PRACTICE AREAS

Divorce and Family Law

EDUCATION

George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 2001)
Towson University (B.A. 1995)

Melanie Corbin Rice

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

“Our Virginia Bar certificates say Attorney & Counselor of Law, and some days I am more counselor than attorney.”

Ms. Rice has been an Associate with Nichols Zauzig since 2003 and focuses on domestic relations law. 

Prior to joining Nichols Zauzig, Ms. Rice was an attorney with Rappahannock Legal Services in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

Ms. Rice is extremely active in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), currently serving on its Board of Governors, the Membership Committee and as a member of the Women’s Caucus. 

She previously served as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee and as Chair of the Family Law Section of VTLA.

Ms. Rice’s involvement in the community includes serving on the Board of Directors for Empowerhouse since June 2002. The organization supports survivors of domestic abuse in the Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania areas of Virginia.

Also for VTLA, Ms. Rice chaired the organization’s Advance Family Law Retreat on International Issues in Custody and Visitation Cases. She has written outlines for and presented at the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Annual Convention on subjects such as: adultery in spousal support; equitable distribution and working with Guardian ad Litems in contested custody and visitation cases.

On the personal side,  Ms. Rice teaches  ballet, tap and jazz weekly and is a fan of all things Disney. She, her husband and son visit New York City annually for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

INSPIRATION

Read Getting Personal with Melanie Corbin Rice for greater insight on Ms. Rice’s interests and why she became an attorney.

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association​
    • Board of Governors, 2018
    • Member, Women’s Caucus Committee, 2018
    • Member, Membership Committee, 2018​
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Empowerhouse (supports survivors of domestice abuse), Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Instructor, Barton & Williams School of Dance, Fredericksburg, Virginia

“Ms. Rice handled my divorce, custody and visitation of my children. I am a former military wife. Ms. Rice exhibited extreme knowledge about military retirement and benefits. She was aware of and prepared the special orders required to divide military retirement accounts. She and her staff were always responsive to my calls, answered my numerous questions and gave me legal advice that was always accurate.” – Avvo client

“Betty was the partner who handled my divorce along with Melanie Rice….[They] worked nights and weekends to try to get opposing counsel closer to a balanced settlement. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.” – Holly

“Melanie knows the law and is highly ethical,” Former client, Lawyer.com review

Melanie Corbin Rice

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

PRACTICE AREAS

Divorce and Family Law

EDUCATION

George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 2001)
Towson University (B.A. 1995)

Overview

Ms. Rice has been an Associate with Nichols Zauzig since 2003 and focuses on domestic relations law. 

Prior to joining Nichols Zauzig, Ms. Rice was an attorney with Rappahannock Legal Services in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

Ms. Rice is extremely active in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), currently serving on its Board of Governors, the Membership Committee and as a member of the Women’s Caucus. 

She previously served as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee and as Chair of the Family Law Section of VTLA.

Ms. Rice’s involvement in the community includes serving on the Board of Directors for Empowerhouse since June 2002. The organization supports survivors of domestic abuse in the Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania areas of Virginia.

Also for VTLA, Ms. Rice chaired the organization’s Advance Family Law Retreat on International Issues in Custody and Visitation Cases. She has written outlines for and presented at the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Annual Convention on subjects such as: adultery in spousal support; equitable distribution and working with Guardian ad Litems in contested custody and visitation cases.

On the personal side,  Ms. Rice teaches  ballet, tap and jazz weekly and is a fan of all things Disney. She, her husband and son visit New York City annually for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

INSPIRATION

Read Getting Personal with Melanie Corbin Rice for greater insight on Ms. Rice’s interests and why she became an attorney.

Leadership

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association​
    • Board of Governors, 2018
    • Member, Women’s Caucus Committee, 2018
    • Member, Membership Committee, 2018​
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Empowerhouse (supports survivors of domestice abuse), Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Instructor, Barton & Williams School of Dance, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Testimonials

“Ms. Rice handled my divorce, custody and visitation of my children. I am a former military wife. Ms. Rice exhibited extreme knowledge about military retirement and benefits. She was aware of and prepared the special orders required to divide military retirement accounts. She and her staff were always responsive to my calls, answered my numerous questions and gave me legal advice that was always accurate.” – Avvo client

“Betty was the partner who handled my divorce along with Melanie Rice….[They] worked nights and weekends to try to get opposing counsel closer to a balanced settlement. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.” – Holly

“Melanie knows the law and is highly ethical,” Former client, Lawyer.com review

“Our Virginia Bar certificates say Attorney & Counselor of Law, and some days I am more counselor than attorney.”