Melissa offers her clients the benefit of her eleven years of experience in civil litigation, and has first-chaired numerous bench and jury trials across Ohio and Texas. She practices in all types of civil disputes including personal injury, construction, premises liability, arbitration and subrogation.

Before joining the firm, Melissa gained extensive litigation and trial experience while working first as managing in-house counsel for a major insurer, and then as head litigation attorney for a major personal injury firm. As a result, she brings strategy from both sides of a dispute to her practice and is adept at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a case.

Before moving to Texas in 2007 Melissa practiced in Ohio, focusing on employment law, estate planning, and juvenile law and child advocacy, in which she won multiple cases and appeals. Having worked so closely with cases involving clients’ families and careers, she knows that the outcome of every case is of vital importance and treats every case as significant. In addition to litigation services, Melissa offers her varied legal experience and exceptional communication skills to effectuate creative solutions as a mediator.

Honors and Activities

Law Review, University of Akron School of Law, Assistant Editor 2002-2003 and Board Member (Text & Research Editor) 2003-2004; International and Comparative Law Program, University of Queensland, Australia, Diplomate 2002; Upward Bound, Kent State University, English Instructor 2005; Street Law, Attorney Advocate at Norton High School 2004-2006; The University of Texas School of Law Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, Mediation Training 2015; Austin Dog Rescue, volunteer and support.

Admissions

State Bar of Texas; Ohio (2004-Inactive), U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

EDUCATION

Heidelberg College Honors Program (B.A., with honors, 1998); University of Akron School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2004)

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