Melissa Saldana is a commercial litigation lawyer with diverse client and matter experience, including working on the team on the first ever SEC receivership case involving an initial coin offering. She has experience with matters involving breach of contract, fiduciary duties, auditor liability, and securities fraud, among others. Melissa is skilled in many aspects of litigation in state and federal courts, including factual and legal investigation, discovery management, motions practice, and trial. Her experience includes deposing lay witnesses, drafting and arguing motions, and examining witnesses at a state court hearing.
In addition to her litigation practice, Melissa has assisted on internal and government investigations both domestically and abroad. For example, she assisted on an internal investigation of a foreign-based multinational corporation to ensure compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Melissa also maintains an active pro bono practice. Most recently, she has been involved in representing unaccompanied minors in state and immigration courts, successfully securing permanent resident status for two teenagers from El Salvador.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Melissa was a litigation associate at an international law firm in New York where she worked on high-profile litigations, including representing a global accounting firm against negligence claims filed in a class action lawsuit.
- September 7, 2018
An Introduction to Blockchain Technology and Key Issues for Lawyers Advising Clients in that Space, Dallas Bar Association
- June 7, 2018
Legal Issues for Lawyers Advising Clients on Blockchain Technology, West Legal Education
- Columbia University (J.D. 2013; B.A. 2009)
- Texas, New York, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas