July 15, 2014

Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected for a second term to the State Bar Association Board of Governors. The members of the State Bar of Arizona elected ten Board of Governor members who oversee the policy making and operation of the organization. She will serve a three-year term.

“The State Bar of Arizona is an outstanding organization in large part due to its members and the governance of its Board,” said Melissa Ho. “I am honored to have been selected by the Bar’s membership to serve for a second time as their representative to this important governing body.”

Earlier this year, Melissa was the recipient of the AJC’s Emerging Leadership Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on an attorney practicing twelve years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public and community service.

Other honors include:

• Selected as a recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Best Lawyers Under 40,” a distinction achieved by only a select few attorneys in the United States
• Chosen by The Phoenix Business Journal as a recipient of its “Forty Under 40” award honoring the best and brightest leaders in the Phoenix metro area
• Named to the “Lawyers of Color Hot List”
• Selected by AZ Business Magazine as a “Generation Next Forty Under Forty”
• Southwest Super Lawyers named her as a Rising Star in 2012-2014 in the category of Criminal Defense - White Collar

Melissa practices law in the areas of government investigations and white collar criminal defense. She is Past President of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. She earned her B.A. with honors, a B.S. from Arizona State University and her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Melissa is a good source for reporters working on stories about:

• White Collar Crime
• Internal Investigations
• Government Investigations
• Criminal Sentencing
• Transacting Business in China

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780,

About Polsinelli

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*Law360, March 2014

About the Board of Governors
The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operation of the organization. The Board is comprised of 30 people: four non-attorney public members appointed by the Board, three at-large members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court, nineteen attorney members elected by fellow bar members in their district, and four ex-officio members (immediate past president and the deans of Arizona’s three law schools.