III Branches Law, PLLC empowers business owners and individuals to be leaders in their chosen profession. The practice provides a full range of advocacy that is client centered, rather than production line service delivery. Few offices approach a situation from a legislative and litigation perspective, mostly because other lawyers have not worked in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. Joan Mell has that varied experience and the firm uses it to help clients navigate the increasingly bureaucratic landscape where business and professionals have to perform at the risk of adverse consequences. We can help you avoid adversity and deal with adversity with dignity and respect.

We have been advocating in all three branches of government for three decades.


When someone says you can’t because it is against the “law,” and then you think, the “law” doesn’t make any sense, consider changing the law. A lawsuit does not always provide you with the remedy you need to take your business to the next level or get you the benefits you deserve.

We know how to change the law to get you the services, rights, and opportunities you need to be successful.


Knowledge makes you competitive. Often state and local government has information you can use. We know how to find and access government information useful to regulated professionals, businesses, and individuals. Government is part of our daily lives, and bureaucracies speak a foreign language.

We can interpret so that you get what the government has promised you.


When the other side refuses to see your point, a court can make them see your point. We help you tell your story better than your opposition.

We like to remedy the injustices of personal injury, health care malpractice, harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, free speech, breach of contract, denial of benefits and rights, defamation, and many others.