Melissa was born and reared in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, with a degree in education. In 2003, Melissa felt compelled toward law. She went to school part-time, while working full-time. She juggled clinical opportunities, achieved dean’s list, and also performed law journal duties.
Melissa has worked pro bono for numerous causes, including multiple years as a volunteer and supervisor at the juvenile advocacy clinic.She also represented children with special needs in multiple school districts.
During law school, Melissa clerked for a prominent employment law firm. Her work there sparked a lifelong passion for worker’s rights advocacy. Since then, Melissa has devoted her considerable skill and zeal to fighting for the disenfranchised.
Melissa has a close-knit family and warm circle of friends. She is also a loving pet parent of two rescue cats and frequently supports animal rescue causes.