Melissa H Maxman is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She has decades of litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels, primarily in the areas of antitrust, RICO, environmental law, complex commercial disputes, and white collar defense. She has extensive experience advising domestic and foreign corporations on global antitrust issues. She has represented clients in complex civil and criminal matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and in private civil matters. Melissa is recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide in its coverage for both commercial litigation and white collar defense.
Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Melissa was the Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. offices of two large national law firms. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry T Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Melissa is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.
Melissa has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2003. She is also an Advisory Board member for the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and is Co-Chair of the ABA National Institute on Class Actions. She is the immediate past chair of the Dean's National Advisory Council for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University. She serves as Co-Chair of the Exemptions and Immunities Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section.
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1988); George Washington University (B.A. 1983).
District of Columbia; State of Maryland; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Superior Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, and Fourth Circuits.
Activities and Affiliations
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Advisory Board Member, Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies
Member, American Law Institute
Former Chair and Advisory Board Member, The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Dean's National Council
Member, William B. Bryant Inn of Court
Former Vice Chair, Global Private Litigation Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section
Co-Chair, Exemptions and Immunities Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section
Co-Chair, ABA National Institute on Class Actions
Former Advisory Board Member, Civil RICO Report
Member, International Women's Forum of Washington, DC
Former Board Member, Sewall-Belmont House and Museum / National Women’s Party
Former Trustee, Philadelphia Prison System
Member, Women's White Collar Defense Association