Melissa was raised in Taumarunui, and completed her secondary schooling at Taumarunui High School. She graduated from the University of Waikato in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint degree, and a Master of Laws degree with Honours. She was admitted to the Bar in 2012. Melissa joined the firm in January 2013.
Melissa's primary areas of practice are rural law, estate planning, trust law, estate administration and conveyancing – particularly subdivisions and farm transactions.
Outside of the office Melissa enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking and gardening. She lives in Waitomo with her husband Ryan, who is a plumber and works for a local plumbing company.