Melissa brings both years of experience and a diverse legal background. Melissa recently worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the 8th Judicial District. During her tenure as a deputy district attorney, Melissa handled misdemeanor cases ranging from DUIs to domestic violence cases. She also handled juvenile court cases, which range from misdemeanor offenses to felony sexual assault cases. Prior to joining the DA’s office, Melissa worked in private practice handling adoptions, adult guardianship cases, and a variety of civil cases.
In June 2020, Melissa and her family moved to Fort Collins from them metro Atlanta area. Melissa worked as a Senior Staff Attorney to Superior Court Judge for seven years. As a Staff Attorney, Melissa was involved in cases in many different areas of the law that ranged from family law to complex business litigation to felony criminal cases. Prior to her role as a Staff Attorney, Melissa was in private practice that focused on criminal defense and civil cases. Melissa was also a prosecutor for five years before going into private practice.
During her career, Melissa has tried numerous jury trials to verdict and spent the majority of her career in the courtroom both as a litigator and Staff Attorney.
Melissa’s practice with the firm is focused on criminal defense, appeals, adoptions, adult guardianships, and general civil litigation.
Melissa earned her law degree from Loyola University College of Law New Orleans in 2004 and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama in 2001. She is a member of the Colorado bar, Georgia bar, and Alabama bar.
Melissa and her husband Charles, and son Ben were drawn to Fort Collins for its natural beauty, numerous outdoor activities and small town feel. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys riding mountain bikes and hiking with her family and spending time with her two rescue dogs, Bear and Ruby. She also loves college football and cheering on her favorite team, the Alabama Crimson Tide.