Summary

Melissa’s principal practice area is employment law, with a particular emphasis on prevention and defense of employment-based litigation. She has represented governmental and private clients in workplace discrimination litigation, policy formulation, and employment-related investigations. Melissa routinely advises clients on issues surrounding employment-related agreements and restrictive covenants, reductions in force, wage and hour matters, pay disparity issues, and medical leave matters. She also frequently provides clients with in-house training on workplace best practices, harassment, medical leave, and conducting internal investigations. Melissa is recognized as a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers for employment and labor.

Melissa’s practice also includes representing universities in employment matters and student affairs, including discrimination, harassment, student misconduct, breach of contract, and tenure. She also conducts internal investigations for schools and athletic departments.

In addition to her employment practice, Melissa has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation matters and business disputes. She also has significant experience managing large scale electronic discovery matters.

Melissa is also heavily involved in the Indianapolis community. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY) and is a member of the American Red Cross Young Professionals Board.

Melissa earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Valparaiso University School of Law, where she was a member of the Valparaiso University Law Review and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Andrew P. Rodovich in the Northern District of Indiana federal court. She graduated from Marquette University, cum laude, with degrees in economics and political science.

Awards

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Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law (2011)
  • Marquette University (2008)

Admissions

  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • State - Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association

    Member

  • Indiana State Bar Association

    Member

Community Involvement

  • MCCOY (Marion County Commission On Youth)

    Chair, Board Member

  • American Red Cross

    Young Professionals Board Member