Melissa completed her J.D. at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where her specialization in corporate and securities law also earned her a Certificate of Corporate and Commercial Law. Throughout law school, Melissa was on the board of the Business Law Society, and interned for the general counsel of a large, US-based oil company. Following her first and second years of law school, Melissa worked as a summer student for two nationwide firms in Calgary, the most recent having been with McCarthy Tétrault. She sat for the Colorado bar exam in the summer of 2015, and has since been officially sworn in as a member of the Colorado bar.
Prior to law school, Melissa received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale University while playing varsity basketball. After her graduation, she played professional basketball in Germany for two years prior to attending law school. Melissa continues to enjoy an active lifestyle to this day.