Melissa appreciated Joye Law Firm’s thoughtful and tenacious approach to the case and it was through their collaboration as trial counsel that brought Melissa to join Joye Law Firm.
Since then, Melissa has traveled around the country speaking about truck accident cases as a featured speaker at numerous legal seminars and conventions from the American Association for Justice, to the South Carolina Bar, to the New Jersey Justice Association, to the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.
Melissa’s Approach When Meeting a Client
When meeting with prospective clients, Melissa seeks to convey how seriously the Joye Law Firm takes the trust placed in the firm by its clients. The firm, and all of its lawyers, take that responsibility to heart. She wants the client to leave that meeting breathing a sigh of relief, knowing they can focus on getting their lives back together while the law firm investigates their case and pursues just compensation for them.
She often hears from wary clients that tell her that they are “not the kind of people who file lawsuits;” but have been pushed to contact an attorney because they are disappointed in how the insurance company has been treating them. Melissa takes satisfaction in winning the trust of these clients and proving to them realize that they made the right decision to hire an experienced and caring lawyer to help them.
“Compassion for people is what I bring to each case,” she says. “I keep in touch with many clients long after the case is over. We have forged a connection that is real.”
Melissa’s Background and Education
Melissa grew up in North Charleston in a family of Cuban immigrants. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2007 with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and criminology and a minor in Spanish.
She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010.
She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an invitation-only organization that recognizes exceptional academic achievement at a college or university.
She is a five-time winner of the CALI Award in the areas of consumer law; energy law and the environment; immigration law; issues in civil rights and legal history; and interviewing, counseling and negotiation.
Away from work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and their three young children and spending time outdoors in her backyard garden.