Mélissa joined Emond Harnden in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as legal counsel to the Copyright Board of Canada. She also practiced in civil litigation at a large national firm in Ottawa.
Fully bilingual, Mélissa practices in all areas of labour and employment law, including education, privacy, human rights, and constitutional law.
Mélissa provides advice and representation to a variety of both public and private sector employers, in wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights complaints, arbitration, collective bargaining, labour relations board proceedings and judicial reviews. She assists employers develop and implement strategies to minimize the costs associated with restructuring, terminations, and in achieving compliance with employment standards, privacy, human rights, health and safety and not-for-profit governance obligations. She also provides bilingual workplace training geared towards any level of personnel from front line staff to the highest level of management.