managing Partner

Born and nurtured in the heart of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Melissa Paddy is more than just a legal expert. She's a hometown girl who understands the values, concerns, and aspirations of her community. A proud alumna of Archbishop SpaldingHigh School in Severn and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Melissa's local roots shine brightly in everything she does.

After earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Melissa threw herself into the world of personal injury, representing those who were unexpectedly thrown into turbulent times. With eight years of experience, she stoodshoulder to shoulder with those facing life's most challenging moments, ensuring they weren't alone.

Now, as a key member of the Stouffer Legal family, Melissa's compassion has found a new home in the realm of Estate Planning and Elder Law. She's not just here to draft documents; she's here to guide you and your loved ones, ensuring a secure and prosperous future for everyone. Whether it's protecting family heirlooms or ensuring the rightful transfer of treasured firearms, Melissa understands the deeply personal nature of estate planning.

Speaking of firearms, Melissa’s knowledge of Maryland and federal firearms laws allows her to help clients form NFA and Family Gun Trusts, preserving family legacies. And if you're unsure about lawful firearm transfers following a family loss, she's your go-to guide.

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  • University of Baltimore School of Lawa, Juris Doctor
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Member of Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association
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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, District of Columbia
  • Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, District of Columbia

Your Family's Future Is Our Priority

Empathetic at heart and meticulous by nature, Stouffer Legal is dedicated to safeguarding your legacy and the well-being of your loved ones with unparalleled dedication. We are empowering all families through innovative and accessible future planning.


People Often Ask...

  • What would you say are your distinct strengths and capabilities as an estate planning attorney?
    Each person and family story I encounter is unique, and that's why I bring a meticulous eye for detail to every case I handle. But what truly sets me apart as an estate planning attorney? It's my deep sense of empathy. I genuinely care about ensuring your wishes are honored and that your loved ones are taken care of. I also pride myself on my ability to demystify the legal jargon. My goal is to break down intricate legal concepts into easily understandable terms, guiding you step by step. With me by your side, you won’t just understand the process - you’ll feel empowered and at ease.
  • In general, what makes you highly devoted to estate planning as a career?
    Estate planning is not just a job for me; it's a calling. The ripple effects of thoughtful estate planning can touch multiple generations, weaving stories of security, love, and lasting legacies. Each day, I get to be that guiding hand for individuals and families, helping them navigate the journey of safeguarding their cherished memories and hard-earned assets. What fuels my dedication is the knowledge that, through my guidance, I'm alleviating the weighty concerns that often come with saying goodbye. In every plan we craft together, I see the comfort and peace of mind it brings. That’s more than a career to me; it’s a profound honor.

What I Do For Fun...

  • Away from legal work, I spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking or hunting. I’m into CrossFit for fitness and stress relief.
    At home, I have three energetic dogs that keep things lively. But the most important part of my life is spending time with my family, making memories and sharing laughs.

Melissa Paddy is an exceptional mediator, especially in the realm of employment law. Her ability to establish trust with my clients is unparalleled. Malissa offers candid and respectful feedback, crucial for achieving resolutions in complex cases. Beyond employment disputes, I have complete confidence in her mediating any practice area.

Sarah Rodriguez, Senior Attorney

Melissa is one of my “go-to” mediators for employment law disputes. She earns my clients’ trust quickly and provides the frank, respectful feedback that is necessary to attain resolution in my most contentious cases. While I typically use her mediation services for employment disputes, I would trust her to mediate cases in any practice area.

Johnathan Smith, Legal Counsel
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