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Melissa J. Jackson

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8106
F 517.371.8200


Melissa is a shareholder in the Employment Labor & Benefits Practice Group. Melissa represents employers and is highly experienced in providing employment law counsel on a wide range of matters including alternative dispute resolution, diversity, unlawful discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Michigan Wages and Fringe Benefits Act, drafting and interpreting policies and procedures, employment contracts and separation agreements as well as reductions in force.

Melissa served as a Human Resources Director for 10 years before entering law school and has the advantage of understanding the employers' perspective first-hand.

Melissa's practice is proactive and her success lies in keeping clients out of court and away from claims. Melissa is named in Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers for Employment and Labor Law. She was named as Lawyer of the Year in Employment and Labor Law by Best Lawyers in America. She was honored as Boss of the Year by NALS of Lansing.

Melissa works diligently to anticipate issues her clients may face and to keep them informed in changes in the law. Additionally, she is co-author on numerous employment law reference books published by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for public and private employers, authored an article entitled “Components of Effective Employment Agreements” for Inside the Minds, published by Aspatore and regularly speaks on these issues.

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers® 2014 Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

Best Lawyers in America® 2011-2018 (Labor and Employment Law)

Michigan Super Lawyers 2013-2017 (Employment & Labor)

Boss of the Year, Lansing Legal Support Professionals Association (1996)


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Ingham County Bar Association
    • Labor Law Section
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • ACADEMIC POSITION: Michigan State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor in Employment Law
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Human Resources Association of Mid-Michigan
  • Industrial Relations Research Association, Past President
Community Involvement:
  • Child and Family Services, Board of Directors
  • Okemos Radmoor Montessori School, Board of Directors


Representative Matters

  • Assisted client in addressing human resource component in a complicated merger transaction between two financial institutions.
  • Assisted health care clients with large scale reductions in work force.
  • Involvement: Counseled institute of higher learning in termination of high ranking executive and avoided litigation.
  • Assisted clients in prevailing in various union arbitrations involving termination of employment.
  • Assisted financial institution client in decertification election.
  • Successfully went "undercover" working at a restaurant in order to make unlawful harassment presentation more effective.
  • Assisted public utility in lawsuit involving a high ranking official's employment contract. Litigated unique legal theory and prevailed at Court of Appeals.



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Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1989, cum laude

Wittenberg University, B.A., 1974

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan