Melissa has been recognized for her work on behalf of Plaintiffs, focusing primarily on antitrust and consumer protection class actions. Notable cases she has been involved with include In re: Vitamins Antitrust Litigation; In re: Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation; In re: First Databank; In re: Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation; In re Scrap Metal Antitrust Litigation, In re: Taketa Air Bag Litigation; In re General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation; and In re BCBS Antitrust Litigation.
Melissa obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Campbell University. After college, she worked in the financial services industry, first at the brokerage firm of Dean Witter Reynolds and then for Norwest Mortgage. For several years, as licensed therapeutic foster parents, she and her husband hosted teenagers who were part of Maryland’s Foster Care system. Her advocacy for foster children prompted her to apply to law school. She attended law school at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. During her studies there, Melissa was recognized for her clinical work on behalf of D.C. HIV/Aids patients, D.C.P.S. Special Education students, and the D.C. homeless population. During her last year of law school, Melissa worked with Maryland attorney Edward S. Digges who argued Virginia v. Maryland at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding ownership of the Potomac River.
After law school, Melissa joined Boies, Schiller, & Flexner, one of the leading law firms in the world.