Born and raised in the city, Melissa left Halifax to study Criminology at the University of Ottawa but returned to pursue her law school degree at Dalhousie. She graduated in 2008 and was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 2009, after articling with Patterson Law.
Melissa believes that everyone has a story to tell and it is her job to convey that story to employers, insurance adjusters, opposing counsel and the courts. Her focus is on personal injury and medical malpractice, where the difficulties faced by her clients are truly life and death and her role as an advocate is critical.
Commercial litigation, employment law and estate disputes are expanding areas of practice and Melissa helps shape clients' future as they navigate through extremely difficult situations in their personal and professional lives.
Melissa is active in her community and as a member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award NS Division council, as head of the fundraising committee. She is chair of the Recreation Committee at Patterson Law and assists in organizing both firm events as well as client appreciation activities.