Attorney Melissa E. Graves

Melissa E. Graves
P: 248-351-5423
F: 248-351-5448

Melissa focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented a wide array of professionals, including attorneys, real estate agents, insurance agents, and health care professionals. Melissa is also involved in the defense of judicial disciplinary and general liability matters, including claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents. Her experience includes representing clients from the pre-suit phase through trial and she has been successful in obtaining favorable rulings in a number of appellate matters.


Professional Liability
General & Automotive Liability
Medical Malpractice
Grievance Defense
Trucking and Transportation Liability
Judicial Disciplinary Matters


Wayne State University Law School
(J.D. cum laude, 2002)

Wayne State University
(B.S. magna cum laude, 1999)


State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


Best Lawyers of America®
—-– Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
-—– (2018-2020)

Super Lawyers™
—-– Professional Liability (2013-2019)
—-– Top 25 Women Business Michigan
-—– (2016-2018)
—-– Top 50 Women Michigan (2016-2019)
—-– Top 50 Michigan Business (2017)
—-– Top 100 Michigan (2017)
—-– Rising Star (2010, 2012)

DBusiness® Top Lawyer
—-– Legal Malpractice Law
-—– (2012, 2016-2018)
   –– Professional Malpractice Law
-—– (2020)

Women Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2016)

Recipient of the Boaz Siegel Award for Outstanding Performance in the Fields of Pension, Health and Welfare, Employment or Labor Law

Served as Member of the National Moot Court Team


Oakland County Bar Association
Oakland | Women’s Bar Association
– Past President (2013-2014)


Won summary disposition in the Livingston County Circuit Court in a contentious multi-million dollar legal malpractice claim in which the opposing parties tried to inject entirely new theories into the case after extensive discovery, including over 30 days of deposition testimony from key witnesses.


Social Media and Word-of-Mouse Discovery Tips 4 Litig8tors, DRI Riding the E&O Line, Vol. 3 Issue 1 (March 15, 2011)

In Supervising Other Health Care Providers, The Duties and Liabilities are Many, Michigan Medical Law Report, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Fall 2011)

Voodoo Economics? Loss of Parental Training and Guidance: The New Battleground in Medical Malpractice Damages, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 1 (July 2010)


Presented to a prominent certified public accounting firm in a seminar entitled “Emerging Ethics & Cyber Risks” (May 2018)

Melissa regularly lectures on professional matters as a part of CPE accreditation, covering topics such as risk management and ethics techniques to avoid ethical lapses, privacy and data security issues, and client confidentiality ethics.