Melissa Wolf Riley


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  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, cum laude, Notes & Comments Editor, Richmond Law Review, 1998
  • Washington and Lee University, BA, 1995
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

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.

"Good client service depends upon recognizing what makes each client unique."

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Melissa Wolf Riley
T: +1 434 977 2598F: +1 434 980 2275Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

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