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Ms. Howell’s practice focuses on counseling clients on routine and complex employment law issues, including compliance and litigation avoidance; negotiating and litigating employment and contract-based disputes in federal and state courts; representing clients through alternative dispute processes; and composing and defending employment-related agreements, including restrictive covenants.
Prior to founding Howell Law Group, PLLC, Ms. Howell worked for national and regional law firms where she negotiated, mediated and litigated Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, USERRA and various other employment and contract-based disputes in forums including federal and state court, as well as before the EEOC, the U.S. DOL, Va DOLI, VEC and VDH.
Ms. Howell was named a “Rising Star” by Virginia SuperLawyers magazine in 2011 and 2012, and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available. She was also named a "Famous Former" in 2012 by the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.
Ms. Howell is currently a member of the Virginia and Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Associations, and is Executive Officer of the Chesapeake Bar Association. She is President of the South Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter of Christopher Newport University. Ms. Howell sits on the CNU Educational Foundation, where she has also served as a professor in the Government Department. Ms. Howell is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Howell received her B.S. degree from Christopher Newport University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1998. She earned her J.D. from the College of William & Mary School of Law in 2002.
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Melissa is a William & Mary Law School graduate who takes seriously the school's philosophy of the citizen lawyer. Jefferson believed that aspiring lawyers should be taught in a university setting and that they should be trained not simply to be excellent legal craftsmen, but also good citizens and leaders of their communities, states, and nations. Melissa is a skilled professional as well as a leader in her profession and community. I endorse her.
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I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is the person to whom I refer Employment/Labor cases. She is an expert in her field. I have absolute confidence in her advice. On a personal note, she is one of the nicest persons you would ever want to meet.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||2002||10/09/2009|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Litigation Lawyer Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2013|
|Washington D.C. Women Leaders in the Law||American Lawyer Media||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Top Forty Under 40||Inside Business||2013|
|"Famous Former" 2012||Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast||2012|
|“Rising Star”||Virginia SuperLawyers||2012|
|“Rising Star”||Virginia SuperLawyers||2011|
|Managing Partner||Howell Law Group, PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Jackson Lewis||2009 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Chesapeake Bar Association||Treasurer||2012 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Attorney Member||N/A|
|National Association Of Women Business Owners||Board Member||N/A|
|Commercial Real Estate Women||N/A||N/A|
|Inside Biz||Top Issues in Employment Law||2012|
|College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Christopher Newport University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1998|
|2013 CPA Conference||Employment Law Update||2013|
|Peninsula SHRM||Managing Employee Leave||2012|
|NAWBO SEVA||Employment Law Update||2012|
|BB&T Benefits||Conducting Workplace Investigations||2012|
|BB&T Benefits||Social Media||2011|
|What to Expect from the Obama Administration||New Sheriff in Town||2010|
|Various||Annual Supreme Court Update, Various Employment Law updates||2010|