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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 is a trial attorney with a detailed understanding of government regulations and business litigation. A former prosecutor, she is sympathetic to the disruption and chaos a government inquiry and criminal investigation can cause. 

Melissa defends individual clients against a wide variety of criminal allegations, including health care fraud, qui tam, RICO violations, bank fraud, real estate fraud, mortgage fraud, foreign corrupt practices, securities fraud, water and air quality violations, government corruption, procurement and public fraud, professional misconduct, civil and criminal forfeiture, licensing violations, parallel proceedings, and computer crimes.

On behalf of corporate entities, Melissa has conducted numerous internal investigations for clients, both self-initiated and in response to government inquiry. She represents individuals and businesses in investigations by all types of government entities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Inspector Generals (state and federal), Securities and Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Veterans Affairs and local law enforcement. She also assists clients in performing their own internal investigations and in developing compliance programs to prevent wrongdoing by employees.

Melissa has experience handling complex civil litigation matters, including the defense of civil RICO, 42 U.S.C. 1983 claims, election law, public official liability, consumer fraud, and general tort liability.

Melissa works as a liaison between the business and litigation professionals both in the United States and in Asia to formulate comprehensive plans in response to contract disputes and government inquiries. Combining her government regulatory knowledge, litigation skills, and knowledge of Asian cultural practices, Melissa provides sound business advice for clients with interests both nationally and internationally.

Melissa’s representative experience includes:

  • Defense of government inquiries (civil and criminal) 
  • Advising companies (both privately held and publicly traded) on litigation matters
  • Preparation of witnesses for depositions, arbitrations, and testimonials under oath
  • Coordination of rapid response and crisis communications for high profile clients 
  • False Claims Act representation, compliance and training
  • Advising clients with matters before the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • Representation of health care professionals before professional licensing boards resulting in full dismissals.
  • Representation of physicians and physician group in federal inquiry into fraudulent billing practices.
  • Work on behalf of clients who failed to maintain HIPAA protected patient information correctly. Records were found by local law enforcement, required coordination of law enforcement as well as Department of Homeland Security and Attorney General to resolve case. No current civil or criminal sanctions pending.
  • Defense of a multimillion-dollar securities and accounting fraud case involving a parallel Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
  • Antitrust litigation representing direct purchasers against manufacturers of electronics components.
  • Lead attorney for the completion of an internal investigation of a national recycling company involving criminal investigations 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.  
  • Resolution of multi-million dollar land sale fraud. Allegations of misconduct over a ten year period. Case resolved with minimal collateral consequences to co-defendants and stipulated restitution.  
  • Represented an individual in a high profile case who received a 90-year sentence. Obtained two unanimous recommendations from the Arizona Clemency Board.
  • Coordination of deposition and evidence gathering in the United States in behalf of Chinese law firm for litigation in China. Matter involved complex tax and accounting fraud allegations.
  • Advice to Chinese manufacturing company in failed joint venture necessitating review of U.S. litigation and bankruptcy claims.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Representation of child care providers with government contracts. Successful resolution of criminal prosecution and civil settlement with Department of Economic Security.
  • Representation of telecommunications/telemarketing provider in multi-state Consumer Fraud Actions. Successful resolution of civil settlements with no criminal prosecution.
  • Resolution of multi-year federal tax fraud and structuring case. Resolved with no adverse collateral immigration consequences and minimal fines.
  • Representation of national medical device corporation accused of consumer fraud violations.  Resolved with no charges filed.
  • Representation of individual with Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, in proceeding before OFAC. 
  • Successful appeal of hospital employees convicted of failure to report in high profile matter.  
  • Representation of a hazardous waste transportation company in RCRA and EPA investigation. No charges filed.
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