Board of Directors, Sexual Assault Resource Agency, 2012-present
Institutional Review Board, Martha Jefferson Hospital, 2003-present
Board of Directors, Caring for Creatures, 2004-2007
Melissa has a broad practice encompassing civil litigation and employment consulting. She often handles complex matters that do not fit neatly into a particular practice area. Her civil litigation experience includes employment consulting and litigation, complex commercial and contract litigation, trust and estate litigation, and tort and personal injury litigation. She has practiced extensively in state and federal courts throughout Virginia. She regularly advises employers regarding employment practices and policymaking, and is experienced in handling and conducting EEO investigations and administrative claims. She frequently advises on employment issues arising in the education and healthcare contexts, representing both public and private school systems, as well as colleges and universities, small medical practices, and hospitals. She also has significant experience with technology-related issues, such as social medial policies. Melissa's experience in fiduciary litigation includes representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries with respect to risk management issues as well as litigation.
An animal lover, Melissa also has an active animal law practice, in which she assists individuals, animal welfare groups, and commercial entities in a wide variety of areas, including litigation and alternative dispute resolution, risk management, regulatory issues, and product development.
She is committed to giving back to the community and regularly participates in multiple pro bono representations.
Conducted broad-reaching internal investigation for client related to allegations of systemic discrimination.
Resolved disputes regarding the breakup of a medical practice through mediation.
Won summary judgment for employer in case alleging disability discrimination.
Defended real estate appraisal malpractice action resulting in successful motion to strike and summary judgment at conclusion of trial.
Secured defense verdict in a commercial contract and fraud action.
Recipient, Excellence in Labor & Employment Law, ABA/BNA Award
Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Employment and Labor, General Litigation, Schools and Education, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2010, 2012-2014