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Melissa R Holmes

Melissa R Holmes

also known as Melissa Angeline Rizzo

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Attorney Holmes focuses her practice on criminal defense. She also practices in family matters and civil litigation. She received her bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was an associate editor for the Insurance Journal and member of the Moot Court Board. Prior to founding Holmes & Poirier, Attorney Holmes worked as a criminal clerk for the Hartford Superior Court and practiced with a small Connecticut firm.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    5 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    5 years
  3. Family: 25%
    5 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

9 total 

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  • James O Ruane

    I am the current president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and I definitely endorse Attorney Holmes for their work defending people charged with criminal offenses in Connecticut. Attorney Holmes is a tireless fighter for the accused and zealously defends her clients. If you are seeking an attorney for help with a criminal case, you have found a good one in Attorney Holmes.


    James Ruane DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gregory A Allen

    I have known Melissa for years and have referred clients to her. She is an excellent advocate for her clients.


    Gregory Allen Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact info

Holmes & Poirier, LLC

67 Russ Street
Third Floor
Hartford, CT, 06106


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award in Law and LiteratureUniversity of Connecticut School of Law2007
I. Ridgeway Davis Pre-Law ScholarshipUniversity of Connecticut2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHolmes & Poirier2012 - Present
AssociateTrendowski & Allen, PC2011 - 2012
Criminal Court ClerkHartford Superior Court State Of Connecticut Judicial Branch2008 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
U.S. District Court, District of ConnecticutAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
Federalist Society, Connecticut Lawyers ChapterExecutive Committee Member2011 - Present
Middlesex County Bar AssociationMember2011 - 2012
Federalist Society, Connecticut Lawyers ChapterMember2008 - Present
Federalist Society, UConn Law Student ChapterPresident2006 - 2007
Federalist Society, UConn Law Student ChapterMember2005 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Vasiliou v. Russian Lady AssociationSuccesfully argued a Motion to Strike a CUTPA claim against the defendant.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Avvo GuidesConnecticut DUI Guide2013
Avvo GuidesChanges in Connecticut Criminal Law Affect Veterans2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Connecticut School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005