Melissa is an AV-rated equity partner at Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation and Professional Liability Department, where her practice focuses on the defense of professionals in litigation and disciplinary proceedings and complex commercial litigation. She helps professionals, officers and directors navigate through disciplinary actions, ethics investigations, malpractice, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty claims and lawsuits.
Ms. Lessell regularly writes and presents on the subjects of ethics, legal malpractice and professional responsibility. She is a Committee member of the ABA National Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability, Vice Chair for the ABA Tips Professional Liability Insurance Committee, and has served in a variety of roles for the ABA Young Leaders Division. Locally, Ms. Lessell is a member of the 2018-2019 Louisiana State Bar Leadership Class, is routinely recognized as a rising star in the field of professional liability and was listed as a “Top Lawyer” by New Orleans Magazine in the field of professional liability defense. Melissa earned a J.D. cum laude from Tulane University Law School in 2009, and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 2005.