Melissa is an associate in Kohnen & Patton’s Litigation Practice Group, where she assists clients in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.  She strives to create custom solutions for her clients while delivering legal services of a quality consistent with the highest standards of practice.

Melissa earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  She served as Executive Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review and received the Eugene M. Corbin Memorial Award, recognizing her academic achievements in the areas of trial practice, business, and taxation.  She was also selected to participate in a regional Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, during her first year of law school.

Prior to joining the firm, Melissa represented a variety of clients in contested estate litigation and structured custom estate planning solutions for clients.

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys playing tennis; training for and participating in Spartan races; and cooking and baking delectable delicacies for her family.

Memberships & Affiliations

Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Cincinnati Estate Planning Counsel

Honors & Awards

  • Eugene M. Corbin Memorial Award, 2018


  • Social Media and Federal Prosecution: A Circuit Split on Cybercrime and the Interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 86 U. Cin. L. Rev. 315 (2018)

  • Warning! Speak at Your Own Risk: First Amendment Restrictions on Off-Campus Physical, Emotional, or Cyber Bullying, 86 U. Cin. L. Rev. 849 (2018)

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