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About Melissa

Melissa Morgan advises clients on a diverse range of litigation matters including white collar and internal investigations, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property and contractual disputes. She has handled matters in state and federal courts across the country, as well as intellectual property matters in the International Trade Commission.

Melissa’s recent representation includes assisting in Judge Barbara S. Jones’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) monitorship of the Charter Communications/Time Warner/Bright House merger.

While attending Duke University School of Law, Melissa interned at the Office of the New York State Attorney General and assisted in defending New York State law enforcement agencies and officials in civil rights actions. She also worked at the Health Justice Clinic at Duke as a certified student, representing clients in disability and discrimination cases.


Recent Notable Matters

HTC Corporation — defending in a trademark infringement action

Toshiba Corporation — defended in a patent infringement action before the International Trade Commission

Great Plains Energy Incorporated — revised stock-for-stock merger of equals transaction with Westar Energy, Inc., creating a company with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion, and with nearly 13,000 MW of generation capacity and more than 51,000 miles of distribution lines

Publications and Speeches

“Exotic Addiction,” Duke Law Journal Online, Vol. 65, August 14, 2015.

“Customary Avoidance,” Social Science Research Network, February 2014.



Duke University School of Law,
cum laude
Pepperdine University,
magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York


Humans Rights Law Society




Office of the New York State Attorney General
Legal Intern, 2013
Duke University School of Law
Duke Law Journal
Online Executive Editor
Duke University School of Law
Duke Innocence Project, Research Team