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Melissa is the Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.  Her practice focuses on commercial and tort litigation, including contract and commercial disputes, product liability, asbestos and mass product liability and toxic tort litigation. Her practice also includes appellate practice and litigation of matters involving the First and Fourteenth Amendment, employment, civil rights and college and university law.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • General Electric Co. v. Cain, 236 S.W.3d 579 (Ky. 2007)
  • Miller v. Administrative Office of Courts, 448 F.3d 887 (6th Cir. 2006)
  • Knology, Inc. v. Insight Communications Co., L.P., 460 F.3d 722 (6th Cir. 2006)
  • Bank of New York v. Janowick, 470 F.3d 264 (6th Cir. 2006)
  • Kentucky Kingdom Amusement Co. v. Belo Kentucky, Inc., 179 S.W.3d 785 (Ky. 2005)
  • Rehm v. Clayton, 132 S.W.3d 864 (Ky. 2004)
  • Russell County, Kentucky Hosp. Dist. Health Facilities Corp. v. Ephraim McDowell Health, Inc., 152 S.W.3d 230 (Ky. 2004)
  • Hardy v. Jefferson Community College, 260 F.3d 671 (6th Cir. 2001)
  • University of Louisville v. Shake, 5 S.W.3d 107 (Ky. 1999)
  • Sidebottom v. Hamsburg Masonry, Inc., 99 F.3d 1139 (6th Cir. 1996)
  • Stigall v. Fourth Street Auto Co., Inc., 922 S.W.2d 752 (Ky. App. 1996)


  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the area of Product Liability Law – Defense, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019; Education Law, 2011-2020; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2011-2020
  • Selected for inclusion in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists in the field of Business Litigation, 2013-2019
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2018-2019


Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association; Litigation Section, 2010 Chair of the Appellate Law Section
  • Kentucky Bar Association; Appellate Section, Rule Change Committee
  • American Bar Association; Litigation Section, Women Advocate Subcommittee, Employment & Labor Relations Subcommittee
  • Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court at Louisville, Barrister
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of College & University Attorneys
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Journal of Law and Education, 1993-1994

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Firm Designated Member, Products Liability Practice Group of the USLAW Network

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Citizens for Better Judges, Member, 2008-Present; Secretary/Treasurer, 2012-2014; Vice Chair, 2014-2015; Chair 2015-Present
  • Louisville H.E.L.P. Project for the Homeless, 2015
  • Judicial Merit Selection Panel for Magistrate U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, Member, 2014
  • Focus Louisville, Member, 2000
  • Pirtle Wasner Moot Court, Judge, 1997-1998
  • Holy Trinity Parish
  • Louisville Bar Association Santa's Toy Drive Volunteer, 1994-1997


Contributions & Published Works

  • "Putting Your Writing to Work," NBI, 2003



  • Moderator, New Lawyers Program, Kentucky Bar Association, 1999



University of Southern Indiana, B.A., Journalism, cum laude, 1990
University of Louisville School of Law, J.D., 1994

  • Kentucky, 1994
    U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2001
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1999
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1995
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1994
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