Dallas City Attorney

Senior Assistant City Attorney

Litigation Section, General Counsel Division

Criminal Law and Police Section

Melissa joined the Dallas City Attorney’s office in January 2016.  Melissa’s practice concentrates on environmental litigation, enforcement, transactions, and compliance, along with related legal issues facing the City.  In addition to her years of private litigation practice, Melissa’s training and background in engineering serve her well in communicating with and effectively advising highly-trained and experienced City staff.


  • J.D. / Marquette University Law School
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering / Purdue University
  • B.A. Psychology / Purdue University

Affiliations & Activities

  • State Bar of Texas, June 2015
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, May 2008
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin

Prior Experience

  • Associate, Touchstone Bernays Johnston Beall Smith & Stollenwerck, LLP, Dallas, Texas (2015)
  • Associate, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2008-2015)