As Marketing Counsel, Melissa is a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Client Services department and is involved in the firm’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process. She also served as the lead writer for the firm’s Immigration Practice Group and was recognized as one of JDSupra’s Readers’ Choice Top Authors each year in the role.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa served as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Before TowerCo, she was an attorney at a boutique law firm specializing in immigration, where she represented large and small companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and families in all stages of the immigration process. She regularly appeared before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to advocate on behalf of clients, as well as the EOIR Immigration Court to defend clients against removal and deportation.
Melissa received her J.D. from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law and her B.A. in Journalism from The College of New Jersey. She is licensed by the North Carolina Bar.