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.
- 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)