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Melissa S. Ho practices in the areas of government investigations and white-collar criminal defense. She has experience representing and advising individuals and corporations who are the target of complex governmental and regulatory investigations. Ms. Ho advises clients in all stages of litigation including pre-indictment, post-indictment and appellate review. Complementing her experience in criminal matters, Ms. Ho has experience handling parallel civil litigation matters, administrative law proceedings and professional licensing board matters.

Ms. Ho has the ability to analyze a case from multiple vantage points and is uniquely positioned to counsel clients on both the immediate effects of criminal investigations as well as long-range planning for collateral consequences. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a former felony crimes prosecutor and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. For those with international matters, Ms. Ho is involved with Mackrell International and has access to and relationships with law firms all over the world. See


Languages spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

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Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 45%
    12 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
  3. Administrative Law: 10%



Hourly ($350-400/hour)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jared Allen

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Ho is defined by her tireless efforts on behalf of her clients. She is intelligent, prepared, well-respected by both prosecutors and defense attorneys and she constantly educates herself on changes in the law. She is willing to collaborate with other attorneys, and she does all of her work with the best interests of her clients in mind.


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  • Glenn A Allen

    Melissa is great attorney who is very well respected in the legal community. Anyone would be lucky to have her on their side.


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Contact info

Polsinelli Shughart PC

One East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ, 85004-2568


AZActive 200407/14/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2013
Rising Star: White Collar Criminal DefenseSouthwest Super Lawyers2012
Best Under 40National Asian American Bar Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderPolsinelli2008 - Present
Associate AttorneyMariscal Weeks McIntyre & Friedlander2007 - 2008
Associate AttorneyQuarles & Brady LLP2006 - 2007
Deputy County AttorneyMaricopa County -Attorney's Ofc2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaBoard of Governors2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationScholar2009 - 2010
Arizona Asian American Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
Arizona Asian American Bar AssociationVice President2008 - 2009
State Bar of ArizonaCriminal Jury Instruction Committee2008 - Present
City of Phoenix Pacific Rim Advisory CouncilCommissioner2007 - 2010
State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers DivisionDistrict Representative2007 - 2010
Arizona Asian American Bar AssociationTreasurer2006 - 2007
Arizona Women Lawyers AssociationSteering Committee Member2005 - 2011
National Asian Pacific American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
AspatoreManaging White Collar Legal Issues (2013)2013
Maricopa County Bar AssociationCriminal Liability for Environmental Violations2011
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation Law Department2006 Ethics and Regulatory Codes of Conduct Update2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Arizona State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Chapter of the ACCWhistleblowers and Managing Internal Investigations2012
SymposiumInternal Investigations2011
Minding the StoreEthics2010
CLE by the SeaMinding the Store2009
Minority Bar ConventionSecrets to Our Success2008