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Melissa Ho

Melissa Ho

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime, Administrative Law

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About Me

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

Licensed since 2004

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



Hourly ($350-400/hour)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Julia B. Cassels

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Julia Cassels Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Karen Anne Richman

    I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is a brilliant legal mind, you can't go wrong with her by your side.


    Karen Richman Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Polsinelli Shughart PC

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


AZActive 200403/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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