Melissa practices in the areas of labour and employment law and human rights law. She has experience providing advice to both employees and employers, in both unionized and non-unionized contexts. Melissa has experience in matters before the Manitoba Labour Board, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, judicial review hearings, human rights complaint processes and wrongful dismissal litigation. Melissa also provides advice with respect to employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, workplace policies, compliance (including employment standards and workplace safety legislation) and employment terminations.
Melissa began with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP as a summer student in 2006 and 2007 and returned as an articling student in 2008.
Primary Practice Area
B.Comm (Honours) (with Distinction), University of Manitoba, 2005
LLB, University of Manitoba, 2008
Highest Standing - International Business Law Course (2007, University of Manitoba)
Highest Standing - Legal Profession & Professional Responsibility Course (2007, University of Manitoba)
Pitblado Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba (2007)
In the Community
MBA Past-President from September 2018-2019
President, Manitoba Bar Association (MBA), September 2017 - 2018
Board of Directors, Secretary, Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba Inc.
2017 Mid-Winter Conference Planning Committee, MBA
Vice-President, Manitoba Bar Association (MBA), 2016 - August 2017
Director of Advocacy and Public Relations, MBA, 2014 - 2016
Lawyer's Play Committee member, MBA/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Joint Production, 2014 - 2016
Learning Group Facilitator, CPLED (Manitoba), 2015 - 2016
Co-Chair, MBA Law Day Committee, 2013 & 2014
Cast Member, MBA/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Joint Production, 2011, 2012 & 2013
Frequent presenter to employer groups and associations