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Melissa W. Bailey



Melissa is a corporate transactional lawyer, representing clients in general business and transactional matters, entity formation, securities, and mergers and acquisitions.

My Practices

  • Melissa represents clients in corporate transactions of all types, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, lending transactions, and financing transactions. 

    She also assists start-up businesses with entity formation, including articles of organization, financing concerns, and liability issues.



Law Clerk to Chief Justice Mark D. Martin, North Carolina Supreme Court, 2016-2017

Honors & Recognitions

Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law (2021-2024)


University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2016, with high honors, Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Texas Law Review

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2009


North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District North Carolina



Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

Treasurer (2021-present), Member (2019-2021), Section Council, Business Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2019-present)

Member, North Carolina Bar Association (2016-present)

Member, American Bar Association (2016-present)

Immediate Past President (2021-present), President (2020-2021), Vice-President (2019-2020), Secretary (2017-2019), Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association 

About Me

As the daughter of a Navy-Commander-turned-business-executive and a school counselor, I learned early on that if you work hard, treat other people well, and never hide the ball, then you’ve made your own luck and you’ll be successful. This mantra has carried me through two sales jobs and halfway across the country. Along the way, I gained experience in both the mortgage industry and the software industry. In both industries, the key to success was the same: work hard, treat other people well, and never hide the ball. Some of my favorite moments were being able to find out a client’s ultimate goals and then help them find the right product or package to meet those goals. I approach my law practice the same way—I learn what our client’s goals are and then work hard to make them happen.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy running with my dogs, watching Carolina basketball, attending Hurricanes games, and spending time with my husband.

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