Melissa graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws in 2009 after a career as a legal executive that began in 1994. She worked as a commercial/property lawyer in Christchurch and litigation lawyer in Blenheim, before returning to her home in Rangiora in 2012. She has been a lawyer in the North Canterbury community ever since.
Although Melissa has a wide range of legal experience, her specialisation is in family law including relationship property, and residential property transactions. She regularly appears in the Family Court in Christchurch and elsewhere in New Zealand on behalf of clients and is an approved provider of family legal aid and the free Family Legal Advice Service. She takes pride in going the extra mile for clients to help guide them through their exciting project or challenging experience.
Melissa is a member of the Family Law Section and Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.