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Hancock, Melissa A.

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Law
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Contracts
  • Nonprofit Law
  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate Law
  • Elder Law


Melissa A. Hancock is a founding shareholder of Schnell & Hancock, P.C. She is a Quad City area native. Melissa began her law practice as an associate attorney with Kintzinger Law Firm, P.L.C. in Dubuque in 2002. In 2005, Melissa and her family returned to the Quad City area. She resides in Blue Grass, Iowa, with her husband and two children.


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: International Studies

Bar Admission

  • Iowa, 2002
  • Wisconsin, 2003
  • Illinois, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 2002

Classes & Seminars

  • Iowa Tax School, 2003 to 2003
  • St. Ambrose University – CommUniversity, 2006 to 2006
  • ISU Scott County Extension, Nonprofit Management Academy, 2007 to 2009
  • Frequent Speaker on estate planning topics at various professional and community organizations, including Rock Island Arsenal Educational Programs and Genesis Educational Programs

Past Positions

  • Pappas & Schnell, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2005 to 2008
  • Kintzinger Law Firm, P.L.C., Associate Attorney, 2002 to 2005

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Quad City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy, 2007 to 2007
  • Quad City Leadership Alumni United
  • Loras College Alumni Association
  • Dress for Success Quad Cities, Board Secretary, 2011 to 2013

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Scott County Bar Association, Member
  • Rock Island County Bar Association, Member
  • Quad City Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, Member
  • Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Partner