After spending many years in family law litigation, Melissa has transitioned to working as an Assistant Attorney General for the Georgia Department of Law. In her new capacity, Melissa provides legal representation to various state agencies in tort suits.
Melissa earned her law degree, with honors, from the University of Memphis in 2007. While in law school, Melissa served as an articles editor for the University of Memphis Law Review. Her Note, “The Equally Shared Parenting Time Presumption—A Cure-All or a Quagmire for Tennessee Child Custody Law,” was published by the same publication in its Fall 2007 issue.
Prior to attending law school, Melissa earned a degree in communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and worked as a legal assistant for an attorney specializing in bankruptcy and family law. Melissa resides in Forsyth County with her husband and two children.
Licensed since 2007
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2007||08/22/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Dean's Distinguished Service Award||The University of Memphis||2007|
|Articles Editor||The University of Memphis Law Review||2007|
|Assistant Attorney General||Georgia Department Of Law||2014 - Present|
|Senior Associate/Team Leader||Meriwether & Tharp, LLC||2010 - 2014|
|Associate||The Law Offices of Epps & Pilgrim||2009 - 2010|
|Associate||Bovis, Kyle & Burch, LLC||2007 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||The Monroe Firm, PLLC||2006 - 2006|
|Summer Associate||Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel||2005 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Law Department Employees Association||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|Forsyth County Bar Association||Legislative Committee Member (2009)||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2007 - Present|
|Fox v. Fox, Supreme Court of Georgia, No. S12A0672||Judgment of trial court (refusing enforcement of "premarital agreement") was affirmed.|
|Ziyad v. El-Amin, 293 Ga. 871 (2013)||N/A|
|Gooch v. Tudor, 296 Ga. App. 414 (2009)||N/A|
|University of Memphis||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude||2007|
|University of Tennessee, Chattanooga||Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|