Melissa L. Fox

  • Associate at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (435 Attorneys)
  • 999 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309-3996
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Melissa Fox counsels clients on a variety of business and commercial litigation matters, including financial services, labor and employment, securities litigation and enforcement, and professional liability. Melissa’s experience includes defending class action lawsuits, advising on regulatory matters and compliance issues, conducting internal investigations, and representing clients in a variety of proceedings in state and local courts.

Melissa defends national and regional law firms in professional liability matters arising out of corporate transactions, franchising, securities, trusts and estate planning, and litigation, among other practice areas. Melissa also has experience assisting major insurance companies, financial industry participants, and educational institutions in class action lawsuits, and advising clients in internal investigations and those brought by state and federal regulators.

Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland (US), Melissa participated in the firm’s 2014 Summer Associate program. Her previous experience includes serving as a technical writer for a major logistics company.

Selected Experience

Represents and defends a group of underwriters in a putative class action brought on behalf of purchasers of preferred shares in a failed energy company.
Represents and defends an international pharmaceutical company in a products liability action based on the theory of innovator liability.
Defended an AmLaw 50 law firm against claims of professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.


Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: The best interest standard under FINRA’s suitability rule (February 26, 2019)
In connection with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed Regulation Best Interest, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has asserted (with some case law support from the ...

Legal Alert: Call connected: DC Circuit finally weighs in, rejects significant parts of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 TCPA order (March 19, 2018)
In a long-awaited ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit trimmed the expansive scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The appellants, in ACA International v. Federal ...

Legal Alert: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger Reignites Discussions of Federal Courts’ Inherent Authority (April 19, 2017)
In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway ...


FINRA's Suitability Rule vs. SEC's 'Best Interest' Regulation (January 15, 2019)
In 2019, a key priority for the SEC will be adopting Regulation Best Interest, which would require broker-dealers to act in the best interest of their retail customers. In a comment letter regarding ...

When Precedent Doesn’t Really Stand for That Proposition: FINRA’s Suitability Rule and the Meaning of “Best Interest” (December 12, 2018)
Bloomberg Law
Everyone knows that broker-dealers and investment advisers have different duties and obligations to their clients. Well, not quite everyone. In particular, not the Financial Industry Regulatory ...

You're Hired! What Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination May Mean For the SEC’s Enforcement Program (July 16, 2018)
On the night of Monday, July 9, President Donald Trump interrupted one of America’s most-watched reality television shows, The Bachelorette, to deliver his own metaphorical final rose to D.C. ...

The Triggers for Work Product Protection and the Duty to Preserve Are Not Identical (Fall 2017)
Partnering Perspectives
Some Federal Courts have conflated the triggers for work product protection and document preservation. In their article for the Fall 2017 edition of Partnering Perspectives, Eversheds Sutherland (US) ...

Federal Court’s Inherent Authority Revisited (June 2017)
Captive Insurance Company Reports
In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway ...


Partnering Perspectives: Insights from Inside and Outside the Corporate Law Department (Fall 2017)
With the US poised to decrease regulation and the outcome of Brexit unknown, multinational institutions face a great deal of unpredictability in the regulatory landscape. We are pleased to present ...


In the News

The Power of a Name Change (August 2018)
The Docket - A newsletter of Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Eversheds Sutherland’s Melissa Fox and Lucy Dalton are featured in the August 2018 edition of The Docket, a monthly newsletter of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, regarding their recent pro bono victory ...

Press Releases

Eversheds Sutherland Attorneys Win Distinguished Legal Writing Award (February 27, 2019)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that Partner Brian L. Rubin and Associates Melissa L. Fox and Amanda R. Giffin are recipients of the “Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” for their ...

Eversheds Sutherland 2016 Pro Bono Hours Add Up for Worthwhile Causes (July 31, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that its attorneys spent more than 15,000 hours on 614 pro bono matters in 2016. The cases, which ranged from contract disputes to high-profile asylum ...

Associate Melissa Fox Selected to Participate in Anti-Defamation League’s 2017-2018 Glass Leadership Institute (June 28, 2017)
ATLANTA-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that Associate Melissa L. Fox has been selected to participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2017-2018 Glass Leadership Institute. ...

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Class Action Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Internal Investigations
  • Securities Fraud Class Action
  • Appellate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Georgia, B.A., magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
Emory University School of Law, J.D., with high honors, Notes & Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal
Year of First Admission:
Trial and Appellate Courts Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Activities

Founding Member & Advisory Board Member, Law Students' Coalition for Civil Rights
Alumni, Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute
Member, State Bar of Georgia Professional Liability Section
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, National LGBT Bar Association
Member, Atlanta Leadership Committee, Lambda Legal
Member, Stonewall Bar Association


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