Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 2006
Melissa Iyer has been practicing with Burch & Cracchiolo since 2006. In that time, Melissa has represented a number of governmental institutions and their elected officers including the Maricopa County Attorneys' Office, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State of Arizona in a number of high profile cases involving a range of issues including negligence, Section 1983 liability, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act, and cases involving the United States and Arizona constitutions.
Melissa has also spent considerable time representing businesses in a variety of commercial matters including securities litigation, business and partnership disputes, and real estate disputes.
Honors & Awards
Selected, 2012-2014 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star
Selected, 2014 Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers list, Business & Corporate Law
Representation of the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in a high profile case involving education funding for English Language Learners. The case was heard by the United States Supreme Court and a decision was rendered in favor of the Superintendent.
Representation of the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in high profile "ethnic studies" case involving Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program. Successfully defended an administrative appeal of the Superintendent's findings and filed successful motions to dismiss 11 of 13 plaintiffs in a parallel federal court lawsuit brought by students and teachers on First Amendment grounds.
Successfully obtained a 1.1 million dollar verdict for a commercial diving company against its insurance agent for professional malpractice and breach of contract to procure insurance.
Representation of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office as amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court.
Representation of small and mid-sized Arizona companies in litigation involving claims of fraud, securities fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and employment disputes.
Litigation claims involving escrow agent's fiduciary and contractual duties for national title companies.
Representation of Indian Tribes in personal injury cases by successfully utilizing sovereign immunity defense.
Arizona Bar Association
Maricopa County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Arizona Women Lawyer's Association
Young Lawyers Division of Arizona Bar Association
Horne v. Flores, 129 S. Ct. 2579 (2009)
District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) (as amicus curiae)
Beltran v. Harrah's Arizona Corp., 220 Ariz. 29, 202 P.3d 494 (Ct. App. 2008)
Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Women's Leadership Forum
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Core Leader in New Leaders/Fresh Ideas Initiative
Former board member, Beatitudes Campus of Care, Agelink
Volunteer attorney Arizona Domestic Violence Assistance Project
National Association of Professional Women