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Melissa focuses her practice on commercial real estate and business transactions. Her commercial real estate practice includes sales and acquisitions of multifamily housing, hotels, shopping centers, and other commercial properties, as well as leasing. She also handles business mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and other business transactions. She serves as outside general counsel for many small businesses, providing guidance in employment, real estate, contracts, business formation, and other business matters. 


  • Wayne State University Law School, cum laude, 2005
  • University of Michigan, B.A. in Economics, Minor in French and Francophone Studies, 2002

Professional Experience:

  • Joined Demorest Law Firm, PLLC in 2005


  • All Michigan Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Honors & Awards:

  • Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV
  • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Rising Star, Michigan SuperLawyers
  • 2010 – YWCA of Western Wayne County: Volunteer of the Year
  • 2008 – YWCA of Western Wayne County: Young Professional of the Year
  • Senior Articles Editor and Assistant Editor of The Wayne Law Review
  • Internship with the Honorable Nancy G. Edmunds, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Community Involvement:

  • Dearborn Area Chamber, Board of Directors & Chair-Elect for 2014
  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse Assistant Coach (former JV Head Coach), Birmingham Seaholm and Groves High Schools

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