Melodie became an attorney because she recognized that law afforded a wide variety of career opportunities: a lifelong learner, she had always wanted a role where she could work with as many fields as possible. She quickly discovered that labor and employment was an especially good fit, letting her dig into a diverse range of industries. Melodie thrives on immersing herself in client businesses so that she can offer the most appropriate legal advice possible.
Melodie defends clients in employment-related litigation, including allegations of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; wage and hour violations; unfair business practices; and wrongful discharge, as well as whistleblower claims. She also routinely provides preventative counsel, advising corporate clients on federal and state employment laws to minimize potential liability. With a strong personal interest in international law, Melodie also has experience counseling foreign companies expanding into the U.S. on U.S. labor employment laws, as well as assisting domestic clients planning to do business internationally. She has worked extensively with local counsel in Europe, South America, Canada, and the Middle East.
Early in her career, she served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where she received a behind the scenes education on how litigators could be most effective in the courtroom. However, Melodie most enjoys the preventative counsel portion of her practice: first and foremost a people person, she prioritizes long-term client relationships and values working hand in hand with clients to help them stay ahead of litigation.
Melodie graduated from American University, Washington College of Law, and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and French from the University of California, Los Angeles.