Melissa Nicholson Breit

Melissa Nicholson Breit’s Profile:

Quote from Melissa Nicholson Breit: “Using a background in math and being a business owner along with the expertise of having practiced with my father who focused on business work, I offer a niche specialty in complex business and financial divorce cases.   However, as a mother and wife of another business owner, I am sympathetic to family issues while appreciating the financial nuances.”

After growing up in Sioux Falls,  Melissa Nicholson Breit went to college in Indiana at DePauw University, where, among other things, she majored in Math and played college basketball.  After graduation, Melissa Nicholson Breit returned to South Dakota to go to law school at the University of South Dakota, primarily with the intent to practice with her father, who has been a mentor to her, both in the practice of law and life in general.  After practicing in excess of twenty years and forty years respectively, they handle a variety of litigation and business-related legal work.  Recently, they are excited as Shane Vogt has joined them as an associate.  They strive to offer an effective resolution of our clients’ cases in a straightforward, personal way with an emphasis on common sense.

Melissa Nicholson Breit values good working relationships with other attorneys and judges, and practice primarily in the following areas:


  • Expertise in High Asset/Complex Business and Financial Issues related to Divorce Cases
  • Divorce/Family Law
  • Knowledge of/emphasis on business issues in divorce and related litigation
  • Custody and Relocation cases/trials
  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Litigation

 When looking for an attorney it is important to find one who fits both your legal needs and personality; one who makes you feel comfortable that your matter is being taken care of in the most effective and appropriate way.  What sets our approach apart from others is our goal to make sure our client’s situation is approached with common sense, in addition to being a strong advocate.  Client decisions make a big difference in the outcome, length, and expense of a situation.  Our main concern is that you feel you are given all of your options, with advice from us, and then able to make an informed decision on how best to proceed.  We will advise you, but you are ultimately in control of how your case is resolved.  We handle our client’s situation with logical, effective attention to detail.  We strive to keep the big picture in mind and advocate for a resolution that best fits the particular facts of your case in a personal and comfortable manner.

Melissa Nicholson Breit’s Professional and Community Memberships and Associations:

  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Current President of South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (Current President)
  • Family Law Committee, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Family Law Committee, State Bar Association
  • Past Bar Media Liason, State Bar Committee Chairperson
  • Past Evidence Committee, State Bar
  • Leadership Sioux Falls Graduate 2002
  • South Dakota Senator Daschle’s Leader’s Retreat 2000

Licensed to Practice Before:

  • South Dakota trial courts and agencies
  • Supreme Court of South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Melissa Nicholson Breit lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Tony Breit, and their daughters, Presley and Octavia Breit, and (on occasion) their older siblings, Ashtyn Breit while she attends Augustana College and special visits from Layken Breit who lives in Pueblo, CO.

In spare moments, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, playing the guitar or piano, friends and discovering things to cook that my husband, kids, and she will all eat. 🙂

  • Divorce/Family Law
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Knowledge of/emphasis on business, family law and litigation related issues
  • Civil Litigation