Melissa’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation (including complex patent litigation), and appeals. She has worked on many stages of litigation, including motion practice, fact and expert discovery, depositions, inter partes review proceedings, and jury trials. Melissa has joined Diamond McCarthy as an experienced Senior Counsel based in our Houston, TX office.
A native of Puerto Rico, Melissa’s language skills have enabled her to represent Spanish-speaking clients, as well as negotiate effectively with opposing parties in their own language, leading to a more efficient litigation process. A former top-ranked tennis player, Melissa tackles litigation with the same tenacity and work ethic that she developed on the tennis court.
Melissa’s pro bono practice includes representing clients seeking asylum before the USCIS and Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as volunteering at pro bono legal hotlines in Houston. Additionally, Melissa also mentors law students through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity program and the Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.