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Phoenix Attorney
Melissa Iyer Julian, Esq.

Phone: 602.842.7418


Languages: English

Melissa Iyer Julian has been practicing with Burch & Cracchiolo since 2006.  In that time, Melissa has represented a number of governmental institutions and their elected officers including the Maricopa County Attorneys’ Office, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State of Arizona in a number of high profile cases involving a range of issues including negligence, Section 1983 liability, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act, and cases involving the United States and Arizona constitutions. 

Melissa has also spent considerable time representing businesses in a variety of commercial matters including securities litigation, business and partnership disputes, and real estate disputes.


  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2006
    Computer Law Review, Executive Board
    National Order of the Barristers
    Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition, National Champion
    American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Regional Finalist, Oralist Award, Briefing Award
  • B.A., English, Southwestern University, 2002


  • Arizona
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas:

  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense / Personal Injury Litigation

Areas of Concentration:

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Business Litigation
  • Indian Tribal Government Relations & Gaming Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation

Honors & Awards:

  • Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012-2014
  • Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers, Business & Corporate Law, 2014

Professional Affiliations:

  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association
  • Young Lawyers Division of Arizona Bar Association

Community Involvement:

  • Member, Board of Directors for Beatitudes Age Link
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum
  • Volunteer attorney Arizona Domestic Violence Assistance Project
  • Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum
  • National Association of Professional Women

Attorney News & Announcements:

Representative Engagements:

  • Representation of the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in a high profile case involving education funding for English Language Learners. The case was heard by the United States Supreme Court and a decision was rendered in favor of the Superintendent.
  • Representation of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office as amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court.
  • Representation of small and mid-sized Arizona companies in litigation involving claims of fraud, securities fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and employment disputes.
  • Litigation claims involving escrow agent’s fiduciary and contractual duties for national title companies.
  • Representation of Indian Tribes in personal injury cases by successfully utilizing sovereign immunity defense.

Reported Cases:

  • Horne v. Flores, 129 S. Ct. 2579 (2009)
  • District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)  (as amicus curiae)
  • Beltran v. Harrah’s Arizona Corp., 220 Ariz. 29, 202 P.3d 494 (Ct. App. 2008)

Contact This Firm

Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

702 East Osborn, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014
United States

Law Firm Contact: David M. Villadolid

Tel: 602.842.7418

Fax: 602.234.0341



Member Since: 2009

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