• 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
    NC, SC, and TN Lottery Ticket licensing and endorsement deals
    Michael Jordan commercial for Novant Health
    Kathy Ireland Stemage skincare endorsement
    Ric Flair® Fuel Energy and Coca-Cola sponsorship deals
    Gary Valentine film and television appearances, including "Chelsea Lately" and "Mall Cop"
    Lizard Lick Towing #1 rated show on truTV
    Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC); Airplane Repo (Discovery); Car Fix (Discovery); Art Breakers (Ovation TV)
    NFL Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart engagements
    NASCAR Rusty Wallace appearances
    Sony & Columbia Pictures music licensing

    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 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 threat facing the world are you concerned about?
    I read an article about a virgin snake who gave birth to baby snakes with legs who could walk upright. 
    Shouldn't we all be a bit concerned? 

    What is something you wish you were better at?

    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.