Melissa M. Mulloy

Professional Profile
Melissa is the business litigator you want by your side when you have a dispute that needs a creative, effective, and practical resolution. 

As a litigation partner—a business owner herself, Melissa understands that your business needs and objectives must come first.  She will work closely with you to make sure that those business needs take priority in any dispute resolution.  While Melissa has represented companies nationally and internationally on a variety of business matters, she has significant experience in reinsurance, employment law, and issues of unfair competition, including covenants not to compete and trade secret violations.

Her passionate and zealous advocacy will shine through as she works with you to achieve the best results for your business.  But don’t take our word for it; hear what her clients have to say:

  • “Melissa is smart and strategic, and, in our situation, was clear that our best interest as an organization was to win the lawsuit rather than settle, even if it meant going to trial.”
  • “What I love most about working with Melissa is that she can almost always give me on the spot advice; her advice is sound, relying on both her legal expertise and her common sense.” 
  • When we have a question, Melissa gets back to us the very same day.  She is the most responsive lawyer I have ever worked with.” 

Melissa also uses her passionate advocacy skills to benefit the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Saint Paul and as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the History Theatre. Melissa is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Saint Paul and is Past Chair of the Ethics Commission for the City of Roseville.

Law School
University of Minnesota School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1997
Harry A. Blackmun Scholar
Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Editor-in-Chief

Judicial Clerkship
Justice Paul Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1997-98

American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
National Association of Women Lawyers
Minnesota Women Lawyers

Minnesota State Court; Wisconsin State Court; United States District Courts in Minnesota, the Western District of Wisconsin, and the Northern District of New York; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Recent Publications & Seminars
The Reinsurance Contract, Ch. 72 New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (2012) (co-authored with Keith A. Dotseth, Michael J. Steinlage, and David C. Linder)

Honor Returning Service Members and USERRA Mandates (November 2012) (co-authored with David P. McKinney)

The Real Estate Lawyers Guide to the New ADA (November 2012) (co-presented)

Arbitration Acts: A Desk Reference - Second Edition (2010) (co-authored with Keith A. Dotseth, Michael J. Steinlage and Hillary J. Loynes)

Spring Intensive Arbitrator Training Workshop, AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS), (May 2010) (Faculty)

Seeking Temporary Relief, Corporate Counsel Summit on Litigation and Trial Strategy, (October 2009) (co-presenter)

RIF Risks and Strategies to Avoid Costly Layoff Litigation, USLAW, Fall/Winter 2008 (co-authored with David Wilk and Yvonne Shorts)

Reduction-in-Force Desk Reference, A Comprehensive Guide to Notice Requirements, Severance and Waivers of Claims (2008) (co-authored with David Wilk and Yvonne Shorts)

Legal Considerations for an Aging Workforce, Business Seminar for Minnesota Technology Institute, December 2007 and January 2008

Confidentiality in Arbitrations: Are We Only Hiding from Ourselves?, 14 Journal of Reinsurance at 49, Summer 2007 (co-author with Keith Dotseth)