Biography

Mel Matthews practices in the firm's Litigation Group, assisting clients with litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on complex business litigation.

Mel has represented publicly held and private companies and financial institutions in a wide variety of litigation and business disputes, including actions for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference, and other business torts. She has experience representing real estate developers and contractors in real estate/construction litigation, financial institutions in lender liability litigation, and mass tort settlement trusts on issues relating to trust administration.

Mel also has experience with class action and collective action litigation, on both the plaintiff and defense sides, in disputes relating to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mel also has worked on appeals in the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mel earned her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Ohio State Law Journal. During law school, Mel served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. of the Southern District of Ohio and participated in the moot court program as a member of the evidence team.

Professional and Community Involvement

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio Women's Bar Association

ArtsWave, YP Board

Cincy Works, YP Board

Oyler School, A.P. Hampton Mentoring Program

Awards & Recognition

CALI Awards for Excellence in Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Legal Writing & Analysis II, Advanced Legal Writing

Ernest Karam Book Award

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Education

J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2015

B.A., University of South Carolina, summa cum laude, 2012

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