Melissa specializes in complex commercial litigation.  She has extensive experience in a variety of legal areas, including antitrust, class actions, contract disputes, and business torts on both the trial and appellate levels. She has represented clients in federal, state, and international courts.

Melissa has been a core member of a number of high profile trial teams, including the team that secured a complete victory for Uber in Malden Transportation v. Uber. She has represented many other prominent clients in high-profile matters, including American Express, Barclays, Qwest Communications, and Oracle. Melissa has been involved in multijurisdictional and international cases in which she was responsible for developing and coordinating legal strategy with domestic and international counsel.

Melissa shares the firm’s commitment to pro bono legal practice, and has supervised a number of associates in landlord tenant disputes in D.C. Superior Court. She also successfully brought litigation against the District of Columbia for failure to caption videos on its website, which excluded deaf and hard of hearing individuals from accessing important information about government services. This resulted in a Mayoral Order requiring that the District of Columbia caption or provide transcripts for such videos. This case appears to have been one of the first of its kind on the United States, and helped ensure that the District’s government agencies were not just physically accessible, but also digitally accessible.

She was previously named to the National Law Journal’s list of D.C. Rising Stars. Early in her career, she clerked for Judge Henry Kennedy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Melissa’s representations include:

  • Representing a major computer technology company against breach of contract claims
  • Representing a class of purchasers of polyurethane foam alleging price-fixing by manufacturers
  • Defending a major financial institution against class action claims that it unlawfully manipulated various benchmark indices
  • Representing purchasers of TFT-LCD products alleging a price-fixing conspiracy by manufacturers
  • Representing a class of health insurance purchasers alleging a regional conspiracy to monopolize the markets for health insurance and health care
  • Defending a telecommunications company in matters related to securities fraud in the U.S. and abroad
  • Representing a private equity firm alleging fraud by a financial institution in a jury trial
  • Representing a corporation in an arbitration alleging fraud in the sale of auction rate securities

Surpassing expectations, defying labels: Life as a deaf attorney and working mother, ABA Journal (January 2018)

Not Quite "Family Friendly": Amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to Provide Comp Time May Hurt Welfare Leavers and Their Families 12 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol'y 273 (2005)

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, History/Women's & Gender Studies; Phi Beta Kappa

Bars

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court: District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: First Circuit

Super Lawyers D.C.: Rising Star, 2014 and 2015

National Law Journal Washington, DC’s list of rising stars of 40 lawyers under 40

  • Hon. Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., U.S. District Court: District of Columbia