Melissa’s practice focuses on labour and employment law and litigation. Melissa has appeared before the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Labour Boards, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. She has also participated in both mediations and arbitrations. Having completed her articles with McInnes Cooper, she has gained experience in complex labour relations, including collective bargaining, drafting collective agreements, and responding to work stoppages. Melissa also handles a wide range of matters, including employment agreement and workplace policy drafting; terminations; workplace accommodations; union certification applications; wrongful dismissals; workplace investigations; and human rights matters.
While in law school, Melissa received a number of awards and scholarships in recognition of her academic achievements and community involvement. These include the Dalhousie Impact Gold D Award, the Schulich Scholarship, the Clifford Rae Achievement Award, the Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP Award in Law, and the Gowling WLG Law & Technology Prize. Melissa was also the recipient of the Muriel Duckworth Award in her graduating year, for raising consciousness of women’s issues and feminism in the legal community.
Melissa is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association. She has served on both provincial and national sections of the Canadian Bar Association. Melissa is also actively involved in The Advocates’ Society and has been appointed as a member of the national Young Advocates’ Standing Committee for the 2020-2022 term. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, outdoor adventures, and spending time with her dog Elliot.