Melissa’s practice is focused on conducting civil rights and workplace misconduct investigations for colleges, universities, school districts, and employers across a wide range of industries in the public and private sector. She is certified by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) as a Civil Rights Investigator and is a pre-approved Sexual Misconduct Investigator for the United Educators ProResponse Expert Services Benefit.
Melissa also represents petitioners in New York guardianship proceedings, and serves on the Part 36 list as a Court Evaluator and an attorney for persons who are alleged to be incapacitated. Her practice also includes representation of sellers and purchasers in residential real estate transactions.
Before co-founding Dizon & Shedden, P.C., Melissa defended healthcare providers and facilities in medical malpractice and negligence actions, and represented hospitals in petitions for involuntary retention, treatment over objection matters, and assisted outpatient treatment. She also assisted physicians and other healthcare providers in employment contract reviews and regulatory and compliance issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked in the healthcare field in clinical and administrative capacities.
Melissa and her husband live in Dutchess County with their children and dogs. When she is not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, cheering on her children at recitals and sporting events, at local barre and Zumba workouts, and exploring the region’s food scene.