Melissa L. Watt
Melissa's practice focuses on complex business litigation and contract disputes. Melissa has experience in all aspects of the litigation process, from pre-litigation claim analysis to alternative dispute resolution to appeals.
Prior to joining the firm, Melissa clerked for Judge Pat DeWine – now Justice Pat DeWine – at Ohio's First District Court of Appeals. Melissa also started, co-owned, and operated her own business creating customizable training materials for manufacturing and industrial companies before attending law school.
A cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Melissa served as a judicial intern for U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black and as an advocate in the Hamilton County Youth Court. Additionally, Melissa competed as a member of trial team, participated in Law Review, and assisted with preparation of appellate briefs for clients as a member of the Sixth Circuit Clinic.
Health Care Litigation
Media & Communications Law
Supreme Court of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Recipient of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky FBA's inaugural PLEDGE (Promoting Lawyer Excellence and Driving Gender Equality) Award given to acknowledge the professional successes of exception women lawyers in greater Cincinnati.
- OWBA Board Member (District 12 Trustee), 2016-2020
Cincinnati Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
- CLE Coordinator
Ohio State Bar Association
- YLS Run for Kids Committee (2017-2018)
Potter Stewart Inn of Court
University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., cum laude
Cincinnati Law Review
Trial Advocacy Team
Henry A. Morrill Constitutional Law Prize
Miami University, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor, Mock Trial Coach
University of Iowa, B.A., English
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
University of California, Los Angeles Law
Trial Team Coach, 2020
American Mock Trial Association
Director, Executive Committee
Tournament Administration Committee, Chair
Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Deputy Chair
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati Volunteer Lawyers Project
A Cap on Trust: The Ohio General Assembly Should Trust Ohioans to Make Tough Decisions, U. Cin. L. Rev. (Nov. 13, 2013), http://uclawreview.org/2013/11/13/a-cap-on-trust-the-ohio-general-assembly-should-trust-ohioans-to-make-tough-decisions/.
The Promise of Youth Courts, Ohio Women’s Bar Association Network Newsletter, Volume XXV, Issue No. 4, Fall 2016.
Preparing for Oral Arguments for Beginners, Ohio Women’s Bar Association Network Newsletter, Fall 2017.