Melissa brings many years of experience in the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender to the Frank Law Office. As a senior deputy public defender, she defended clients accused of offenses ranging from the most serious felonies to misdemeanors and traffic offenses with equal dedication and verve, never losing sight of the fact that every criminal case can be a significant and potentially life changing event for the accused. Melissa always works to achieve the most positive outcomes for her clients based on their desired course of action and the facts of their cases. In that vein, she has secured many dismissals and acquittals and successfully negotiated favorable dispositions in cases with charges ranging from first degree murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, sexual assault on a child, aggravated and simple robbery, felony and misdemeanor assault, domestic violence, economic crimes, drug possession and distribution, DUIs, and more.
As your defense attorney, she brings both her years of experience and education and her lifelong passion for justice and equality. Her consummate professionalism aids in negotiating positive dispositions for her clients.
Background, Awards, & Recognition
Melissa is a native of this beautiful state. Her lifelong passion to combat injustice started early. In high school, she spent two summers working for the Colorado State Public Defender's Office. She also interned with criminal defense firms before and during law school and interned with the Arapahoe County Public Defender's office during law school. She has worked with and been mentored by recognized attorneys in the Colorado criminal defense world.
Melissa excelled at Cherry Creek High School. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in Political Science and Economics in 2009. Melissa then attended Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While at Harvard, she was an editor on both the Harvard Law and Policy Review and the Environmental Law Review. She also participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and the Harvard Exoneration Legal Project. After she graduated in 2012, she returned to Colorado to hone her legal skills and combat injustice in her home state.
Melissa is an active member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB), which advocates for accused individuals and unequivocally opposes the death penalty. In her capacity as a co-chair of their Denver Chapter, she plans and organizes community building events and fundraisers and evaluates and recommends judicial nominees. Melissa also does policy work with the CCDB and has helped them achieve positive changes in the law, including the passage of an expanded criminal record sealing bill in 2019.
Melissa is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado and in federal court in the District of Colorado.