Melissa’s practice focuses on complex business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Melissa clerked for Judge Pat DeWine at Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals.  When not at the office, Melissa is on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Mock Trial Association.

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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


Class Action Defense


Public Utilities


First Amendment

Media & Communications Law


Breach of Contract




Criminal Defense

Supreme Court of Ohio


United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Ohio Women’s Bar Association
— OWBA Board Member (District 12 Trustee), 2016-current


Cincinnati Bar Association


Federal Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association


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.


University of Iowa, B.A.
Mock trial outstanding attorney, outstanding witness, and National Championship Tournament team captain

American Mock Trial Association, Director


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.