Melissa has practiced exclusively in the areas of estate planning, probate, trusts, charitable planning, actions in probate and superior courts and estate and gift tax her entire career. She is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., 1985) and Duke University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1988).
Melissa was a founding partner of Salo and Walker and practiced with the firm from 1995 until Ann Salo’s retirement in 2017. Melissa previously practiced with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco and Long, Aldridge & Norman and Grenwald & Salo in Atlanta. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a member of the American Bar Association (member, Real Property, Probate & Trust section), the Atlanta Bar Association (member, Estate Planning and Probate Section, member, Board of Directors 2000-2002), the State Bar of Georgia (Fiduciary Section, Chair, 2004-2005, Chair, Legislation Committee, 1999-2002, Chair, Rule Against Perpetuities Study Committee, 1999-2000), the State Bar of California (inactive), the Atlanta Estate Planning Council (member, Board of Directors, 2000-2002, 2010-2012), and the Decatur-DeKalb Estate Planning Council. Melissa has been selected by her peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning and Probate by Atlanta Magazine every year since 2004. She serves as a member of The Paideia School Endowment Fund, Atlanta, Georgia, and served on the Board of Trustees of the school from 2007 to 2019.