LLB (Hons) / BA (Otago) Admitted to the Bar in 2011
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Melissa began her career as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of Wellington. Before joining Gilbert Walker, Melissa worked at Meredith Connell as an Associate/Intermediate Crown Counsel where she prosecuted serious crime as well as gaining civil litigation experience acting for private liquidators and the Commissioner of Police. She has appeared regularly as lead and junior counsel in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.
Melissa holds an LLB (Hons) / BA from the University of Otago, where she was awarded a number of academic prizes, including the Louis Olive Memorial Prize (top second year law student). She was also top of her graduating law class based on her average mark. In 2016, Melissa received a Pegasus Scholarship to work alongside barristers and Judges in London. Melissa has also tutored in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago and Victoria University.