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130 North Court Ave
Memphis TN 38103
Fax: 901.524.5024

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Melissa Maravich has a diverse litigation practice and has appeared before state, federal and appellate courts in numerous jurisdictions.  Ms. Maravich is currently the managing member for the firm’s largest insurance company client and handles general commercial liability, complex commercial litigation, and coverage issues on behalf of insurance companies and corporations. During her career Ms. Maravich has represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment, constitutional and civil rights cases. She has also litigated mass tort, class action and multidistrict litigation matters with an emphasis in federal court practice. In addition, she also represents clients in personal injury and products liability cases.

Following law school, Ms. Maravich served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jerome Turner, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. She has been a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator since 2002 and served as a voluntary mediator for Shelby County Criminal Court Pretrial Services for several years.  Ms. Maravich regularly speaks at seminars regarding trial practice and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  She is a Memphis Bar Foundation Fellow and has served on the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc. of Memphis, the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South and the Community Legal Center. Ms. Maravich served as Chair of the Fee Dispute Committee of the Memphis Bar Association for several years.

Education

  • University of Memphis (J.D., 1989), with honors; Gamma Beta Phi and Tau Omicron Society
  • Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., 1979), cum laude

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Certified Rule 31 Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Litigation Section, Memphis Bar Association; Tennessee Bar Association; American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Community Legal Center (2002- present)
  • Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group Committee, U.S. District Court, W.D. Tennessee (1995-2000)
  • Chair, Fee Dispute Committee, Memphis Bar Association
  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Jerome Turner, Judge, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Tennessee (1989-1990)
  • Recipient, Joseph A. Moore Memorial Scholarship
  • American Jurisprudence Awards (Legal Methods I and Future Interests)
  • Best Oral Advocate Award, Intraschool Mock Trial Competition (1988)
  • Bronze Key Award, American Bar Association (1989)
  • National Mock Trial Team (1989)
  • Order of Barristers
  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 8th and 9th eds.

Publications and Presentations of Note

  • Presenter, "Opening Statements," Continuing Legal Education Presentation at FedEx Corporate Headquarters (October 2013) 
  • Author, "Opening Statement Considerations," Memphis Lawyer, Vol. 29, Issue 6 (December 2012) 
  • Author, "Navigating the Potholes - Opening Statements," ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Publication (2012)
  • Presenter, “Plaintiff's Attorney in Mock Trial,” ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Annual Seminar (2012)
  • Presenter, “Federal Motion Practice and Oral Advocacy,” U.S. District Court of the Western District of Tennessee (2000)
  • Co-author, Relevance: The Tennessee Balancing Act, 57 TENN. L. REV. 33 (1989)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, Girls, Incorporated of Memphis
  • Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fund Raising Chair, Community Legal Center