Melissa advises corporate clients on a wide range of business issues, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, private placements of securities, financing transactions and executive agreements.

She also provides guidance on issues that emerge in day-to-day business, including marketing, internet matters, trademark issues and trade secret protection. In addition, Melissa assists with complex estate planning, taxation advice, negotiation and drafting of commercial leases, regulatory compliance and strategy, and business and real property dispute resolution.

Melissa also assists clients in the cannabis sector on a variety of regulatory and investment matters.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Melissa was an attorney at a San Francisco-based firm for more than 10 years, where she began as an intern during law school. She also previously worked as a development assistant for a developer in Colorado.

While in law school, Melissa interned at a multinational law firm in Rome, Italy. She also served as a Judicial Extern for the Department of the Presiding Judge, San Francisco Superior Court. In addition, Melissa served as a staff member and development editor for Hastings International & Comparative Law Review.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado, Melissa worked as a reporter, copy editor and opinion editor for Campus Press.  

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Melissa volunteers at several nonprofit organizations. She is a mentor at Working Solutions Microloans, a nonprofit that provides microloans and business consulting to entrepreneurs. She also participates at a legal aid clinic assisting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) applicants who are seeking to appeal denied benefits.