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B.A., summa cum laude, Canisius College

J.D., cum laude, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Melissa is an experienced and dedicated business litigator. She represents prominent national corporations in complex contract and business disputes as well as accounting and legal malpractice matters. She has extensive experience in jury and bench trials and was a vital part of the Hodgson Russ team that secured a no-cause verdict against a building materials company for one of the world's largest insurance companies, saving her client $100 million in potential damage.

Melissa's litigation experience extends to intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property matters in diverse areas, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and genetic testing.

In addition to general business and intellectual property litigation, Melissa—an owner, breeder, and experienced rider of several national champion Arabian and Half-Arabian horses—is also well versed in and uniquely positioned to practice equine law. Melissa’s knowledge of the equine industry combined with her experience in contract and litigation matters makes her particularly adept at protecting the diverse legal needs of horse owners, breeders, trainers, and equestrian facilities. Melissa represents clients in a broad range of matters, including those related to equine litigation, dispute resolution, and horse-related contracts. 


  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty award, 2014
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2016
  • National Trial Lawyers' Top 40 Under Forty
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 2014
  • West Seneca Central School District 2008 Alumni of Distinction
  • Former note and comment editor, Buffalo Law Review 


Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York board of directors and former co-chair member of the Dash for Diversity Committee
  • SPCA Serving Erie County board of directors and governance and legislative committee

  • Former Roswell Park Cancer Institute All-Star Night Committee
  • Former Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation Event Planning Committee
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School mentoring program
  • Arabian Horse Association of New York