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Melissa is a corporate transactional lawyer, representing clients in general business and transactional matters of all types, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, lending transactions, and financing transactions. She also assists start-up businesses with entity formation, including articles of organization, financing concerns, and liability issues. Melissa also uses her background in the mortgage industry to represent both buyers and sellers of commercial real estate in every aspect of the purchase process. She drafts and negotiates purchase agreements, lease agreements, financing instruments, and all other related agreements. She also counsels clients on every step of the due diligence process relating to title, survey, financing and land use matters.

Publications and Presentations

Moderator, “An Industry on the Brink: Legal Developments in Esports," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, April 12, 2019

Co-author (with Ryan Fairchild), "The Business of Being a Pro Gamer: Four Ways to Protect Your Value," Esports Observer,? February 2018

Author, Seduction by Technology: Why Consumers Opt Out of Privacy by Buying into the Internet of Things, 94 TEX L. REV. 1023 (2016)

  • Wells Fargo Capitol Center, Suite 1700
    150 Fayetteville Street
    P.O. Box 1800
    Raleigh, NC 27602
  • The University of Texas, J.D., graduated 2016
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., graduated 2009
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina, North Carolina
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association - Vice-President
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Section Council, Business Law Section
Court Admissions
  • US District Court - EDNC
State Clerkships
  • North Carolina - Supreme Court

Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America 2024 for work in:
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Entertainment and Sports Law

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The New Federal Law on Corporate Transparency – What Business Owners and Their Advisors Need to Know Now

The New Federal Law on Corporate Transparency – What Business Owners and Their Advisors Need to Know Now

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