Melissa was not one of those people who always knew she wanted to be a lawyer. As a tenth-generation Mainer, Melissa attended Brewer High School and went on to pursue pre-medicine at the University of Maine. Not long into her studies, she knew that medicine was not for her, and began studying International Affairs. After briefly toying with the idea of working as a diplomat, Melissa decided that if she could overcome her fear of public speaking she would study law. She immersed herself in a theatre class and a public speaking class, coming out the other side with newly-found confidence.
Melissa got her law degree in 1996 from the University of Maine School of Law. She worked for a Bangor law firm before joining the Maine Attorney General’s Office, where she served for twelve years. While there, Melissa chaired the national working group to enforce the public health provisions of the landmark Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement against Big Tobacco. She was awarded for her leadership by the National Association of Attorneys General and by the University of Maine, receiving the prestigious Spirit of Maine Award in 2006.
In 2010 Melissa left the Attorney General’s Office to found her own law firm. She became a “recovering litigator” focusing instead on estate planning, business law and real estate. She brought her practice – and her great spirit – to McKee Law in 2015.
Melissa’s litigation experience gives her great insight into proactively helping people avoid future problems and innovatively solve disputes. Melissa has found that her true passion is working with families – both in their personal lives and in their businesses – to help them plan their future, achieve their goals and leave a lasting legacy. While not helping other families, she spends her spare time with her own – husband John, and daughters Clare and Ruth.
Areas of Practice: Business law, real estate, probate, estate planning, gaming law.
Education: University of Maine (B.A., magna cum laude, 1992). University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1996).
Member: Maine State Bar Association.