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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
Born in Hong Kong, Melissa 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.   

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 , intellectual property background, litigation skills, and knowledge of Asia, Melissa provides sound business advice for clients with interests nationally and internationally.

Melissa’s representative experience includes:
  • Advising companies (both privately held and publicly traded) on litigation matters (commercial and intellectual property)
  • Defense of government inquiries (civil and criminal)
  • Preparation of witnesses for depositions, arbitrations, and testimonials under oath
  • Coordination of rapid response and crisis communications for high profile clients 
  • Review of cross-border contractual agreements 
  • False Claim Act representation, compliance and training
  • Advising clients with matters before the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Representation of physicians and physician group in federal inquiry into fraudulent billing practices.

eAlerts Alerts
December 2018
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2018 Health Care Compliance Trends for White Collar Practitioners
Co-Author, American Bar Association
July 10, 2018
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Co-Presenter, 2017 Arizona Women Lawyers Association Convention; Chandler, AZ
October 27, 2017
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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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Featured in AZ Big Media
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
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