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.

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Melissa L. Watt
(513) 632-0303

201 E. Fifth St., Suite 1420
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Business Litigation


Contract Litigation


Health Care Litigation


Public Utilities

First Amendment


Media & Communications Law


Fire Litigation

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.

Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • 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

Mock Trial

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

            Volunteer Lawyer

A Cap on Trust: The Ohio General Assembly Should Trust Ohioans to Make Tough Decisions, U. Cin. L. Rev. (Nov. 13, 2013),


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.