Melanie Mills was born on an Air Force base in Panama City, Florida in 1956. She received a full-ride athletic scholarship in gymnastics to attend Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona, where she received, in 1979, her Bachelors of Science in Geology. In 1973 Melanie became the champion United States Gymnastics Federation, and placed second in the United States while she was competing for the Sun Devils. Prior to attending law school, Melanie has owned a dance studio and tennis club in Malibu, California, as well as a bar and restaurant in Parsippany, New Jersey, and owned and operated a children’s clothing store on La Jolla, California. Further, she obtained her private pilots license, VFR, in 1985, without a home flight base in New Jersey.
In November of 1983, Melanie was sworn in as an attorney, after attending and earning her J.D. from Capital University Law School. Immediately after graduating, Melanie began practicing as a solo practitioner, and has owned her own law firm ever since.
Melanie was trained as a trial litigator by attorney, James Kura, the state public defender for over 20 years in the State of Ohio. Melanie is honored, as well, to have been mentored by attorney John Leibold, a strong litigator. Melanie was admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, in 1994, and in 1996, was admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court. Her cases have taken her to many states where she has practiced pro hac vice , including California, and Nevada. Further admissions include the ability to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in California. Melanie has been noted for her pro bono work, specifically the defeat of House Bill 490, at the State House. Melanie worked diligently to defeat a measure that would put have prevented cosmetologists from their right to contract with the large solons in Ohio. Melanie has fought diligently to protect the rights of citizens for Ohio.
Melanie continues to represent the everyday citizen against powerful organizations. For over 10 years she has fought diligently, in both federal and state court for the rights of homeowners to remain in their homes while they fight foreclosure. Although there is law in the State of Ohio that favors the banks, Melanie has been successful in preventing the banks from taking homes without due process, and further, has been successful in assisting clients in obtaining favorable short-sales, as well as modifications of their existing loans. Melanie is well-equipped to do so, as she became a licensed real estate agent in 2007, and works in conjunction with Best Corporate Real Estate, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, which has been in Ohio for over 40 years.