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Melissa D. Brumback

Litigation Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Melissa Dewey Brumback

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    30%
    General civil litigation practice, including business disputes, construction claims, and complex commercial litigation Avvo rating 10.0

    26 years

  2. Construction and development
    25%
    Construction litigation, primarily representing design professionals; contract review and negotiation; loss prevention Avvo rating 10.0

    26 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    25%
    Drafting, revising, and negotiating contracts with favorable terms for clients Avvo rating 10.0

    26 years

  4. Insurance
    10%

    26 years

  5. Arbitration
    5%

    26 years

  6. Debt collection
    5%
    Debt collection and preservation of creditors' rights Avvo rating 10.0

    26 years

Melissa is a construction law partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she practices in the litigation department.  She concentrates her practice on representing engineers and architects in all of their legal needs, including contract drafting, contract negotiation, and contract disputes.  When necessary, she represents design professionals in state courts, federal courts, and binding arbitration, handling construction administration and management claims, plan defects, testing failure claims, and delay claims.  

 Melissa maintains an award-winning blog on legal issues relating to construction at . 

 n addition to construction cases, Melissa handles commercial litigation, business disputes, and director and officer liability. Melissa also heads the collections practice group at Ragsdale Liggett.

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Location

Ragsdale Liggett PLLC
2840 Plaza Place, Suite 400
Raleigh, NC, 27612

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Posted by Bill | February 2, 2010
Architect's Professional Liability Defense
Ms. Brumback was the lead attorney on a team that defended a large national Architectural firm in a complicated claim brought by a very aggressive health care institution's legal team. At all times, Ms. Brumback patiently and competently led our firm through the process. Our firm had been very successful over the many years it had been in operation in avoiding such claims and, as a result, required much guidance from the legal team in assisting in our own defense. I, personally, and the firm, generally, would recommend Ms. Brumback to any design firm in need of an excellent defense.
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Posted by Chris | January 26, 2010
Help with an uncooperative business owner
I returned a product to a store owner and he claimed he would issue me a credit on my credit card once his credit card machine was working again. He never did after multiple phone calls and then sent me a bad check. Melissa wrote him a letter to "put the fear of God (or fear of lawyers, perhaps)" into him, which seemed to work, since he finally sent me a check for my refund that cleared.
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Posted by James | December 29, 2009
Melissa D Brumback
Ms. Brumbach represented my firm on two separate occasions. The first as a member of a legal team who defended us against a former client. Rather than meet to discuss the concerns in person, this client was persuaded by an aggressive law firm to resolve the matter through the courts. Their incentive being the expectation of a large insurance settlement from a policy we carried at the time. The second was as our attorney in a suit to collect fees from a client who withheld final payment for work we performed. Rather than meet to discuss, this client ceased communication. In both instances she became familiar with the facts very quickly and developed a well conceived plan for both our defense and the merits of our claim. We would not hesitate to engage her if the need arose once again.
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Posted by Christina | December 17, 2009
Prompt and professional
Melissa did a fantastic job when I was trying to negotiate with the insurance company after a car accident that left me with several injuries and many hours of missed work. She worked very had to get the best settlement for me as quickly as she possibly could. While I had been working with them for months, she settled the situation in one phone call. She was always professional when I was corresponding with her, both on the phone and via email. I appreciated how quickly she resolved the situation and how much respect she gave when dealing with me and the insurance company. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to get their problems handled swiftly and efficiently.
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Posted by Joe | December 16, 2009
Professsional liability case
Mrs. Brumback was professional, easy to deal with, easy to contact and always returned my e-mails and phone calls in a reasonable time. She was very knowledgeable about our case and was a good negotiator.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ragsdale Liggett PLLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • North Carolina Jaycees
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Ragsdale Liggett, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stuart Law Firm PLLC
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. Attorneys Office, Civil Division
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Summer Associate
  • Wyrick Robbins Yates Ponton
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Legislative Associate
  • NC Justice and Community Development Center
  • 1996 - 1996
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Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1998
  • University of Manchester, England
  • Visiting Scholar
  • 1997
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A., with Honors and Highest Distinction
  • 1994
  • Corning Community College
  • A.A., with Honors
  • 1992
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Michael Jonathan McCrann, Jr. et al. v. NC Dept. of Health and Human Serv.
  • Judgment for Client Upheld
  • Zumkehr v. Hidden Lakes Property Owners Assoc. Inc.
  • Affirmation of Summary Judgment for Client

Associations

  • US Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • LEED- Green Associate
  • 2011 - Present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Chair; Vice-Chair; Member--Grievance Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • RL Mace Universal Design Institute
  • President; Vice-President; Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA)
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member; Wake County Chapter Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member; Litigation Section Member; Construction Section Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member; Litigation Section Member; Construction Section Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division
  • Co-Editor, The Advocate newsletter
  • 2008 - 2010
  • ABA Young Lawyer's Division
  • Associate/ Assistant Editor, The YLD Affiliate
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Chapel Hill Jaycees
  • Founder, various Board of Directors positions, Member
  • 2002 - 2018
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (Wake County chapter)
  • Secretary
  • 2001 - 2002
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Career Support Chairperson
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • NC Legal Elite (Construction Law)
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2017
  • Superlawyer in Construction Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Superlawyer in Construction Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • NC Legal Elite (Construction Law)
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2016
  • Superlawyer in Construction Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • NC Legal Elite (Construction Law)
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rising Star-Construction Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Rising Star- Construction Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Best Construction Blog
  • Design and Construction Report
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Distinguished Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Triangle Impact Law Leader
  • Triangle Business Leader Magazine
  • 2008
  • Certified Toastmaster
  • Toastmasters
  • 2007
  • 40 Under 40
  • Triangle Business Journal
  • 2006
  • "All Star" Team Award
  • North Carolina Jaycees
  • 2004
  • North Central Region Membership Award
  • North Carolina Jaycees
  • 2003
  • Gressman-Pollitt Appellate Advocacy Award
  • UNC School of Law
  • 1998
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of North Carolina
  • 1994
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • University of North Carolina
  • 1993
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • NC Bar Association Construction Law Forum
  • Designing the Project: Insurance for the Design Team
  • 2017
  • NBI Seminar: Expert Witnesses: Using NC Court Rules to Your Advantage
  • Ethical Considerations for Working with Experts
  • 2016
  • American Society of Civil Engineers- Spring Technical Forum-NC
  • 7 Critical Mistakes Engineers Make that Sabotage Their Projects & Invite Litigation
  • 2016
  • NC Bar Association- Construction Law Forum Video Webinar
  • Digging Into the Dirt: A Look Inside a Construction Law Practice
  • 2015
  • Advise & Consult- 1st Annual Construction Defect & Dispute Conference
  • Third Party Liability of Design Professionals
  • 2015
  • NC Bar Association- Construction Law Annual Meeting
  • Joinder of Subcontractors and Design Professionals in Multi-Party Construction Arbitration
  • 2014
  • Lorman Education Services-- NC Construction Law
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in North Carolina: Understanding the Issues
  • 2014
  • Building And Protecting Your Business And Your Future: Contract, Collect, and Protect
  • Best Business Practices To Ensure You Get Paid
  • 2013
  • American Institute of Architects- Triangle Chapter-Keeping Your House in Order
  • Understanding liability/risk involved with BIM and LEED projects
  • 2013
  • Professional Engineers of North Carolina Brown Bag Seri
  • 7 Critical Mistakes Engineers Make that Sabotage Their Projects & Invite Litigation
  • 2012
  • Professional Engineers of NC- Annual Conference
  • Best Business Practices for Engineers to Ensure You Get Paid
  • 2012
  • Professional Engineers of NC Annual Conference
  • 7 Critical Mistakes Engineers Make that Sabotage Their Projects & Invite Litigation
  • 2012
  • Half Moon- NC Construction Law Conference
  • Making Changes to the Contract and Contracted Work
  • 2012
  • Construction Superconference
  • Re-Building America’s Infrastructure: An Inside Look at the New Contract Forms Released and Currently Being Developed by EJCDC from Traditional Design-Bid-Build to DBOM and P3
  • 2012
  • American Council of Engineering Companies- Fall Conference
  • 7 Critical Mistakes Engineers Make that Sabotage Their Projects & Invite Litigation
  • 2012
  • Strafford Publications-Construction Contract Drafting Strategies
  • Understanding & Modifying Key Construction Contract Terms (Scope of Services, Duties of the Parties, Changes to the Project, and Termination Issues)
  • 2011
  • NC Association of Defense Counsel- Annual Meeting
  • Best Practices for Minimizing Risk in Construction Contracts
  • 2011
  • Half Moon-- Law of Construction Defects & Failures
  • Strategies for Reducing Defects & Failures
  • 2011
  • Half Moon--North Carolina Construction Law
  • Making Changes and Resolving Disputes During the Construction Process
  • 2010
  • Managing the Construction Claim
  • Investigating and Handling Construction Defect Claims
  • 2007
  • NBI- NC Construction Law
  • Understanding Contracts, Managing Contract Changes During Construction, and Termination of Construction Contracts
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Melissa
Litigation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've known Melissa for years and happily refer clients to her when I have a conflict or something is in her wheelhouse. She balances being tough and professional."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is and always has been a very astute, conscientious, courteous, yet aggressive attorney when the situation calls for it. I highly recommend her."
Construction and development Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Friend
"Melissa is a very knowledgeable attorney in the field of construction in North Carolina. She is good about sharing this knowledge with others and has helped me out in the past."
Construction and development Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've come to know Melissa as a reader of her blog, Construction Law in North Carolina (http://constructionlawnc.com/). It's an excellent resource for those in the construction industry who are interested in learning about construction law topics they confront each day. It's also a great resource for construction lawyers. Melissa is a thought leader on construction law in North Carolina, and I frequently turn to her publications to help me in my own practice. I highly recommend her as an attorney who has a great grasp of construction law concepts, and the practice area as a whole."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa and I serve together as co-chairs of the Newsletter Committee for the North Carolina Young Lawyers Division. Melissa is the rare lawyer who can always get the details just right without ever losing track of the bigger picture. Her organizational skills are phenomenal, and she brings genuine enthusiasm to every project. As an added bonus, she's also fun to work with."
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