Our firm handles criminal defense, family law, personal injury and more for Arkansas clients.


Melanie Clatanoff


Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 13
  • Debtor Relief
  • Landlord/Tenant


Originally from the D.C. area, Melanie earned her BA from Tufts University in Boston, and her JD from the University of Minnesota School of Law in Minneapolis. She earned admission to the New York bar in 2011 and worked for the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council, and in private practice, across the U.S. She relocated to Northwest Arkansas in 2013 with her husband, and practiced administrative law and appellate procedure as a contract attorney. Here in Northwest Arkansas, she was the Department Chair for Criminal Justice at Bryan University, and she worked for over four years as Trial Court Assistant to Benton County Circuit Judge John R. Scott. Melanie became a member of the Arkansas Bar in 2020, and joined Catterlin & Arnold to continue her zealous representation of clients, now in the fields of family law, bankruptcy, debtor relief, landlord/tenant law, general civil litigation, and more.

In her downtime, Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and their labrador, Dasiy. She loves to travel, and listen to comedy podcasts.  


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor - 2010
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Tufts University
    • B.A. - 2007
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: French

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas
  • New York

Professional Associations

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Benton County Bar Association

Past Positions

  • Social Security Administration's Appeals Council
  • Benton County Circuit Judge John R. Scott, Trial Court Assistant

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Criminal Justice at Bryan University, Department Chair