Melodie focuses her practice on litigation, including commercial, employment, eminent domain, construction, real property, and procurement disputes. Experienced in all stages of litigation, Melodie handles motion drafting and hearings, depositions, written discovery, document review and production, mediations, trial preparation and trial work, and appeals. She has litigated cases throughout Idaho and has argued before the Idaho Supreme Court.

Before joining Givens Pursley LLP in 2013, Melodie worked as an associate attorney at a litigation firm in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk to the Honorable Marcus D. Williams of the Fairfax Circuit Court in Virginia.

Recognition

  • Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Honoree, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, 2016

Education

  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2011), magna cum laude
    • Lead Articles Editor, Catholic University Law Review
    • Internships at the U.S. Department of Justice (Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section), U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • B.A. in English and French, Mount St. Mary's University (2007), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Idaho
  • Virginia (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Clerkship

  • Honorable Marcus D. Williams of the Fairfax Circuit Court, Fairfax, VA

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Idaho State Bar, Litigation Section
  • American Inns of Court No. 130
  • Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Idaho State Bar, Class of 2016-2017
  • Note, Opening the Umbrella: The Expansion of the Prosecutorial Vindictiveness Doctrine in United States v. Jenkins, 59 CATH. U. L. REV. 855 (2010).