• Some of the most well-known names in entertainment & sports have trusted Melinda with their brands. Prior to founding the Law Firm and Legacy Talent in 2005, Melinda was an attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. Prior to her employment with Nelson Mullins, she was an attorney with Fagel & Haber in Chicago, IL.

    Melinda earned her B.S. with Honors in Economics and Business from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her law degree Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. Melinda frequently speaks on topics such as "Sports and Entertainment Law," "Motorsports and Entertainment," and "Film Finance" at the Bar Association's presentation "Behind the Scenes: Film & Music Law."

    Select Representative Transactions

    • Charlotte Checkers Hockey
    • Panthers' Quarterback Will Grier 
    • Renee Rapp - Lead Role for Mean Girls on Broadway 2020
    • Amazon partnership 2018
    • Digital Influencer Nash Grier films and endorsements including Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, and Dolce and Gabbana
    • World Champion/Hall of Fame/ Sports Illustrated Cover/ Boxer Christy Martin - Amy Schumer to play her in the film 
    • NFL Carolina Panthers' engagements 
    • Jim Cantore representation and endorsements
    • Coca-Cola sponsorship deals
    • NC, SC, and TN Lottery Ticket licensing and endorsement deals
    • Michael Jordan commercial for Novant Health
    • Kathy Ireland Stemage skincare endorsement
    • Gary Valentine film and television appearances, including Kevin Can Wait, Chelsea Lately, Fargo on FX and Mall Cop
    • Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC); Airplane Repo (Discovery); Car Fix (Discovery); Art Breakers (Ovation TV);Lizard Lick Towing 
    • Magic Mike XXL talent
    • NASCAR Rusty Wallace appearances
    • Sony & Columbia Pictures Music Licensing including Here Comes the Boom

    Professional Affiliations

    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Film Board of the Charlotte Regional Partnership
    • NCBA Sports & Entertainment Section Council Member
  • What’s on your bucket list and why?
    We have a home in California so I want to learn to speak Spanish fluently. I speak Spanish in mostly nouns and verbs like a child. Who can’t speak Spanish.

    What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
    No one can beat me in air hockey. No joke- I am one of the ten best air hockey players in the country. It’s gotten to the point where I glance down at the table and puck merely as a formality.

    What are your Pet Peeves?
    People who wait to talk instead of listening; reply all; irregardless; stray hair; people who do not wave when you let them in traffic; bad grammar; poor umbrella etiquette, celebrity couple naming……. I could go on and on.

    Favorite Book?
    The book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

    What is your goal in life?
    I'd like to be the person my dog thinks I am.

    Who, living or dead, do you wish you could have over for dinner?
    Mohammed and Jesus so that they could have a little chat. And Kevin Hart for comedic commentary.

    What is your morning routine?
    Wake Up. Reward myself with a Diet Coke.

    What is something you are trying to forget?
    All of my passwords, apparently.

    What is your most marked characteristic? 
    I tell people what I think.

    What makes you laugh?
    I try to find the humor in everything and I seek out a sense of humor in my friends and coworkers. Also, the absurdity of some of the conversations we have in the office and what is on our Google search, all in the name of working with celebrities and athletes. Our day often ends with one of us asking “Did that just really happen?”.

    What is your greatest extravagance?
    A Personal Trainer. Although these days one might say premium gas.

    What is your Greatest Advice?
    Be selective.
    The harder you work, the luckier you will get.
    Chance favors the prepared.

    What do you think is the greatest scientific discovery?
    It’s a toss up between the earth being round and the iPhone.

    What is something you wish you were better at?
    Sleeping

    What has been said about you that you are proud of?
    That I am smart and tough, but fair and get deals done.
    And that I write really good letters.