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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2004
    • B.S., Arizona State University, 2001, Biology; with honors
    • B.A., Arizona State University, 2001, Chinese; Phi Delta Phi
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Arizona, 2004
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2006
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2009

Melissa Ho’s passion is to provide legal advice that helps to grow and protect businesses. She is a trial attorney with a detailed understanding of government regulations, intellectual property, and international business. A former prosecutor, she is sympathetic to the disruption and chaos a government inquiry and criminal investigation can cause. In defending criminal matters, Melissa successfully defends matters at both state and federal levels. She also makes appearances before state licensing boards, the Arizona Clemency Board, and the Arizona Corporation Commission. Skilled at internal investigations and high-profile matters, Melissa works effectively with the media to form rapid responses to sensitive matters and media inquiries. Her goal in every matter is to ensure that business continues with the least amount of disruption and that each individual gets not only an aggressive defense, but one that is understandable and comfortable for the client.

  • Defense of a multimillion-dollar securities and accounting fraud case involving a parallel Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
  • Represented an individual in a high profile case who received a 90-year sentence. Obtained a unanimous recommendation from the Arizona Clemency Board to reduce the sentence to five years and lifetime probation.
  • Lead attorney for the completion of an internal investigation of a national company, following a criminal investigation led by local and federal authorities. Successful negotiation of a non-prosecution agreement for the company and reduced penalties for individual employees. Counseled client on regulatory compliance, lobbying needs, and human resources issues.
  • In a high-level felony matter, a conviction would have resulted in a multiyear Department of Corrections sentence. Early plea agreements would require mandatory jail. Successful negotiation of a resolution requiring no prison and no jail time as part of probation sentence.
  • In a high profile self-defense case involving a murder allegation. Persuaded the County Attorney’s office to dismiss original charges and to reconsider grand jury presentation. No indictment was returned against the client. 
  • In a cease and desist matter in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission, a full response and hearing was undertaken in response to multiple allegations of securities fraud. The matter involved complex restitution matters and rescission offers. A modified consent order was obtained preventing further harm to the business, resolving the complaint.
  • Representation of a government agency in the face of high profile civil and criminal proceedings. Matter dealt exclusively with allegations of financial misconduct and conflicts of interest. Matter was successfully defended and clients were cleared of wrongdoing. Due to the sensitive nature of the inquiry, matter required the coordination of media inquiries and a large-scale internal investigation.
  • Successful pretrial resolution of federal prescription rebate fraud claims, preserving the license through probation as opposed to full suspension. Matter was further complicated by the need to interface with professional licensing board.
  • Successfully obtained post-conviction relief for a client with immigration concerns. Original plea agreement and sentence would have resulted in deportation and permanent removal from the United States for a medical professional. Successfully withdrew from plea and obtained a new resolution without impact to the client's immigration status.
  • Successful resolution of a high profile matter involving computer crimes. Worked with a forensic expert to determine that prosecution would not be able to prove knowing possession of prohibited items. Case resolved by plea with no jail component.
  • Federal inquiry into a tribal agency for housing and false claims probe. Internal investigation of a tribal agency completed to the satisfaction of the Office of Inspector General. No criminal charges filed.
  • Representation of a medical practice in examinations under oath and interviews with FBI and IRS agents. No criminal charges filed.
Publications & Presentations
Co-presenter; Export Compliance Training Institute Webinar
March 28, 2017
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PolsinelliOnInternational.com Blog
May 25, 2016
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AZ Big Media; Co-author
February 23, 2016
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The Defense Research Institute's Women in the Law Seminar
Speaker; Scottsdale, AZ
February 17 - 19, 2016
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January 26, 2016
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Co-authored the Criminal Law section
October 2015
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Prepare and Protect: How to Optimize Defense Witnesses Within Ethical Bounds
NACDL - 4th Annual West Coast White Collar Conference
June 17th - 19th 2015
webinar Webinars
May 12, 2015
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April 1, 2015
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May/June 2014
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