Melissa represents private and public sector clients in commercial, regulatory and administrative matters. Over the last several years, she has defended the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in a series of cases challenging the Commission’s award of a casino license to Wynn Resorts. Melissa also represents municipalities and private entities in litigation and other forms of dispute resolution in a range of matters, such as land use, environmental and contract disputes.
Melissa advises airport owners on federal regulatory compliance and represents them in civil litigation. Melissa has defended airport owners across the country in Part 16 proceedings before the FAA. She routinely advises airport owners on federal grant compliance, and negotiates with FAA to resolve significant grant disputes. Melissa authored an amicus brief in the 9/11 litigation pending in federal court in New York on behalf of the leading airport trade association, Airports Council International.
Melissa is committed to pro bono and civic matters. She recently represented, on a pro bono basis, several Boston Public School students and various organizations in their efforts to preserve the statutory cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Melissa also is a member of the board of Lawyers for Civil Rights.
Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2019-2020
Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston, Board Member
The Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Melissa also has been admitted on particular matters in several courts around the country.
Boston College Law School, J.D. 2003 cum laude
Senior Articles Editor, Third World Law Journal
Bryn Mawr College, B.A. 1999 magna cum laude
High thesis honors
- Successfully defended the Massachusetts Gaming Commission against challenges by the City of Boston, the City of Revere, and individuals (under the Open Meeting Law) to the Commission’s award of a casino license to Wynn Resorts.
- Successfully argued before the Supreme Judicial Court to preserve the statutory cap on funding for charter schools in Massachusetts on behalf of amici Boston Public School students and various civil right and educational organizations.
- Successfully defended an airport proprietor in prominent antitrust and RICO litigation in federal court in Massachusetts.
- Defeated two lawsuits challenging a healthcare provider's decision to require prior authorization before providing coverage for compounded drugs.
- Authored an amicus brief on behalf of Airports Council International in the 9/11 litigation.
- Successfully defended airport owners in Part 16 proceedings concerning FBO fueling rights.
- Facilitated airport owners’ resolutions of significant grant disputes with FAA, including, for example, disputes involving the alleged diversion of airport revenue, releases of airport land, and ACDBE compliance.
- Successfully negotiated with FAA to obtain a substantial reduction of a civil penalty in FAA enforcement action concerning shipment of hazardous materials.
- ACI-NA Legal Webinar Panelist, Part 16 and Part 13, November 2020
- Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA), “Non-aeronautical Leases”, October 2019.
- ACI Spring Legal Affairs Conference Panelist, Consortium’s at Airports: Beyond Fuel Systems, 2018.
- Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA), “Airport Commissioner‘s Roundtable”, September 2018.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking and traveling. She spends most of her time outside of the office, however, attempting to tame her energetic children.