- Case Western Reserve University, J.D., cum laude, 2007
- Miami University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Melissa is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the firm’s finance, energy, and real estate group, with an emphasis on commercial transactions, the Uniform Commercial Code, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. She has significant experience representing secured creditors, unsecured creditors, trustees, and debtors-in-possession in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, assisting in the transition of clients to debtor-in-possession operations, and serving clients in complex contested matters, adversary proceedings, and state court proceedings. Melissa has further experience advising and assisting domestic and international clients with the structure, negotiation, and documentation of commercial agreements and transactions.
Career highlights include:
- Representation of retail clients with respect to commercial transactions and agreements.
- Representation of manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers in a variety of commercial relationships and transactions.
- Representation of senior secured lender in the bankruptcy proceeding and resulting complex adversary proceedings of a debtor engaged in a multi-million dollar check kite, generating a successful recovery for the secured lender.
- Representation of two chapter 7 trustees in a variety of contested and litigation matters, including those before the bankruptcy court, district court, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit, and the Sixth Circuit.
- Representation of companies in the defense of avoidance and recovery actions on a national basis.
- Reorganization of a $400 million revenue, multi-hospital healthcare system via chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Melissa received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and her B.A. from Miami University.
- 1/20/2015In December 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Substitute House Bill No. 9, which significantly revises Ohio’s law of Receiverships. Vorys released a comprehensive analysis of the amended law.
- 3/7/2019Client Alert: Sixth Circuit Holds in Nicole Gas that Baker Botts Does Not Apply to Contempt SanctionsThe Sixth Circuit recently held that Baker Botts, L.L.P. v. ASARCO, L.L.C., 135 S. Ct. 2158 (2015) does not apply to contempt sanctions.
- 1/20/2015In December 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Substitute House Bill No. 9, which significantly revises Ohio’s law of Receiverships. Vorys today released a comprehensive analysis of the amended law. Key features of the amendments are summarized below.