Melissa focuses her practice on employment advising and litigation, commercial litigation, education law, and appellate litigation. She represents companies and individuals in the areas of workplace discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. She also represents clients in business litigation matters, including contractual disputes and other business torts. Her practice involves litigation proceedings in both state and federal courts where she assists clients through all phases of litigation, including e-discovery, complex motion practice, settlement negotiations, and trial.
Melissa provides advice on and represents clients in regulatory matters involving state and federal agencies. She represents companies and individuals in agency proceedings involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Melissa advises clients on appellate procedure in all areas of the firm’s practice. She writes briefs and argues cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Melissa advocates on behalf of children with disabilities in establishing eligibility for special education or 504 accommodations, including developing an appropriate Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan. She advises clients on issues related to suspension, expulsion, restraint, and seclusion. She partners with the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Disability Law Center, working pro bono as an advocate for children advising on special education law.