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Melissa is an experienced advocate in all aspects of post-conviction and appellate litigation, with special focus on juvenile law and parole advocacy. She has briefed and argued many cases in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court where she has litigated some of the most important and complex cases in juvenile and parole law in recent years. Her work was instrumental in clarifying changes to juveniles’ legal liability resulting from the Criminal Justice Act of 2018.

Melissa also regularly represents individuals before the Parole Board, including in their applications for parole and in parole revocation proceedings. And she advocates for her incarcerated clients by providing representation in prison disciplinary hearings and bringing civil lawsuits against the Massachusetts Department of Correction and Parole Board to enforce her clients’ rights.

Before becoming a defense attorney, Melissa was an Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Division, where she prosecuted nursing home abuse and neglect and worked with other states and the federal government to recover millions of dollars paid in violation of the Massachusetts and Federal False Claims Acts. Before that, Melissa was an associate at Goodwin, a preeminent global law firm, where she practiced in the areas of patent and products liability.

Education

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts

  • J.D. summa cum laude – 2006

University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

  • M.S. (Theoretical Physical Chemistry) – 2001

University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

  • B.A., cum laude (Chemistry) – 1999

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2007
  • Massachusetts, 2007

Professional Associations

  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
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