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Melissa R. Atherton Partner

Tel (248) 593-3306
Fax (248) 594-0610

Practice Areas


University of New Hampshire (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)

  • Juris Doctor (2012)

University of Windsor in Ontario

  • B.A. in English and Economics (2008)


State Bar of New Hampshire (2012)

State Bar of Michigan (2012)

Organizations & Affiliations

Women’s Bar Association of Oakland Country – Executive Board

Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) – Detroit

Honors & Awards

Michigan Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars” – 2015  to present

Oakland County Executive’s 2019 Elite 40 Under 40 Class

DBusiness “Top Lawyers” – 2019

Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming” Lawyers – 2016

Melissa provides a wide range of intellectual property services in trademark and copyright law, including prosecution, clearance, enforcement and litigation. Specifically, Melissa helps clients develop trademark and copyright filing strategies and implement same in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  She also has counseled clients on domain name maintenance and acquisition strategies, including obtaining coveted generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) and domain names incorporating client’s trademarks held by serial cyber squatters. Melissa has extensive experience in internet-related enforcement efforts, such as social media and DMCA take down notices.  She also handles matters in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Melissa has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, an award bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys in Michigan.  She was also recognized as a DBusiness Top Lawyer, and a member of the 2019 Class of Elite 40 Under 40 by the Oakland County Executive office.  Melissa is a past member of the executive board of the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland Country and is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) – Detroit.

Melissa was born in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two bulldogs.