Allow me to (re)Introduce myself

I’m Merissa, an Entrepreneurial Lawyer, Author, Speaker, and go-to Problem Solver whose work is centered around Family, Personal, and Business Development.

Named as one of Black Enterprise’s “Top 10 Black Female Attorneys You Should Know,” I am the Founder and Managing Attorney of The Collective Legal, a full service Life, Business & Crisis Management Firm that consults and/or represents our clients to prevent, minimize,& solve life’s challenges.

While I’m most known for my work in Family Law, particularly in high-conflict child custody and divorce cases, my expertise extends across diverse sectors. From advising Business Leaders to guiding Artists, Entertainers, Athletes, Celebrities, and individuals entangled in high-net-worth or high-profile cases, my breadth of experience is expansive. Whether orchestrating lucrative business and brand deals or deftly handling legal conflicts, my strength lies in strategic problem-solving. My specialty is minimizing the impact of challenging situations, whether it’s a looming lawsuit, an unraveling situation, or a crisis in full swing. I thrive in restoring order amidst chaos.

What I Do.


Whether you’re navigating the complexities of Pre-Marital agreements (“Pre-Nups”), dealing with a Child Custody battle, Domestic Violence, Child Support, Divorce, or require assistance with other family-related issues such as Guardianship, Adoption, or Grandparents’ rights, I can guide you through every step of the process. My team provides comprehensive support and personalized solutions to address your unique situation and pursue the best possible outcome for your family.

With our unique focus on high profile cases, we provide confidential & comprehensive case strategy and management services to high profile individuals and their teams. By conducting a thorough analysis of existing or potential legal matters, we identify the strengths and weaknesses of each case, create a clear case strategy based on our client’s goals, and assist with the execution of the plan via ongoing consulting, case management, or serving as co-counsel.

With our unique focus on high profile/high net worth cases, we provide Black Artists, Entertainers, Athletes, Celebrities, and others involved in high net worth or high profile legal matters with comprehensive legal and crisis management services, guaranteed to safeguard their interests both in & out of the courtroom.

The problem with traditional law firms, is that lawyers don’t care about what happens outside of the billable hour; meaning they care about the case, but not necessarily the client. The Collective, however, understands that legal issues have a tendency to detrimentally effect other areas of your life. Depending on the level of conflict, cases can to lead to anxieties or mental health issues, as well as trigger actions, which may jeopardize your reputation and livelihood. When they do, our team is there with comprehensive services to ensure you have the tools you need to safeguard your interests, not only inside the courtroom, but outside of the courtroom as well. In doing so, we step up where other firms fall short, helping our client’s navigate the collateral damage that often accompanies legal battles.

Our in-house team of highly skilled professionals is experienced in the following:

  • Crisis Management & Strategy
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Development
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence Education and Recovery
  • Reputation Management
  • Communication Strategy and more

The Collective is comprised of a Stellar Legal Team to handle your Litigation needs. Whether you are facing Divorce, Child Custody/Support Disputes, Criminal charges, Lawsuits, or other serious legal matters, our team is equipped with Legal Specialists, Strategists, and experienced Trial Lawyers who will advocate on your behalf to protect your interests.



Don’t take my word for it!
Tia P
Tia P
October 20, 2023
My experience with Attorney Merrisa Grayson and her team was nothing less than amazing. She took on my case while it was already ongoing. I was so stressed and overwhelmed and I’m so glad I found her. She’s professional and so knowledgeable. She dominated in the court room and won my case! I couldn’t be happier with her work. I will use her every time! I highly recommend! She’s worth it!
May 26, 2023
Merissa is the most professional family law attorney I have ever experienced. She is very knowledgeable and fights for you and for what’s right. She was able to go above and beyond for me and my case. I highly recommend her services.
Mom Jordan
Mom Jordan
October 24, 2020
Merissa Grayson is a down to earth kind of lawyer. She tells you like it is. There are no surprises. I've been a client of hers for over 10 years. From trademarks to court cases. She's always effective and efficient. Thanks to her law firm. 3 of my companies are now officially trademark (Registered) with the seal. ®️ I couldn't be more pleased. Also, allow me to add as a family lawyer she is amaziny patient. And explains the process thoroughly. I recommend her and her firm to anyone who is looking for an honest effective Lawyer.
Jamil Gittens
Jamil Gittens
August 7, 2020
Merissa is a true professional and working with her has been an enjoyable experience. She’s a phenomenal attorney.
Julie Wions
Julie Wions
August 6, 2020
Merissa's level of professionalism, patience, support, care, and knowledge was an incredible asset and greatly served my needs in moving forward with peace of mind. She was so helpful. I was very impressed and would most certainly work with her again!
Kia Walker
Kia Walker
February 9, 2019
There is such an overwhelming sense of uncertainty and fear with the thought of court. Fortunately, I was able to find an advocate in Merissa who came highly recommended with dealing with family law. The ability to look at her content on YouTube and getting periodic emails after I signed up made the task of considering tackling some issues on our own worth it. My husband & I have even done a virtual consultation with her in preparation for court. Merissa has the ability to empower the lay person to arm themselves with knowledge and breaks down the daunting procedures that are family law. She is very approachable and I could tell she has a heart to serve & equip. My only wish is that she was closer to represent us!
Sarida Stutts
Sarida Stutts
October 11, 2017
Mrs. Grayson is an awesome family law attorney that fights hard for her clients. She is very knowledgeable in family law matters and provides great advice. She is passionate about her work.... this woman even works while she is on vacation!!! If you need a family law attorney who will be honest and work hard for you, Merissa V. Grayson is who you need to call.
Arlana Brooks
Arlana Brooks
September 21, 2017
Merissa is extremely knowledgeable of family law. She talks you through the process and provides the pro's and con's. I am most happy with my results!
Natalie Gouché
Natalie Gouché
August 18, 2017
Merissa gets it done! When most people think of lawyers they think of stuffy, non responsive, impersonal people. Merissa is the exact opposite! What I love about working with her is that I can see she REALLY cares about her clients and she goes the extra mile to handle you needs in a timely manner. Key word... Timely! Her professionalism is second to none. I have hired her several times for my business (copyright, contracts etc.) and she now is my family lawyer as well. I can't imagine working with anyone else at this point. I will add, although I haven't needed to use her for her Blended Family services, I have seen the work she has done for other families and highly recommend her in this area. I don't know anyone else in the industry that goes to bat for their clients like she does in the space of co parenting and family law. Her results speak for themselves!

Work With Me.




If you’re looking to retain a Lawyer and want to work with me, then the first step is to apply for a complimentary 20-minute evaluation (valued at $250).


If you’ve checked out my articles,  videos, or other content and still need more information, advice, or ongoing consulting regarding your specific situation, let’s chat!

03. Press + Media + Speaking.

Passionate about educating and inspiring people, I’m frequently invited to speak at events, media outlets, and organizations on topics related to family, business, self-development, and of course Law.  I also facilitate educational and legal events to raise awareness throughout the community and to encourage individuals to be proactive in their personal and legal affairs.

*If you are a reporter, producer or booking agent on a tight deadline, please call 310-321-4617.



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