Melissa Legault is an associate in the Phoenix office, where she focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. Melissa assists employers in diverse matters related to their employment relationships to help them achieve their goals while complying with frequently changing regulations.

    Melissa represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings, defending employers in matters arising under federal and state employment laws, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract cases.

    In addition, Melissa counsels employers on compliance with all US federal and state labor and employment laws, and on topics such as workplace harassment, workplace violence, terminations, mass layoffs, unfair labor practices, drug and alcohol testing, employee handbooks and policies, and employment agreements.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Melissa has advised clients on the associated legal issues, including return-to-work procedures, vaccination policies, mask requirements and mitigation strategies. She continues to stay up to date on the federal, state and local legal implications and best practices for employers as they navigate the complex legal issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Prior to joining the firm, Melissa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona, where she was a note editor for the Arizona Law Review and earned CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Legal Writing and Legal Research. While in law school, Melissa externed for the Honorable Judge Steven P. Logan at the US District Court for the District of Arizona.

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    Education

    • The University of Arizona, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, note editor, Arizona Law Review, 2018
    • Wake Forest University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2014

    Admissions

    • Arizona, 2018
    • Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America 2022
    • Recipient of the National Law Review’s Go-To Thought Leadership Awards 2019

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    • Author, “‘I Don’t Want to Die, But I Am Dying’: Reexamining Physician-Assisted Suicide in a New Age of Substantive Due Process,” 60 Ariz. L. Rev. 509, 2018.

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