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Melissa Ann Davidson

Employee benefits Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2006
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance Benefits

  2. Personal injury

  3. Social Security & Disability

Melissa A. Davidson received her law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  After working for the State of Indiana doing investigation for child protective services for 2 years, she joined Hankey Law Office as a law clerk in 2000 and is now a Senior Associate Attorney.  She has experience handling a wide range of cases involving Long Term Disability, Social Security Disability, and Personal Injury. She is currently a member of the American Trial Lawyer's Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, and the National Organizaiton of Social Security Claimants Representatives.

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Hankey Law Office
434 E New York St
Indianapolis, IN, 46202


4.6 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Carrie | February 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disability Hearing
Melissa was excellent in my disability hearing, especially considering the judge I had a extremely low approval rate. She stood her ground to fight for my case. Yes I had only met with her once before the hearing but it was only necessary to meet once before to review my case. She is very knowledgeable in her field and definitely knows what she is doing in the courtroom, whether it be face to face, or a video hearing like mine was. I never once doubted her or the Hankey Law firm when it came to my case. I believe it is not just her or the firms job when it comes to what to say and not say during a hearing to win a case, especially because she is not the only who gets asked questions. Keep yourself prepared for the hearing, and if there is any questions before your hearing she is very open to them. I HIGHLY recommend her and/or Hankey Law office as a disability attorney.
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Response from Melissa Davidson February 6, 2018
Thank you for the feedback! When attorneys and clients work together, great things can happen!
Posted by Anthony | May 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super skilled
Using Melissa as my attorney. She is very knowledgeable wit SSDI. I trust her to help me
Posted by Cyndee Ortiz | August 29, 2014
I would recommend her as an LTD Attorney
Melissa and her paralegal Melinda, have been very good to me and for my case. My experience with Hankey Law Office has been a good one.
Posted by Danita | August 15, 2014
Good & Helpful Disability Attorney
Attorney Davidson was always very helpful. My case moved very quickly once she started representing me. I always got timely return calls from the office.
Posted by Michael | August 13, 2014
Great Attorney!
Melissa represented me in a long term disability issue. She was very professional and kept me informed throughout the process. Thanks so much! I'd recommend her to anyone looking for legal advice.
Posted by Jerry | August 10, 2014
Great Lawyer that knows her stuff and works for a great firm!
Melissa Davidson helped me with swift effort on her part. She was tenacious in getting my denial reversed in a super timely manner. These people here don't mess around. Melissa will fight to win your case. Communication was excellent. Highly recommend her!
Posted by Scott | February 12, 2014
MOST helpful and considerate
This review references my son. He does not use e-mail. Melissa took our calls with regard to my son's disability claim. She was forthright and to the point as a professional, but very caring and understanding. Our process seemed to take forever, but she worked with us and we never gave up hope. It was with her professional knowledge and understanding that my son will be getting his disability assistance. I would praise her to the sky and offer her name to anyone I hear of who needs legal help......Thank you, Melissa.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2013
disability hearing
Ms. Davidson handled my case very well, she was also very easy to talk to and really knew the disability process as well as the social security system
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social security disability stage 4 rare cancer denied
I hired through Hanky law. I only met the lawyer 5 minutes before the hiring. At the hiring the govenments job witness testified that I could not work any job and my case was still denied. Face disfigured from stage 4 no cure cancer, left jaw bone and teeth removed, upper roof of my mouth removed, cancer, depression, anxiety, cataract in my eye and this lawyer still couldn't get me SSDI
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Response from Melissa Davidson February 6, 2018
We encourage all clients to meet in person with their lawyer at least 30 days before a hearing. We understand that that is not always possible. Additionally, there are sometimes circumstances beyond our control or rules that are inflexible that prevent an award of disability benefits.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Hankey Law Office
  • 2000 - Present
  • Editor
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Investigator for Child Protective Services
  • State of Indiana
  • 1998 - 2000


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Ball State University
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kelly v. Schindler Elevator and GEPA
  • Reversed and remanded to State Court
  • Phillips v. Anthem Life Long Term Disability Plan
  • Ruling allowing plaintiff discovery outside the administrative record on ERISA plan.


  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016


  • Indiana University of Law, Indianapolis
  • Editor
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • DBSA National Conference
  • Disability Benefits and Mental Health Conditions
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Melissa
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a zealous advocate for her clients and I highly recommend her."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employee benefits Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable, cares about her clients, and is passionate about her work."
Workers compensation
Employment and labor