After graduation from law school, Melissa served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Melissa spent the next four years as an associate in the Litigation and Trial Practice Group of Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, GA. There, she focused her practice on complex litigation, including antitrust and general business litigation.
Melissa moved home to Louisville and joined Tachau Meek in 2014, where she continues her practice in business litigation. Melissa also represents clients in employment disputes, lender liability matters and trademark litigation.
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Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown College (BA, Psychology, summa cum laude, 2003), her master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia (MS, 2005) and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law (JD, magna cum laude, 2008).
- Court Admissions+
Melissa is admitted to the Illinois (2008), Georgia (2011) and Kentucky (2015) bars, and she is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits and the US District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky, the Southern District of Indiana, the Northern District of Illinois and the Northern District of Georgia.
- Work Highlights+
Melissa has experience litigating cases in federal and state courts on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Melissa’s experience includes defending clients in trademark infringement claims, defending national financial institutions in lender liability claims, defending and prosecuting claims involving general business disputes, representing businesses in enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, prosecuting global price-fixing cartels on behalf of large technology companies, and defending antitrust claims challenging her clients’ business structure. She has also advised clients regarding antitrust laws and conducted internal investigations related to potential antitrust issues.
Recent highlights of Melissa’s practice include:
- PharMerica Corp. v. Advanced HCS LLC (W.D. Ky.): Represented manager of skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in defense of state-law claims, including breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and tortious interferences, resulting in dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction and transfer to another district
- Acceliris, LLC v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA (W.D. Ky.): Represented national financial institution in defense of claims related to garnishment, resulting in dismissal of claims
- Bolinger v. First Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (N.D. Ga.): Represented multiple listing service in the defense of antitrust and Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA) claims, resulting in dismissal of antitrust claims and dismissal of RESPA claims on summary Judgment
- In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.): Represented Dell in the prosecution of antitrust claims asserting price-fixing by CRT suppliers
- Perez v. State Farm Mutual Automobile, Inc. (N.D. Cal.): Represented Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) in the defense of state antitrust claims
- nFinanSe v. Interactive Communications International, Inc. (N.D. Ga.): Represented Interactive Communications International, Inc. in the defense of price-fixing and related state law claims, ultimately resulting in dismissal of all claims
- Community & Personal Activities+
Melissa is an active member of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, in which she has served as the Coordinator for the Young Lawyer Representative program. Melissa has been active in pro bono service through Legal Aid Society, representing clients seeking domestic violence restraining orders. Melissa also served on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Atlanta from 2012 – 2014.
Melissa and her husband have two children.