150 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Melissa started her career at an AMLAW Global 20 law firm in Atlanta, where she practiced in both the corporate and litigation groups, advising corporate clients on a wide array of matters, including regulatory compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, and civil litigation. Melissa now practices in Caiola & Rose’s franchise and regulatory compliance practice group. As counsel for franchisors, Melissa prepares and files franchise disclosure documents, counsels clients on disclosure requirements and applicable registration requirements, and prepares documents to restructure existing franchise relationships. Melissa also provides counseling to franchisors on other regulated aspects of their business such as food and beverage sales, commercial co-venture laws, gift card programs, and other advertising and marketing initiatives that trigger consumer protection statutes. With a strong background in corporate finance and M&A’s, Melissa also adds value to franchisors who are refinancing or restructuring their assets and debts.
Before beginning her career as a lawyer, Melissa served as an Assistant Director for Policy for a nonprofit organization in Atlanta focusing on issues related to economic development. Through that work she served the city of Atlanta in multiple ways, including as an appointee to the BeltLine Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee.
In addition to her legal practice, Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for the Clarkston Community Center, where she lives with her husband, son, and two dogs.
University of Georgia, J.D. (2014) magna cum laude
University of Georgia, M.S.W. (2005)
Oglethorpe University, B.A. (2002)
Order of the Coif (2014)
Named among the "Top 40 Under 40" by Georgia Trend Magazine (2010)
Co-Author, “How Kavanaugh’s Nomination Affects Financial Institutions,” Law 360 (August 3, 2018)
Co-Author, “Slack Fill: Is this Deception or Just a Bunch of Air?,” New York Law Journal (May 21, 2017)
“All Together Now: International Regulator Response to the LIBOR Rate Setting Conspiracy,” 42 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 491 (2014)