Maslon is pleased to announce that Melissa Muro LaMere, attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group, has been named a 2017 "Up & Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer. The recognition highlights lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements. The criteria for selection includes professional accomplishment and leadership service to the community and the profession.
Melissa focuses her practice on litigation involving non-competition agreements, trade secrets, business torts, and unfair competition and trade practices. She works with a broad range of clients to protect their business assets in a competitive marketplace.
Melissa is dedicated to advancing gender equity and diversity in the profession as well as giving back to the community. Most recently, she was appointed to serve on the board of the Minnesota Infinity Project, which aims to increase the gender diversity of the state and federal bench to ensure the quality of justice in the Eighth Circuit. Melissa also serves on the board for the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, which strives to promote professional growth and opportunity for Latino law students and attorneys, to provide community service, and to ensure access to justice for all. Additionally, Melissa was appointed by The Honorable Michael J. Davis to a committee tasked with organizing an event, featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in conversation with Latino middle and high school students, highlighting the contributions of the Latino community to the legal landscape in Minnesota. At Maslon, she is a member of Maslon's Diversity Committee and co-chairs Maslon's Diverse Attorney Resource Group.
Amidst her busy practice and other professional commitments, Melissa volunteers significant time to pro bono service. In particular, she is a member of the Maslon attorney team serving as pro bono co-counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota in a lawsuit against the City of St. Anthony, 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.
To read a full list of honorees, go to: 2017 Up & Coming Attorneys, Unsung Legal Heroes.