Position: Senior Lawyer
Practice Area: US Immigration Law
Education & Qualifications: Juris Doctorate and Pacific Asian Legal Studies Certificate, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelors of Arts, International Service and Development and Chinese Studies, World College West
Professional Memberships: Australian Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Former Secretary Hawaii Chapter, AILA Bangkok District Chapter Treasurer &,Executive Committee (Current), Former Chair of Membership and USCIS Liaison Committees, American Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association (ABA), National Lawyers Guild.
Melissa is a senior member of the Immigration Law Practice Group and head of the U.S. Immigration Practice Group for the firm.
Melissa provides specialist US immigration advice and visa assistance to our corporate clients and individual private clients in all aspects of US Immigration Law.
In addition, Melissa has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs and start-up companies with a special focus on the IT, manufacturing, engineering and educational industries.
Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Melissa was a senior associate in a leading global immigration law firm in Sydney and prior to that was owner of a private immigration law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Melissa is fluent in English, German and Mandarin.