Melissa’s practice focuses on environmental litigation and complex commercial litigation matters.
Melissa’s practice focuses on complex litigation with an emphasis on environmental, employment, business torts, commercial contract and product liability disputes. Melissa also has significant experience with internal investigations. Melissa routinely advises national clients on e-discovery and other electronic data storage issues in the context of litigation. She has successfully represented clients at all stages of litigation in state and federal courts through trials, dispositive motions and appeals.
Melissa has significant experience representing utility companies in the defense of enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act. Melissa also handles complex employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, OSHA, and wage-and-hour disputes, including class actions.
Melissa is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; the United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina; and all state courts in North Carolina.
Represented utility companies in Clean Water Act enforcement actions in state and federal court.
Represented utility companies in the defense of enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act.
Defended class action alleging statutory violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act based on the conduct of criminal background checks.
Represented employer in case filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for religious discrimination.
Represented employer before the NLRB in defense of unfair labor practice charges.
Represented financial services institutions in the defense of consumer finance litigation nationwide.
Represented major financial services institutions in actions arising out of claims for unfair and deceptive trade practice, usury, predatory lending practices, violations of Truth and Lending Act, RESPA, and other federal and state laws.
Co-author, Five Ways to Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege During Internal Investigations, Directors & Boards, February 1, 2015
Co-author, How to Handle Evidence Without Getting Your Hands Dirty, Advanced Trial Evidence with Don Cowan - CLE Presentation, December 2010
Author, Court of Appeals Rules That an Attorney’s Attempt to Deceive a Court Will Result in Treble Damages, Trial Practice Journal, ABA Section of Litigation, 2009
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