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Melissa M. Grand

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Melissa Grand concentrates her practice in litigation with a focus in consumer financial services, education law, and commercial litigation.

Professional Biography

Overview

Melissa Grand is a member of the Business Litigation Group and focuses her litigation practice in consumer financial services, education law, and commercial litigation.

Ms. Grand represents banks, mortgage lenders, and financial services clients in various mortgage-related litigation. She represents charter schools, charter school management organizations, private schools and other educational institutions in various education matters on both a state and federal level. She also represents companies in complex commercial disputes.

Ms. Grand has extensive experience practicing in Louisiana district courts and Louisiana courts of appeal with admittance to the Louisiana Supreme Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Business Litigation (2018, 2019)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Schools and Education (2019)
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Class of 2018
  • THRIVE Baton Rouge – Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors (2015 – 2017)
  • THRIVE Foundation – Member of the Board of Directors (2017 – 2019)
  • Capital Area United Way – Community Impact Cabinet, At-Large Member (2018 – present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation; Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee, Co-Chair – Unfair Trade Practices Subcommittee (2015 – present)
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association – Holiday Star Committee (2014 – 2018)
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association – Chair, Holiday Star Committee (2017)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (2009 – present)
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baton Rouge – Chair, Board of Directors and President (2014); Board of Directors, Secretary (2013); Board of Directors (2011 – 2013)
Publications
  • "Bank Litigation Arising from Check Fraud Schemes and Client Trust Accounts," American Bar Association, Business Torts & Unfair Competition (June 2016)
  • "Protecting Granny: Recent Developments in Nursing Home Litigation in Louisiana," Louisiana Law Review, Issue 2 (Winter 2009)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools Annual Conference" (December 2019)
  • "Developing Social Media Policies," Southern Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference (October 2019)
  • "The Top Special Education Legal Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)," National Business Institute (May 2019)
  • Legal Panel Presenter – Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools Annual Conference (December 2018)
  • "Protecting Student Data in an (Un)secure World," Southern Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference (October 2018)
  • "Essential Components of a 504 Plan," National Business Institute, "Special Education Law From A to Z" seminar (June 2018)

Industries

Education

  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., D.C.L., 2009
    • Board of Editors, Senior Editor – Louisiana Law Review
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 2005, cum laude

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2009
  • Louisiana Supreme Court, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2009

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