Melissa Lim Patterson is an experienced complex commercial litigator. Melissa represents multinational companies in civil litigation, including on matters related to consumer class actions, allegations of bid-rigging, price-fixing, and market allocation, as well as clients in antitrust merger litigations and in SEC fraud investigations. She 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.
Melissa is active in pro bono and public service work. Melissa first chaired a jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia and successfully secured for the client, the victim of human trafficking, a $3 million verdict under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, against a former employee of the U.S. State Department. Melissa successfully defended the trial verdict on appeal in the Fourth Circuit. She has also provided CLE programs on human trafficking issues. Her other pro bono work includes representing several clients before federal and state courts in immigration matters, particularly with respect to seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), as well as in criminal proceedings in D.C. Superior Court. Melissa is also a member of the Washington Office's Recruiting Committee.
- 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)
- District of Columbia, Maryland, and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Intern, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Aviation and Admiralty Litigation Section (Summer 2011)
- 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)