Melonie has successfully defended employers before state and federal agencies, including the EEOC and state human rights agencies, and federal courts in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits alleging claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. Melonie’s experience with dispute resolution allows her to approach employers with a fresh perspective when counseling clients on hiring, discipline and termination, leave, and HR policies. Melonie also advises employers in the technology industry regarding privacy and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Dorsey, Melonie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roy S. Payne in the Eastern District of Texas. During her clerkship, Melonie worked on a variety of cases, including employment discrimination and patent infringement.
Education & Admissions
Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2016), The Order of Barristers; Director-in-Chief of Emory Moot Court Society
University of Akron (B.A., 2013), summa cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
- French (basic conversational proficiency)
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Honorable Roy S. Payne, 2018-2019
News & Resources
- Co-Author, Non-Monetary Relief, in A PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO CLASS ACTIONS (Marcy Greer ed., 2d ed. 2017).
Industries & Practices
- Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
- Labor & Employment
- Labor & Employment Guides
Professional & Civic
- Member, California Lawyers Association: Intellectual Property Law, Labor & Employment Law, and Privacy Law Sections
- Member, American Bar Association: Intellectual Property Young Lawyers Action Group, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- National Advisory Council, The Life of a Single Mom