Mark R. Melrose - Melrose Law, PLLC

Mark R. Melrose

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 800-222-2430

Mark Melrose devotes all of his professional attention to trial work and has been actively trying a wide variety of serious cases during the past 24 years. His areas of practice include personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal defense, professional liability, insurance bad faith, and Constitutional law. His zealous commitment to protecting the rights of his clients has earned him and the cases in which he has been involved regular media attention. Mr. Melrose also donates a considerable amount of time each year to various pro bono cases, as well as to speaking engagements in public schools and universities on a variety of legal topics. He is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. His affiliation with the Academy further extends to serving on its Educational Committee.

Mr. Melrose began his education at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1985. He completed his education at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill in 1989, earning a Juris Doctor degree. Since being admitted to the bar by North Carolina in 1990, he has twice been honored with the Pro Bono Service Award for the 30th Judicial District, once in 1992 and again in 1998. He has served as chairman of the District's Pro Bono Committee since 1993. He is a member of Lawyer Pilot Bar Association as well is an Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association Legal Panel referral attorney. Mr. Melrose was recently honored by his election to the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers in June, 2007. He was also elected president of the Jackson/Swain County Bar Association in 2006.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Melrose has conducted numerous highly acclaimed seminars and presentations on a variety of topics, including "Case Selection and Management - How to Sleep Better, Retire Earlier and Live Longer," "Attorney's Fees," "The Trial Process and Jury Selection," "Defending Your Client against Efforts to Get His Mental Health Records," "Risk Management for Outdoor Educators," "Advanced Directives for Health Care Professionals," and on "October seventh, 2006 at Haywood Community College for Medical Technicians: Malpractice and risk management in the Physician’s Office."

Mr. Melrose has also been honored to be appointed to the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department Advisory Board. He is actively engaged in coaching youth soccer teams. Mr. Melrose is also a member of the Haywood County Citizens Advisory Committee, 2006.

A consummate, highly respected professional, Mr. Melrose is also a published author. He has recently written and published his first novel for young adult readers entitled "Take A Chance"

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1994


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • North Carolina, 1990
  • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • B.S. summa cum laude - 1985
  • Major: Parks & Recreation Management
  • Minor: Writing and Editing

Published Works

  • Surviving a Solo Practice, N.C. Bar Journal, Winter, 1996

Representative Cases

  • State v. Williamson, 122 N.C. App. 229 (1996)
  • Kirkpatrick v. Gibson, 445 S.E.2d 396
  • McDonald v. Medford, 111 N.C. App.643


  • Presentation at Western Carolina University Criminal Justice Forum, "Real Life Perspective of Capital Trials From Prosecution and Defense" (Co-presented with Assistant District Attorney Jim Moore) (2013)
  • Presentation, "Defending your Client Against Efforts to get his Mental Health Records", Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Inc., 1999
  • Seminar, Risk Management for Outdoor Educators, Christian Wilderness Leadership Council (1996, 1997)
  • Seminar, Advanced Directives for Health Care Professionals, Harris Regional Hospital, 1997
  • Seminars, State v. Edwardo Wong: How we Defended this Case
  • Seminars, Case Selection and Management - How to Sleep Better, Retire Earlier and Live Longer
  • The Trial Process and Jury Selection
  • Defending Your Client against Efforts to Get His Mental Health Records
  • Malpractice and Risk Management in the Physician's Office, Haywood Community College for Medical Technicians, July 10, 2006 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award for 30th Judicial District 1992, 1998
  • District's Pro Bono Committee, Chairman, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member Board of Directors nonprofit Kory Wawanaca Children's Home (Helped create professional Board to oversee amazing ministry to orphans and neglected children in Bolivia) (2012 through present)
  • 30th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, Chairman, 1993 - Present
  • North Carolina High School Mock Trial Competition, Western Regional Coordinator, 1994 - Present
  • Southwestern Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Board Member, 1997 - 1999
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member Editorial Board, 1999 - Present
  • Mountain Dispute Settlement Center, Inc., Member Board of Directors, 1995 - 1998
  • Mountain Dispute Settlement Center, Inc., Vice President, 1997 - 1998
  • 30th Judicial District Fee Arbitration Committee, Fee Arbitrator, 1995 - 1996
  • REACH (Battered Women's Shelter), Member Board of Directors, 1994 - 1995
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1992 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1995 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • Lawyer Pilot Bar Association, Member
  • Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association, Member
  • Jackson/Swain County Bar Association, President, 2006
  • Haywood County Citizens Advisory Committee, Member, 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • W. Paul Holt, Jr. P.A., Associate, 1990 - 1991

Office Location

2775 Highway 74 East
P.O. Box 1011
Sylva, NC 28779
United States

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs