Law Practice:

Melisa is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Business Practice Group. She represents clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions, commercial lending, and forensic genealogy related to property rights[1], as well as business entity formation and general business planning.

She also has experience in employment law, construction law and insurance defense.

Melisa has a unique background in real estate title examination and underwriting for both residential and commercial transactions. Her multifaceted professional background includes experience with a variety of real estate matters, including: navigating title imperfections, assisting with property distribution in probate, and all aspects of real estate acquisition and sale. Her familiarity with title insurance endorsements, underwriting, and the effects of litigation on property owners, provide her with a unique ability to serve clients. She also assists clients with foreclosure and eviction actions, when necessary.

[1] “Land and real estate issues involving title, adverse possession, rights of way, lis pendens, or muniment of title, and oil, gas, and mineral rights and royalties.” As defined by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

Education & Bar Admissions:

Melisa received her Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Justice from Central Washington University.

Melisa is admitted to practice in the Oregon, Idaho and Washington State Courts as well as the U.S District Court for Oregon, Idaho and the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington.

Full List of Bar Memberships

Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section Member
Oregon State Bar Business Law Section Member
Washington State Bar Real Property Probate Trust Section Member
Washington State Bar Business Law Section Member
Idaho State Bar Real Property Section Member
Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law Section Member
Multnomah County Bar Association Member
Clark County Bar Association Member


Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Member

Oregon Women Lawyers, Member

Cascade Women Lawyers, Past Board Member


When not practicing law, Melisa enjoys playing golf, skiing, photography, painting, drawing, and cross-stitch. Melisa enjoys spending time with her family and riding her motorcycle throughout the beautiful Northwest.


Melisa has presented classes in the area of real estate covering various topics, including: Foreclosures, Judicial & Non-Judicial in Oregon; Easements; Title Insurance Endorsements and Bankruptcy for Title Professionals.

“Mitigating Environmental Pitfalls in Construction & Development”
Speaker – ALFA International, June 30, 2020

“The Not-So- Wonderful World of Bankruptcy Parts I & II”
Speaker – WFG National Title, February 2018

“Nonjudicial Foreclosures”
Speaker – Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, 2017

“Escrow 102 – Escrow & The Exceptions”
Speaker – Western Title & Escrow, February 2016

“Escrow 101 – The Basics”
Speaker – Western Title & Escrow, February 2016

“Real Estate 101”
Speaker – Western Title & Escrow, January 2016

“Title 101 – The Basics”
Speaker – Western Title & Escrow, January 2016