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Melissa is an associate in the Wills and Estates team and Tax team.  Her practices include preparation of wills and trusts; advising clients on estate and gift tax matters, trust administration, charitable gifting, and tax-exempt organization matters.


Melissa grew up in the small southwest Washington town of Kelso, and attended Washington State University, where she was named Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Liberal Arts.  Melissa attended law school at University of Oregon where she was an associate editor of the Oregon Review of International Law.  After law school, she obtained a graduate law degree in taxation at the University of Washington.  In recognition of her work at the University of Washington, Melissa received the CALI Excellence For the Future Award for Taxation of Trusts and Estates and Taxation of S Corporations.  Prior to joining Dunn Carney in 2007, Melissa practiced in Eugene, Oregon for three years.

Melissa enjoys reading Jane Austen novels and spending time with her husband Sam and her dog Eva.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Trusts: 25%
  3. Probate: 25%

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851 SW 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR, 97204


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Excellence for the Future Award for TaxationUniversity of Washington School of Law2004
Outstanding Graduating Senior in College of Liberal ArtsWashington State University2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Cancer SocietyHope Ball Planning Committee Member2008 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2004 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Dunn Carney E-News"Are you spending too much time at your vacation home? The IRS may think so."N/A
Dunn Carney E-News"A Charitable Reminder: New Reporting Rule and Other Reminders"N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawGraduate Program in TaxationOther - Masters2004
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Washington State UniversityPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors2000