Melissa is a Practice Innovation Attorney in our Silicon Valley office.
Melissa is the Practice Innovation Attorney for the firm’s M&A practice. In this role, Melissa is focused on optimizing client value, driving technology innovation, and supporting the needs of start-up and emerging growth companies.
Melissa has significant experience leading knowledge management efforts, supporting attorney development, and managing transactions and teams. Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Melissa was Special Counsel and Knowledge Management Attorney for the emerging companies and venture capital practice at Sidley Austin. Additionally, Melissa created the inaugural associate development role at Cooley, designing and developing an internal work allocation, utilization, experience, and performance management tracking system and overseeing staffing and career development for junior associates.
Melissa also has extensive experience as a practicing attorney. Melissa was an Associate Attorney at Fenwick & West and O’Melveny & Myers where she focused on M&A transactions involving technology companies across a broad range of industries and managed all aspects of numerous deals. She also has experience as an in-house corporate attorney at a publicly-traded company.
- University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, J.D.
- cum laude
- Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
- Stanford University, A.B., History
- with honors
- with distinction