- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2017
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2011
Bar & Court Admissions
Melissa is an associate in the Columbus office and a member of the corporate group. Her practice consists of comprehensive U.S. immigration law, including both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing with a focus in the employment context. She provides analysis and strategy regarding international intracompany transfers, hiring new talent, and retaining existing talent. Melissa also provides guidance on issues related to I-9 and E-Verify, as well as matters outside the scope of business immigration, including DACA, naturalization, family-based petitions, and permanent residency applications.
Melissa received her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law, where she was associate editor for The Ohio State Business Law Journal and Vice President of the Immigration Law Society. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before joining Vorys, Melissa taught elementary school students with AmeriCorps in Columbus City Schools.
Professional and Community Activities
- Women Lawyers of Franklin County
- National Hispanic Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Columbus Bar Association Barrister Leadership Program, 2019 Program Participant
- 10/27/2017Vorys welcomed 12 new first-year associates to the firm.
- 2/7/2019Immigration Alert: H-1B Visa Lottery (Fiscal Year 2020): Important Changes to the Application ProcessThe U.S. DHS anticipates that the new procedures will result in granting more H-1B visas to beneficiaries with advanced degrees (U.S. master’s degree or higher), thus rewarding the “most-skilled and highest-paid” in support of the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order.
- 1/4/2019Due to the well-publicized impasse between President Trump and Congress, a partial government shutdown is currently in effect.
- 1/4/2019Immigration Alert: Government Shutdown: What Immigration Services are Affected and How to Deal with the Suspension of E-VerifyDue to the well-publicized impasse between President Trump and Congress, a partial government shutdown is currently in effect. Approximately 25 percent of government functions are shut down.
- 1/22/2018At the beginning of each government fiscal year, which starts October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes available an allocation of new H-1B visas.
- 1/18/2018The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), as amended by the Immigration Act of 1990, makes it unlawful for an employer to knowingly hire or continue to employ any person who is not authorized to work in the United States.
- 1/12/2018On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Buy American and Hire American.”