Melissa concentrates her practice in the areas of product liability, business and employment litigation. As a member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, Melissa works closely with consumer product and automotive manufacturers and suppliers to defend wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases across the country. She also counsels and defends product manufacturers in employment cases. Examples of Melissa's legal work include:
•Serving on national counsel product liability team for one of the world's largest airbag electronic component suppliers.
•Representing consumer product manufacturers in fire cases involving death and catastrophic injury.
•Serving on lead and local counsel teams in product liability cases involving occupant restraint systems, accelerator systems, truck and car tires, electrical equipment, and overhead cranes.
•Serving as counsel in employment cases involving retaliation and discrimination under state and federal law.
Melissa prides herself on her client service and has been recognized nationally by BTI Consulting Group for her delivery of outstanding client service.
Awards and Recognitions
•BTI Consulting Group, Client Service All Star Award, 2009
•FOCUS St. Louis, Leadership St. Louis, Class of 2009-2010
•Missouri Lawyers Weekly, “Up and Coming Lawyer,” 2009
•Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA), Richard Barron Leadership Circle, 2013-present
•FOCUS St. Louis, 2009-2012
•Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Cardozo Society, co-chair, 2012; Ben Gurion Society, 2012-present
•St. Louis Art Museum, Young Friends Steering Committee, 2008-2012, Beaux Arts Council, 2010-present
•St. Louis Zoo, Marlin Perkins Society, 2010-present
•United Way of Greater St. Louis, Women's Leadership Cabinet, 2008-present
• Chambers counsel, The Hon. Judge David R. Herndon, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2003-2005
• The Hon. Catherine D. Perry, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2000
•Defended case in which Texas Medical Center (TMC), four of its member institutions and Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) filed suit against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) of Harris County and our client, one of the contractors hired to construct the Houston light-rail transit system, alleging that stray electrical voltage leaked from the rail line. Argued summary judgment motion and obtained dismissal in client's favor.
•Defended leading automation technology client in two product liability cases in state court in Denver. Plaintiffs alleged permanent injuries from a malfunction of a high-rise escalator at Coors Field when the escalator began speeding. The client supplied a component of the escalator, which inspector's report concluded caused the malfunction. Developed testimony and other evidence that client's component had nothing to do with the malfunction of the escalator. After depositions of plaintiffs' expert and the inspector, plaintiffs dismissed client from both cases with prejudice.
•Negotiated dismissal of consumer electronics company in wrongful-death case.
•Defended product liability claim involving allegations that a light-rail vehicle was defective because of an insufficient horn and bell warning system; plaintiff was hit by light-rail vehicle and was injured. Court granted motion for summary judgment because client complied with specifications provided by the local public transportation provider, a co-defendant.
In The News
9.29.09 Five Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys Named Up & Coming Lawyers
6.30.09 Melissa Marglous Merlin Selected for Leadership St. Louis Class of 2009-2010
2.06.09 William E. Corum and Melissa Marglous Merlin named among 2009 BTI Client Service All-Stars