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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. She also uses her background in the mortgage industry to assist clients on commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, sales, leases, and financing of commercial property.

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.

  • Melissa represents both buyers and sellers of commercial real estate in every aspect of the purchase process. She drafts and negotiates purchase agreements, lease agreements, financing instruments, and all other related agreements. She also counsels clients on every step of the due diligence process relating to title, survey, financing and land use matters.


Client Success



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)


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



Speaking Engagements

Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

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

Member, North Carolina Bar Association (2016-present)

Member, American Bar Association (2016-present)

Vice-President (2019-present), 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 my 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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