Melissa Hailey is a committed and enthusiastic advocate for her clients. She represents individual and organizational plaintiffs in a variety of matters, including catastrophic personal injury, products liability, insurance bad faith, premises liability, professional negligence, and environmental litigation. Her practice routinely encompasses both trial and appellate work.
Over the last decade, Melissa has worked in the nonprofit and private sectors. She has secured millions of dollars for her clients through the arbitration, trial, and settlement of breach of contract and tort proceedings. She has argued to various state and federal courts of appeal matters involving insurance disputes, subrogation, fraud, product liability, and the taking of endangered species.
She is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association (CTLA), the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Attorneys Information and Exchange Group (AIEG), and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She serves as a brief writer for CTLA’s amicus committee and is a member of CTLA’s bad faith committee.
From 2010 to 2017, Melissa has served as the President of the Board of the Southern Plains Land Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to setting aside land for the benefit of native wildlife. She has been a guest lecturer in Natural Resources at the University of New Mexico’s School of Law, presented on the overutilization of National Environmental Policy Act categorical exclusions to the U.S. Counsel on Environmental Quality, and co-authored a book on strategies to reintroduce wolves to the Southern Rockies ecosystem.
Seattle University School of Law (JD, cum laude, 2006)
University of Denver (BA, cum laude, 2001)
Colorado Rising Stars, 2016-2018
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2017
Colorado Women’s Bar Association