Established in 1817, Hodgson Russ is one of the oldest and largest law firms in the United States. Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, with offices in New York City, Toronto (practice restricted to U.S. law), Albany, Saratoga Springs and Palm Beach, Hodgson Russ has nearly 200 attorneys providing client-focused premier service in all areas of U.S. law. Our firm philosophy is focused on stellar client service and our mission is to provide exceptional value to our clients through outstanding responsiveness, high-quality work, and efficient management of the matters entrusted to us.
Melissa is an experienced business litigator who represents prominent national corporations in complex contract, intellectual property, employment, and business disputes, as well as professional malpractice matters. Melissa’s extensive experience litigating intellectual property matters includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes.
Melissa also leads the firm’s Cannabis and Hemp Practice, Agriculture Practice and Equine Practice, assisting clients with the unique and challenging issues faced in these industries. Melissa’s knowledge of these industries makes her particularly adept at protecting the diverse legal needs of agricultural operations, horse owners, breeders, trainers, and equestrian facilities, and those in the emerging cannabis field. Melissa represents clients in a broad range of matters, including those related to litigation, dispute resolution, and industry specific contracts.