Melissa Ann Conner
Melissa concentrates her practice on business litigation, FINRA arbitrations and franchise law and litigation. Melissa has over a decade of experience representing businesses and individuals in both transactional and litigation matters. She has represented clients in state and federal courts, regulatory and administrative proceedings and arbitration. Melissa’s franchise law experience includes forming companies to serve as franchisors or franchisees; setting up and registering franchise systems in states across the U.S.; preparing and analyzing Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), franchise agreements and area development agreements; advising franchise clients on franchise relationship and termination issues; and litigating and arbitrating franchise disputes.
Melissa has practiced in both large and small firms, including practicing for over six years with a nationally recognized law firm representing clients in business litigation matters, insurance coverage disputes, professional liability cases and franchise law matters. Prior to entering private practice, she clerked for two judges in the state trial court in Norfolk, Virginia.
Melissa earned her law degree from William & Mary Law School (2002). During her law school tenure, Melissa served on the Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Board and Team. She graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary (1999).
Melissa has served on the William & Mary Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors for over 10 years, including as President. She has also served William & Mary Law School as the Assistant Director for Research & Professional Development for the Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT) and as an adjunct professor. While teaching at William & Mary Law School, Melissa developed a course in and taught Ecommerce Law. She also designed and taught the professional responsibility curriculum for first-year, second-year and LLM students and taught in the Legal Skills Program.
Melissa has been selected as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Franchise/Dealership Law and/or in Business Litigation for the past six years (2009-2014).
In addition to her years of experience as a litigator and franchise lawyer, Melissa has also assisted individuals with their estate planning needs and has volunteered for the Wills for Heroes Program and the estate planning program through Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.