Melissa helps clients navigate a wide range of challenging privacy compliance and data security matters. She regularly helps clients develop and implement privacy compliance programs and advises companies on managing risk in connection with extensive and innovative data collection and use. Melissa also advises multinational companies on the privacy and data security aspects of their M&A transactions and has experience drafting and negotiating tailored privacy and data security contract provisions.
Melissa has particular experience in advising clients on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other laws governing the collection and use of medical and health information.
Melissa regularly counsels clients responding to data breaches and security incidents. She has assisted clients responding to regulatory inquiries regarding data security practices, including investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state attorneys general, and foreign regulators following data security incidents.
In 2019, both The Legal 500 US and Expert Guides recognized Melissa as a “Rising Star” in the area of cyber law, data privacy, and data protection. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the “Future Leader – Gender Diversity” award at the inaugural Chambers USA Diversity Awards. Melissa was a 2015 recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, which honors excellence in legal writing.
Melissa earned her J.D., cum laude, from Howard University School of Law. While in law school, she was the Executive Solicitations and Symposium Editor for the Howard Law Journal and also served as auction coordinator for the Howard Law Public Interest Auction.
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