MelissaSaldana Crough


Dallas + 1.214.969.5123

Melissa Saldana Crough is a commercial litigation lawyer with diverse client and matter experience, including working on the team on the first ever U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (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 (FCPA).

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.


  • Universities defend multidistrict putative class action litigation brought by former football playersJones Day is serving as lead counsel for all NCAA member institution defendants in a multidistrict litigation ("MDL") consolidating more than 500 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players.
  • IBM resolves claims asserted under Texas Consumer Protection ActJones Day defended International Business Machines Corporation ("IBM") in a Texas state court lawsuit alleging consumer protection and fraud in connection with referral of a mobile application development project to an IBM business partner.
  • Jones Day representing first ever receiver in an ICO enforcement actionUpon the recommendation of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas appointed Jones Day partner Mark Rasmussen as receiver to manage the assets of a firm facing alleged securities laws violations related to an Initial Coin Offering (ICO); Jones Day is serving as counsel to the receiver.
  • Nui Social and Mintage Mining defend against enforcement action relating to cryptocurrency mining productsJones Day is defending Nui Social and Mintage Mining in a Texas State Securities Board enforcement action related to cryptocurrency mining products.
  • U.S. Bank defeats class certification in putative class action alleging billions in class-wide losses in connection with residential mortgage-backed securitiesJones Day represented U.S. Bank National Association in a putative class action seeking billions of dollars in alleged class-wide losses in connection with investments in notes issued by 25 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts for which U.S. Bank served as trustee.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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