AttorneysKatherine Lacy Crosby Brian F. Haara Dustin E. Meek Adam K. Neel Jon Salomon David Tachau Melissa M. Whitehead
After graduation from law school, Melissa served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Melissa spent the next four years as an associate in the Litigation & 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 in 2014 and continues her practice in business litigation.
Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown College (B.A., Psychology, summa cum laude, 2003), her master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia (M.S., 2005), and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008).
Melissa is admitted to the Illinois (2008), Georgia (2011) and Kentucky (2014) bars, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Northern District of Georgia.
Melissa has experience litigating cases in federal courts as both a plaintiff and defendant. Melissa’s experience includes 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:
-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 and Personal Activities
Melissa has been active in pro bono service through Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, representing clients seeking family violence restraining orders. Melissa also served on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Atlanta from 2012 – 2014.