Melissa H.D. Balough

Real Estate & Land Use


South Lake Tahoe, CA
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Melissa is an experienced litigator who has represented defendants and plaintiffs from the pre-litigation strategy stage through discovery, trial, and appeals. She has represented companies in commercial litigation on the civil side, as well as individual and corporate clients in white-collar criminal defense cases and government investigations by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  She also has represented clients in infringement actions before the U.S. International Trade Commission, federal district courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Melissa’s focus is on finding creative ways to navigate difficult issues successfully and in a way that is practical and in line with business and personal goals. She enjoys thinking strategically to help clients avoid pitfalls and surmount obstacles. Melissa places paramount importance on being responsive to client questions and communications. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia (inactive), Massachusetts (inactive), and California.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial litigation
Government investigations
Intellectual property litigation

Prior Associations

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Troutman Pepper
Kirkland & Ellis


UVA School of Law, 2001
Cornell University, B.A.

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