Melissa Muro LaMere is a member of Maslon's Litigation Group and focuses her practice on litigation involving non-competition agreements, trade secrets, business torts, and unfair competition and trade practices. Melissa enjoys working with clients to protect their business assets in a competitive marketplace. She serves on the boards for the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and the Infinity Project, and she is also a member of Maslon's Diversity Committee and co-chair of Maslon's Diverse Attorney Resource Group.

Melissa is a cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a managing editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law and student director of the Human Rights Litigation & International Legal Advocacy Clinic. During law school Melissa was also active in the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Mentorship Program and Latino Law Student Alliance. She received her undergraduate degree in economics with quantitative emphasis from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming an attorney, Melissa held various positions in the Office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Selected Experience

  • Valspar Corporation v. Sherman, 2016 WL 5477076 (D. Minn. Sept. 28, 2016). Successfully obtained remand of non-compete dispute to state court.
  • Bison Advisors LLC v. Kessler, 2016 WL 4415036 (D. Minn. Aug. 18, 2016). Successfully obtained partial summary judgment in trade secret/non-compete dispute.
  • On numerous occasions, assisted the Maslon team in resolving disputes related to noncompete agreements on behalf of major medical device manufacturer.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for client after extensive discovery revealed that its former employees had misappropriated confidential information for the benefit of their new employer.
Pro Bono & Legal Community
  • ACLU-MN: Melissa volunteers as a member of the team of Maslon attorneys serving as pro bono co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota in a lawsuit against Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to force the release of all squad camera video(s) documenting the police killing of Philando Castile in July 2016. She has represented the ACLU of Minnesota in other pro-bono matters as well, including matters related to enforcing the civil rights of individuals and as amicus with respect to the interpretation of the Minnesota State Constitution.
  • Latino Legal Experience: Melissa was appointed by The Honorable Michael J. Davis to a committee tasked with organizing an event to highlight the contributions of the Latino community to the legal landscape in Minnesota. The remarkable event featured U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in conversation with Latino middle and high school students at the Minnesota History Center in October 2016.

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association: Board Member 2013-present, Treasurer 2015-2017, Secretary 2013-2014
Minnesota Infinity Project: Board Member 2016-present
ABA Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy: Summer 2015

PRESENTATIONS

"The Interplay Between Noncompete Agreements and Trade Secrets Law: Protecting the Assets that Drive Your Business," Contracts in Context II, ACC Minnesota, 2017
March 7, 2017

Recognition

Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2017

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012-2013, 2016 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

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Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2012
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 2012
Education
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., cum laude, 2012
University of Minnesota
B.A., 2009
Major: Economics with quantitative emphasis
Notable

MELISSA IS RECOGNIZED AS A 2017 UP & COMING ATTORNEY BY MINNESOTA LAWYER AND 2016 NORTH STAR LAWYER BY THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION. SHE WAS ALSO APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MINNESOTA INFINITY PROJECT.



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