Melissa LimPatterson


Washington + 1.202.879.4271

Melissa Lim Patterson is an experienced complex commercial litigator, focusing on cases involving antitrust, fraud, and contract disputes. Melissa represents multinational companies in civil litigation, including on matters related to allegations of bid-rigging, price-fixing, and market allocation, as well as clients in antitrust merger litigation 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, 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. Melissa also first chaired a jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia and successfully secured for her client, the victim of human trafficking, a $3 million verdict for her claims under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act against her trafficker, a former employee of the U.S. State Department.


  • Former CEO of multinational metals and mining corporation represented in SEC investigationJones Day represents the former CEO of a multinational metals and mining corporation in an SEC investigation related to accounting and disclosure issues and a subsequent lawsuit filed by the SEC.
  • Petitioner in ineffective assistance case obtains unanimous Seventh Circuit panel decision to remand case to Board of Immigration AppealsJones Day successfully represented client R—a 44 year old native and citizen of Mexico who has lived in the United States for more than 25 years—in his petition to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to review the Board of Immigration Appeals' denial of his motion to reopen his appeal asserting ineffective assistance of counsel.
  • Human trafficking victim prevails on claims under TVPAOn July 31, 2017, a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia found in favor of Jones Day pro bono client Sarah Roe (a pseudonym) and awarded her $3 million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages on her claims under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act ("TVPA").
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status granted to El Salvadoran childJones Day successfully represented a juvenile client in his petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, which is available for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected in their home country and it is not in their best interest to be returned there.
  • Yazaki defends against automotive wire harness antitrust class actionsJones Day represents Yazaki North America and Yazaki Corporation in connection with numerous antitrust class action complaints alleging that Yazaki and other auto parts manufacturers violated the Sherman Act by engaging in bid-rigging and price-fixing in sales of automotive wire harnesses and related products.