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Melissa Lim Patterson


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  • American University (J.D. summa cum laude 2013; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Administrative Law Review; Moot Court Honor Society); University of Arizona (B.A. in Journalism cum laude 2009)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Maryland, and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (2013-2014) and judicial intern to Chief Judge Deborah Chasanow, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Spring 2012)

Government Service

  • Intern, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Aviation and Admiralty Litigation Section (Summer 2011)

Melissa Lim Patterson is a litigator with experience in complex commercial litigation, primarily in the field of antitrust. She represents multinational companies in a civil litigation including on matters related to allegations of bid-rigging, price-fixing, and market allocation, as well as clients in antitrust merger litigations. Melissa also has experience defending allegations of antitrust violations premised on the alleged misuse of intellectual property rights or the regulatory approval processes to extend market exclusivity for brand name drugs. In her practice, Melissa has extensive experience with electronic discovery, including experience with predictive coding technology.

Melissa maintains an active pro bono practice, including work with the D.C. Bar Advice and Referral Clinic. She has represented several clients before federal and state courts in their immigration matters, particularly with respect to seeking SIJS status, as well as in criminal proceedings in D.C. Superior court. Currently, Melissa is representing a victim of human trafficking pursuing a civil claim against the perpetrator in federal district court.

Melissa Lim Patterson